KY HURST claimed his second victory of the summer at Coolum Beach yesterday before expressing his desire to see Ali Day win the Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Series.
Hurst, who beat Hugh Dougherty in a sprint finish, believed a series victory to Day would inject new life into the sport.
"I think we need, this season more than any other, a new face, a fresh face," Hurst said of the 21-year-old Mooloolaba ironman whose series lead was reduced to five points yesterday.
"He speaks well and has a good head on his shoulders.
"There's not an arrogant streak in him, he's super humble and shows so much respect. I really do hope for his sake and the series that he can get up and win the series."
Hurst, 30, said Day (pictured) was marketable and presented the perfect image for ironman
"I like Ali a lot. I think he's a top bloke. I think he's a fairly good-looking dude as well. I think he's good for the series to have around," he said.
Day finished sixth in yesterday's round-five pursuit event but his nearest rival in the series, Caine Eckstein, snared third place to halve the deficit between the two heading into the final round at Noosa Heads on Sunday.
And with Day battling a leg complaint, the series is set for a showdown.
"It's still pretty good hanging on to the black jersey but they are catching me," Day said.
"I think they'll probably get me by next round.
"They got five points off me this round - we might even draw the series."
Day showed some fight in yesterday's final after struggling through the individual events.
"It was a really hard day today. I wish the last round was today but it's not," he said.
Day suffered a stress fracture in his leg during the off-season and although his recovery had been good, it was clear there was some pain yesterday.
"IT'S not too bad. I've got a great physio and coach and great support," Day said.
"I've just got to hang on for another seven more days and then I can rest."
For Hurst, yesterday's victory continued a topsy-turvy 2011/2012 campaign.
The Olympic long-distance swimmer won in round two at Portsea before being disqualified in round three when he missed a buoy.
"It's been one of those seasons to tell you the truth," he said.
"There have been so many highs and so many lows.
"There's been no plateau for me.
"To have what happened to me at Newcastle was just unfortunate but that's the way the cookie crumbles."
At Coolum, Hurst snared seventh place in the ski race, first place in the swim race and 17th place in the board race to qualify eight fastest for the handicap-start final, 17 seconds behind Shannon Eckstein.
Hurst had solid ski and swim legs in the final, before powering home on the board alongside Dougherty who he then beat in a beach sprint.
"I saw Hughie get up off the board and he took three or four steps and I thought we've got a race on here," Hurst said.
"I tried to do the Usain Bolt things and really use my arms."
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