Subaru ambassador Emma Jackson has claimed bronze at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, in the mixed teams' triathlon.
Jackson joined the team of Aaron Royle, Emma Moffatt and Ryan Bailie, who finished just one second behind silver medalists South Africa. England claimed the gold.
The teams' triathlon is a relay style event, with teams featuring two men and two women and each member completing a sprint distance triathlon of 250m swim, 6km cycle and 1.6km run.
Jackson, along with fellow ambassador Ashleigh Gentle, also finished inside the top 10 in the women’s triathlon, in what was one of the first events of the Games.
Jackson, a former world under-23 champion, finished fifth in the race, while Gentle finished in ninth place.
22-year old Jackson was in the medal hunt until the seventh kilometer of the 10km run when she began to suffer, and was beaten home by England’s Jodie Stimpson, who claimed the gold. Canada’s Kirsten Sweetland finished in second place, with England’s Vicky Holland in third.
The young Queenslander said she had made every effort to win the race and had nothing left when the pace picked up.
“It was such a tough day out there today, the swim was just so fast and I was trying my hardest to keep up with the back of the pack and that first lap of the bike was probably the hardest I have ever done,’’ Jackson said.
“So I was pretty wrecked for the rest of the race. The first two laps (on the run) felt pretty comfortable but unfortunately I just did not have that next gear to go with the other girls. The girls attacked and I could only hold on for fifth today.’’
We also had an ambassador in action at the velodrome in the opening days, with Shane Perkins launching his campaign to claim more Commonwealth medals in Glasgow.
Perkins was part of the three-man team vying for gold in the men’s team sprint, alongside Matthew Glaetzer and Nathan Hart. However the trio were left to battle it out against Canada in the bronze medal ride-off, which they won in convincing style. New Zealand took gold in the final ahead of England.
Perkins had been hoping to go one better in the men’s keirin final just one day later. He put in a gutsy performance to finish in fourth place, with fellow Australian Matthew Glaetzer finishing in second.
Perkins reduced his race schedule just days before competition commenced after failing to fully recover from a back injury sustained in the months before the Games. Perkins had been hoping to defend his sprint title from the previous Commonwealth Games in Dehli.
We’d like to congratulate all the Subaru athletes, and entire Australian team, competing at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. You’ve certainly done us proud.