Courtney rolls on

Olympic return nears closer as Atkinson claims another short-form event
Courtney Atkinson toils away © @DellyCarr | IRONMAN
By Josh Rakic

Ever since cleansing himself of the desire to race full-distance endurance ironman events post his successful Melbourne Ironman debut earlier this year, Courtney Atkinson’s return to the short-form category has been nothing short of spectacular.

A racer and a sprinter through and through, a year spent preparing for and then racing the longest form of ironman re-invigorated Courtney’s love for the short form races he once said were behind him and he’s gone about conquering Australia and the globe ever since.

He’s won events in Cairns, the Gold Coast, Noosa and Singapore, and just this past weekend claimed the Ironman 70.3 in South Korea.

And he’s showing no signs of slowing down, crossing the line first in just 3hours 47minutes to add to his tally and near ever closer to making a decision about his Olympic future.

Post London 2012 Courtney made a decision to defect from the triathlon events that he’d spent the best part of 15 years training for and competing in. But earlier this year he hinted at a surprise return and every win is bringing him closer to Rio 2016. Not that a decision needs to be made immediately, but come 2015 qualification comes into effect and Courtney will either be flying the flag for Australia or he won’t. We hope it’s the former.

And with a handful of events for him to contest before year’s end, the proof will be in the results and his overall enjoyment – of which he says is at an all-time high.

Fingers crossed.

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