JESSE Featonby, the Border’s best triathlete, had mixed emotions after finishing fourth in the Tongyeong ITU World Cup Triathlon in South Korea on Saturday.
Competing in his first World Cup event in more than 18 months because of stress fractures, Featonby almost pinched a spot on the podium in a surprising early return to form.
Frenchman Tony Moulai won, with just 11 seconds separating him and Featonby.
Featonby was in second spot with just 100 metres to go but was swamped at the finish.
Despite his shock bolt in form, Featonby couldn’t help but reflect on what might have been.
“It’s still hard to swallow seeing a podium slip away so close to the finish, but I’m determined next time to learn from this and do everything I can to get on that podium,” he said.
“I couldn’t even run for five minutes, five weeks ago, so sitting back and realising I have raced toe-to-toe with the best in the world is incredibly positive for the World Cup season next year.
“At first I was gutted and let the emotions really take it out of me but I wasn’t even going to compete two weeks ago.
“So it would be ridiculous to be disappointed.”