Weekend Racing Round-Up

Bryan Keane Huatulco

Keane Still in Line for Rio

Bryan Keane is one race away from Olympic qualification following his 11th place finish at World Cup Huatulco in Mexico on Sunday morning.

In a race which High Performance director Tommy Evans described as the toughest on the international circuit, Keane came home 1min 15secs behind winner Eitienne Demunsch. Keane's haul of 229 points sees him drop slightly to 53rd on the ITU Olympic Qualification List - but importantly keeps him inside the crucial top 55 athletes that will claim a place for Rio when the qualification period ends on Sunday.

Before that however Keane and his rivals for the Rio places will line out at Yokohama in what promises to be a nail biting morning. With Aileen Reid already qualified for Rio, Bryan Keane's participation now comes down to whether he can finish ahead of his competitors in Yokohama in what will be a nail-biting straight-up battle. 

Con Doherty Cagliari Bike

Irish Trio Race Cagliari

In Italy, Ben Shaw, Con Doherty and Russell White all finished within 21secs of each other as they claimed 19th, 20th and 24th places at WC Cagliari. The first ever world cup race to be hosted in Italy saw the Irish trio race over sprint distance on spectacular course.

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While Shaw wasn't content with the result, as he told us before the race his focus is on the European Championships and the World Series race in Leeds later this summer and Cagliari will have served as a step along the way. For Con Doherty, Cagliari was another positive in his first season racing at the highest level and a significant improvement on his 40th and 52nd place results from his previous World Cup starts.

Russell White described Cagliari as "a hard day at the office."

"Swam at the front but didn't have the bike legs to stay with the leaders and payed for it," he told his twitter followers after the race."

Duathlon National Series Closes

Tribesman Men's Podium

Back home meanwhile, the final race of the 2016 Duathlon National Series saw Killian Heerey claim maximum points with victory at the Tribesman Sprint event in Galway. Paul Magee came home in second place with Gary Higgins in third.

Barbara Dunne won the women's race, beating Siobhan Murtagh and Geraldine Gill. Final series rankings will be calculated once race results are finalised and while it may affect some of the battles for age group positions, Cian O'Reilly's position on top of the table won't be affected. Nor will second and third in the Duathlon National series which went to Chris Mintern and Gavin Corey.

Tribesman Women's Podium

Despite strong performances by Dunne and Murtagh, the podium of the women's National Series also appears unassailable with Heather Foley taking the title ahead of Lorraine Carey and Bronagh Adams.