Doherty Podiums, White Top 25 - International Round Up

Last weekend was incredibly busy for Ireland's high performance triathletes with ITU races in both Sweden and Canada.

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Malmo European Cup

On Saturday, a sizeable contingent of Irish development athletes made their way to Sweden for an ETU European Cup race in Malmo.

In the women's event, Ailbhe Carroll was looking to make amends for the disappointment of a 26th place finish in her last international race in Tartu in July.

And make amends she did, finishing 20th and claiming her first ITU points as she told Triathlon Ireland after the race:  

"A top 20 and my first dip into the ITU points jar...satisfied but left wanting more as always. I was very happy to put right the wrongs I made in Tartu and build on the consistency I have had in earlier races. Excited and looking forward to another crack next weekend in Belgium!"

Foley 24th

National Sprint Distance Champion Heather Foley also raced Malmo - her first international race since the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

She finished 24th and had mixed feelings about her result:

I'm disappointed but at the same time can take a lot from the race, my initial goal was to hang on in the main pack in swim and I did that which I was delighted with but between struggling to get out of water on pontoon and a T1 that was too slow at that level I missed the bike pack after doing the hard work in swim to hang onto the swim group."

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Foley continued: "So I was on my own the whole bike but knew I had to just go as hard as I could, then on run my legs were done but I felt better near the end. Overall I have to take the positives (and definitely get working on transitions!!) the experience was great after it been over ten years since my last international triathlon at commonwealth games in Melbourne. Looking forward to the next one as I know with correcting the wee errors like T1 I'd be in the bike pack and with fresher running legs be capable of a top 15."

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Doherty Second

The result of the weekend however was achieved by Con Doherty, who finished in 2nd place in the men's elite race in Malmo.

Doherty has had a string of fantastic results this season so far, including a 5th place in Tartu and 7th at the Altafulla European Cup.

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Following a strong swim-bike, he led the race out of T2 with 6th place finisher at the Rio Olympics, Marten Van Riel on his shoulder. Doherty ran a brave race but even a 14min 24secs run wasn't quite enough to stay with Van Riel who won in 53mins 46secs. Doherty claimed a superb 2nd place, crossing the line a mere nine seconds later.

The result sees Doherty jump 30 places on the ITU points list, making him Ireland's second best ranked male athlete internationally.   

Darren Dunne also raced Malmo and finished a very respectable 33rd of the more than 60 elite athletes that lined out at the start.

The race was the biggest of Dunne's career so far and he said afterwards that it was a major step up:

"It was one of the hardest races I've ever done. It was fast from start to finish and the bike was very windy and exposed which made it even tougher. I made a couple of basic mistakes in transition that cost me big time but it's a step in the right direction, and with more exposure and experience at these races the sooner the results will start going my way."

Results from Malmo

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White 24th in Montreal

On the other side of the world, Ireland's top ranked athlete, Russell White lined out for the biggest race of the weekend at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Montreal. White was up against a who's who of the world's best athletes, including Jonathan Brownlee, Javier Gomez, Richard Murray and Mario Mola.

The race turned out to be incredibly exiting with a leading group of seven athletes, including Brownlee breaking clear on the bike leg. White spent much of the race in the main chasing pack alongside Mario Mola and Richard Murray.

White ran an impressive 32mins 45secs 10km off the bike, a performance that saw him finish 24th in a race won by Javier Gomez.

White said afterwards that he was happy with his result:

"A solid performance across all three disciplines. Now it's time to head to altitude to get the fitness back up after 3 races in 4weeks. Still more to come this season."

Results from WTS Montreal are on Triathlon.org