Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast's World Champion Expecting to Win at Mooloolaba

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Coast's World Champion Expecting to Win at Mooloolaba

Article excerpt

TRIATHLON: Reigning ironman world champion Pete Jacobs has fired a shot that will echo in the ears of his main rivals ahead of his title defence on a lava-scorched, heat-shimmering Hawaiian landscape next month.

After being sidelined for six weeks earlier in the year with a hip injury, the 31-year-old endurance weapon revealed he was in better shape - both in body and mind - than this time last year.

Originally from Sydney but now residing in Noosa Heads after recently buying a home there, the eight-year professional expects to shine when contesting the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast at Mooloolaba on September 15.

The half ironman will be Jacob's final hitout before heading to Kona, Hawaii, for the Ironman World Championship on October 13.

In 2011, he finished second at the Kona event - a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and 42km run that he completed in 8hr18.37sec last year.

"I did some gym work a couple of months ago, which made me a lot stronger at this point of the year than I was last year," he said. …

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