Why it matters: Nineteen-year-old Australian triathlete Bradley Course made history by earning automatic qualification for the World Triathlon Under 23 World Championship while still competing as a Junior.
Setting the pace: Course proved his mettle at the 2023 Oceania Triathlon Cup and Championship, defeating seasoned internationals to clinch the Male Elite and Under 23 double. This makes him the first Australian Junior to achieve this distinction.
What they are saying:
- "If Hauser can do it, then so can I." - Bradley Course
- “Bradley really takes on board what we talk about, and he respects the experience that we have in the program, and he got what he deserved today from really piecing that race together so exceptionally well.” - Dan Atkins, Coach
- “Beating a host of Olympians and athletes he has idolised his whole career, he now sees himself as a competitor." - Dan Atkins, Coach
By the numbers:
- This was Course's second attempt at the Olympic Standard Distance: a grueling combination of a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride, and 10km run.
- The triathlon featured three Olympians from Australia and New Zealand.
Between transition: Course's impressive performance was the result of a meticulously executed plan, guided by his coach and inspired by fellow triathlete Matt Hauser.
Through Time: This marks a significant milestone in Course's career, showing substantial growth from his Junior Sprint Distance days.
The bottom line: Bradley Course's stunning victory not only underscores his exceptional talent but also sets a new precedent for young triathletes in Australia. His achievement serves as a testament to the rising talent in the sport, signaling a bright future for Australia in international triathlon competitions.