Marriott sits out the Gold
MOOLOOLABA ironwoman Alicia Marriott will forego the chance to claim a historic Coolangatta Gold "three-peat";, electing to sit out this year's marathon event in favour of focusing her attention elsewhere.
A victory this year would have made Marriott, 25, the first competitor to win the 30.5km women's race three times in a row.
Coach Michael King confirmed yesterday, however, that the three-time winner of the Gold (in 2007, '09 and '10) was concentrating on regaining her IronWoman Series crown and would not take the line at the September 25 classic.
After winning the 2009-10 IronWoman series, Marriott had a disappointing 2010-11, finishing third.
King said Marriott suffered from burnout as a result of a heavy workload last year and had scaled back her schedule this season.
"At this stage she's just sorting things out, getting ready for the (IronWoman) series, which will be her priority,"; he said.
"With the late start to the series, I guess she does have a bit of time up her sleeve. She's definitely trying to get herself ready for that.
"She just got rundown and crook last year and all of a sudden, because she had done so much racing, it was hard to get herself out of that hole.
"The races were back-to-back in the series and it's pretty hard to recover if anything happens.
"She probably looked at her workload and probably saw she had to do one or the other (the Gold or the IronWoman Series).";
Marriott's absence opens up the door for the Gold Coast's Hayley Bateup to claim her fourth Gold.
Mooloolaba ironman and last year's Coolangatta Gold third-placegetter, Josh Minogue, will also sit out the race.
Minogue has struggled with an Achilles injury in the pre-season, failing to qualify for the Nutri-Grain Series at the recent trials.
"He had an Achilles injury leading up to the trials,"; King said.
"He'll probably kill me for saying it, but he has struggled a hell of a lot. He hasn't been able to run.
"There's no excuses, but he's got to sit it out this year, which I'm sure he's really disappointed about.";
Representing the Mooloolaba club in the 46.65km men's race will be 2009 under-19 Coolangatta Gold champion Alex Tibbits and Tasmanian product Matt Bevilacqua.
Recent IronWoman Series qualifiers Danielle Allen, Kelly-Ann Perkins and Teisha Jenkins will compete in the women's race.
Jayden Bailey, Bill Bain, Tyler Maxwell and Jaega Desainis are in the under-19 division.