AFTER dominating the Wollongong Aquathon, Rio Olympian Ashleigh Gentle turned a steely gaze to the Commonwealth Games in her own backyard on the Gold Coast next year.
Gentle finished 26th overall in Brazil last year, but is determined to prove her standing among the best during the upcoming world series events and book her place at the Commonwealth Games along the way.
“It’s in my home town, so I definitely want to make sure I qualify for that,” she said.
“The first opportunity is at the Gold Coast world series race, so I’m gearing up to be ready.”
Gentle was part of a large group to emerge from the water in the women’s race, but showed her elite class by powering away on the run.
Still in a heavy training phase before the world series begins in Abu Dhabi, Gentle was unsure of her ability to win the race when starting the run. “I just tried to build into it and do my own thing, it was a great run,” she said.