Irish Men Perform Well At Euro Champs

Ben Shaw Russell White Glasgow 2018 Bike

Ireland’s elite men’s trio of Russell White, Ben Shaw and Darren Dunne have finished 16th, 24th and 42nd respectively at the European Triathlon Championships in Glasgow.

An exciting race saw France’s Pierre Le Corre run away in the final kilometres to victory over silver medalist Spain’s Fernando Alarza and bronze medalist Marten Van Riel.

 

How the Race Unfolded

An exceptionally quick swim - mostly at the instigation Richard Varga - saw the leaders emerge after 1,500m swim in 16mins 43secs.

Ben Shaw was the leading Irish man with a 17mins 14secs split with Russell White emerged in 17mins 40secs ahead of Darren Dunne on 18mins 27secs.

On the bike, three distinct groups soon formed and stayed as they were for the entire 40km leg, despite the valiant attempts by the main chase group - led by mainly by Russell White - to push the pace on.

Shaw was less active in the same chase group, staying comfortably on the rearmost wheel of the pack for the entire 40km.White 

Russell White Glasgow 2018 Finish Line

White Pushes On 

Out of T2 White and Shaw were shoulder to shoulder in 20th and 21st place with Dunne - who had been in the the second chase group throughout lying in 37th place. 

It was there that White put in a strong 33mins 29secs run performance to move up four places during the 10km, finishing in 16th position with a time of 1hr 50mins 13secs. 

Speaking afterwards, White said the swim didn’t quite go to plan:

"I would have liked to make that breakaway cause I have been swimming quite well in the past two races. It wasn’t really due to fitness, it was just a messy swim and positioning let me down."

White said: "I was comfortable on the bike, I just did enough to hold that gap . On to the run, the first lap was a bit of a struggle but I was very happy on the second and third lap."

Ben Shaw Glasgow 2018 finish line

Shaw: I Blew Up a Bit

Ben Shaw crossed the line just over a minute later, holding on to his 24th place overall. He said he was happy with his result: “It’s probably the only European Championships that I’ve finished. The swim was quick from the word go. I sort of blew up a bit and had to survive and then recover on the bike. I think it was a big survival race and I survived well enough so that was good.”

Darren Dunne Glasgow 2018 Finish Line

Damn Hard for Dunne

Meanwhile Darren Dunne in his biggest race of his career came home in 42nd - a very promising result from a young athlete.

Dunne said: "It was damn hard, that’s for sure. The start go the swim was good but at halfway I just died a bit and the gap to the bunch grew. On the bike we drilled it and caught half the field. I thought my legs felt good on the bike but they mist have been shot cause I didn’t run too well but I ran as hard as I could and got what I deserved."

Mixed Relay and AG Euro Champs

Next Up for Team Ireland is the Age Group sprint distance European Championships and then one of the most exciting events of the entire Games - the mixed Team Relay Championships, which will see White and Shaw line out for Ireland again, alongside Laura Wylie and Orla Walsh.