Irish Athletes at IRONMAN World Championships Kona

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The iconic IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii took place last Saturday, 13 October. This year's championships saw almost 2,500 athletes travel from all over the world to race against the best in their age group in long distance racing. Conditions on the day were dry with low winds meaning hot conditions on the course, and the 42.2km run in particular.

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Nineteen athletes were on the start line representing Ireland in Kona, all finishing the 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42.2km run with some strong age category results. There were five top twenty age group finishes from James Curran, Helena Hayes, Declan Doyle, Siobhan Kennedy and Owen Martin.

Top ten in Age group

The highest age group placing came from Helena Hayes, in the 25 - 29 age group. Hayes finished tenth in her age group and 87th woman overall, completing in 10:16:03.

James Curran was the sole Irish triathlete to break nine hours, finishing in an impressive 8:56:19 and 17th in the 30 - 34 age category. He was also the 85th male to cross the line and in the top 100 overall.

Also racing in Kona was Kildare based triathlete Mariusz Olejniczak, representing Poland at the championships. Finishing in 8:46:49, and sixth in the 35 - 39 age group, Olejniczak was 52nd male across the finish line. This finishes off a successful 2018 season for Mariusz, who finished second in the Middle Distance National Championships at The Lost Sheep Triathlon.


See the results of all the Irish athletes below. For a full list of results visit the IRONMAN website here.

NameFinish TimeAge CategoryPlace in Age Category
Ciaran Byrne9:32:2345 - 4931
James Curran8:56:1930 - 3417
Declan Doyle9:21:2845 - 4915
Sean Finn11:59:1950 - 54155
Garry Hall10:05:1945 - 49101
Helena Hayes10:16:0325 - 2910
Michelle Heneghan11:10:5630 - 3449
Mark Higgins9:40:3535 - 39110
Donnacha Holmes9:25:1540 - 4443
Emmet Kelly9:44:3335 - 39119
Siobhan Kennedy12:22:4855 - 5916
Martin Kirwan10:20:4245 - 49142
Felicia Long14:05:4845 - 4971
Owen Martin9:25:1545 - 4919
Mark McCabe10:23:1045 - 49145
Michael McCarron9:37:1135 - 39103
Anne-Marie Power11:18:0945 - 4935
Michael Scully9:47:1930 - 34119
Charles Slovenski14:55:0560 - 6463

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