Aileen Morrison and Gavin Noble will compete in the Ishigaki ITU World Cup in Japan on Sunday 22nd of April.
Morrison, of the North West Triathlon Club had a mixed day last weekend in the Sydney leg of the World Triathlon Series. She exited the water in 4th after an exceptional swim and biked well in the main pack however stomach issues put pay to her fight at the head of the field and she slipped back to 28th.
Triathlon Ireland High Performance Director Chris Jones commented “She just didn’t have her running legs in Sydney.” “She ran really well in Portugal a few weeks ago and had an excellent swim in Sydney but It’s about getting all 3 disciplines right on the same day.”
Morrison has fond memories of Japan having place 2nd here at last year’s race and 4th in the Yokohama leg of the 2011 World Triathlon Series. She goes into the weekend seeded 4th and feeling positive about the race and knows she is capable of a good result.
In the men’s race a large field of 58 athletes will be racing over the Olympic Distance. Race favourite is David Hauss of France who has had some impressive form of late placing 3rd in the Mooloolaba World Cup and 4th in the Sydney World Triathlon Series over the past number of weeks.
Gavin Noble, who is coming back from a running injury placed a solid 35th in Sydney. Noble who admits he is lacking run fitness after his lay off did well to come through the field in the late stages moving up from 45th at the start of the run.
“I know myself where my form is and I’m not here to be a hero I’m here to collect points.” said the straight talking Enniskillen man.
Once again Noble has a clear goal for Ishigaki and is keen to continue his Olympic Points haul. Being a pivotal time of the season ahead of the official Olympic announcement at the end of May every race counts and it’s vital to score well in order to retain his ranking inside the top 55.
The Women’s race gets underway at 5:30am while the Men are off at 8am on Sunday morning Irish time.