Courtney back at No.1

Return to triathlon pays immediate dividends
Courtney Atkinson © Trent Mitchell/Red Bull Content Pool
By Josh Rakic

Courtney Atkinson could be one step closer to returning to Olympic distance triathlon on a full-time basis and launching his Rio 2016 campaign after a dominant race victory in Singapore over the weekend.

A last minute decision to contest the ITU race upon visiting relatives in Singapore paid dividends, Courtney taking out the win in the Elite division to prove to himself and his rivals that his speed and competitive spirit has been far from dulled since retiring from the sports post the 2012 London Games.

“I’ve been jumping in some running races in the last few weeks and going well I thought while in Singapore I might as well race – it brought back some good memories,” Courtney says.

That was my first ITU race since the London Olympics two years ago. And I really enjoyed it.

Since London, Courtney has experiment in a number of disciplines including full distance 226km ironman and off-road XTERRA racing. But upon completing the gruelling Melbourne Ironman event earlier this year where endurance and not speed is key, he re-rediscovered his passion for the shorter, speedier format. And as recently as last week suggested a return to the Olympic arena wasn’t out of the question.

“I’ll go back and do some half marathons and then make a decision on whether I maybe even do have that shot at Rio – maybe,” Courtney said last week.

“I’m just keeping my options open.” And more results like the weekend’s could well twist his arm.

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