White Claims Silver, Reid 17th in Hamburg

Russell White has claimed his first ever podium in senior international racing, finishing 2nd at the Singapore ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup. The result is the latest in a string of superb performances by White this season which began with his 11th place finish at the Leeds World Series race in June.

Only last week White narrowly missed out on the podium in Japan when he finished 4th at the Osaka Sprint Asian Cup. On Saturday however he dominated the field in Singapore finishing 2nd in a top ten which was otherwise made up entirely of Australian athletes.

Brutal Conditions

Speaking from Amsterdam airport, where he is on the final leg of his journey home, White said he raced tactically and believes this paid off in the brutally hot and humid conditions.

"I was joint first out of the water and with half a lap of the bike done, myself and another fella were out on our own but it wasn't going to work and we got caught by the chase pack, which had about nine Australians in it. When they caught us I knew it was going to come down to the run because there were so much of them to cover any move."

"They were just rolling fast enough to stay away from those behind so I made sure I was getting the fluids in and the gels in so I could cope with the conditions."

"I dismounted first but I think I left transition in 3rd. The main contenders in the race were all together running out of transition, three of the ones to watch went out quite hard. The guy who won it, he stayed out there but by the end of the first lap I had caught the guy who was ranked first and another of the better athletes - Declan Wilson. I broke away by the second lap, after 5km nothing was changing and then it was almost survival mode because of the heat."

White came over the line 38secs down on the winner Matthew Baker and said being on the podium for the first time at an ITU race is completely different experience to his previous results:

"Even if you have a good race, it's done and you go through the motions and pack up and head back to your hotel but when you're on the podium, it's a different end to the race, actually getting up there and being presented with a medal and getting the photographs."

"Even though Leeds (where White's 11th place equalled the best ever performance by an Irish athlete at World Series level) was at a higher level, this is still probably my best performance to date, you can't take away from being at the sharp end of the race and being on the podium, there's something diferent about going for the win, as oppossed to going for as high as I can."

After four races in five weeks, White is now spending some time at home before heading to the Team Ireland Olympic training camp at Claremount in Florida where he train with Aileen Reid and Bryan as they prepare for the Rio Games. 

Results from the 2016 Singapore ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup


More Progress for Reid at WTS Hamburg 

In Hamburg meanwhile Aileen Reid continued her path back to full form as she finished 17th in a top class field in the final World Series race before the Olympic Games. Reid and fellow Olympic bound athlete Bryan Keane arrived in Hamburg directly from their last block of pre-Olympics altitude training in the French Pyrenees.

Reid has had a slow start to the 2016 season because of an off-season interrupted by illness but with exactly one month to go before the Rio Games, she has steadily regained her 2015 form.

Results from the Hamburg WTS Women's Race


Keane - Not Surprised with Result  

Bryan Keane said he wasn't too surprised with how things turned out in the men's race in Hamburg. He finished 37th but the 35-year-old said afterwards that he was always going to find things tough over the sprint distance event.

"I am more of a diesel engine and there just isn't enough road for me to move in to a good position on the bike and run at sprint distance. I ran a 15min 22sec 5km but that doesn't get you to the front at this level. Things are going well, we've had a good block in Font Romeau and it was great to get a hit out in Hamburg."

Results from the WTS Hamburg Men's Race


Mixed Relay Disappointment  

There was disappointment the following day in Hamburg for team Ireland at the 4x4 World Mixed Relay Championships. Laura Tighe and Con Doherty had joined Reid and Keane to make up a four person team in the hugely exciting format which the ITU is pressing to have included in the next Olympic Games.

Unfortunately with the US team, which included Gwen Jorgensen, pulling out a massive lead over the rest of the 16 country field, Ireland - along with Spain and South Korea - found themselves lapped in the closing stages of the race and so were forced to withdraw before reaching the finish line.

The outcome was particularly disappointing for Ireland's fourth athlete, Con Doherty who didn't get the chance to even bike the circuit before US anchorman  Joe Malloy effectively eliminated the team.

Results from the 2016 Hamburg Mixed Relay World Championships