In International racing, Olympic triathlete Aileen Morrison was back in action at the Yokohama leg of the World Triathlon Series.
Morrison got off to an excellent start and completed the open water swim in 19mins 42seconds which saw her exit the water in fourth position and put her comfortably in the lead pack for the flat but technical 40km bike leg.
Half way through the bike section and a chase pack of nine, which included many of the strong runners, bridged the gap to the leaders. Morrison couldn’t live with the pace of the leaders over the final run and Olympic silver medallist Lisa Norden went on to win. Morrison’s 35 minute 10k was good enough for a solid 14th place.
With just three weeks to go before the ITU Grand Final in Auckland, Triathlon Ireland’s High Performance Director Chris Jones was pleased with the result.
“It was Aileen’s first race in a number of weeks and she swam really well so we’re looking forward to Auckland. There’s a little bit more to come in the run but a top 10 or top 15 at the Grand Final would be an excellent result.”
Conor Murphy was also racing this weekend at the Sprint Distance European Cup in Italy. Murphy had a quick swim and exited the water beside the favourites, Raphael of France and Fabian of Italy. This set Murphy up nicely and he remained in the leading pack throughout the bike section. Murphy outpaced a host of top athletes during the 5km run to finish fifth, just 20 seconds off tenth place finisher at the London Olympics, Alessandro Fabian.
In domestic action, almost 400 people turned out for the final race in the Vodafone National Series. Aidan Callaghan took top spot for the men thanks to a strong showing across all three disciplines. Callaghan’s 32min 30second 10km run sealed the deal though and he won in a time of 2hr 4min 25secs. Marie Boland had a comfortable victory in the women’s race in a time of 2hr 15mins.