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Melissa Rollison To Race Abu Dhabi

The 70.3 world champ says the Ironman World Championship and/or the 2016 Olympics are on her radar.

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New Australian triathlon star Melissa Rollison will expand her racing experience this year as she further explores her vast potential in the sport.

Rollison wants to gauge her abilities over longer and shorter distances as she looks at racing the Hawaiian Ironman and possibly trying to make the triathlon team for the 2016 Olympics.

The 28-year-old from Brisbane has been a triathlon revelation over the past two years since a succession of injuries forced her to give away international track running.

She has focused on long-course triathlons, winning last year’s world 70.3 title.

Rollison is the favourite for Saturday’s women’s race at the Australian Long Course Championships (2/80/20) at Falls Creek in alpine Victoria, Australia, her first race of the season.

She has been training at the ski resort to prepare for the March 3 Abu Dhabi triathlon, which she is using as a potential stepping stone to the Hawaiian Ironman.

Abu Dhabi features a 3km swim, a 200km cycle and 20km run – on the way to the brutal Ironman distance.

At the other end of the racing spectrum, Rollison will also contest two big Olympic-distance events in the United States this year to see if it might be feasible to target the 2016 Olympics.

Read more: Ninemsn.com.au