Carolyn Hayes Sixth at European Champs

Carolyn Hayes_Weert ETU2019

The Irish team of seven triathletes have been racing in the Junior and Elite races for the last two days at the Weert ETU European Championships. The action continues today with the Mixed Team Relay. You can read our preview of the championships here

Sixth for Carolyn Hayes

Carolyn Hayes has had a solid start to 2019 with numerous international starts, and podiums, so far this year. The multiple time Irish national champion came out of the swim with a 49 second deficit in the Elite Women's race. However, Carolyn worked consistently with a group on the fast bike course, leaving it down to the run to move up the field. 

Carolyn Hayes_WeertETU2019 Bike

Putting in the third fastest run of the day in 34 minutes flat, Hayes' run was only bettered by eventual first and second placed Great Britain's Beth Potter and France's Sandra Dodet. Finishing sixth for Team Ireland in her first senior European Championships, this result will give Carolyn Hayes great confidence heading into the second half of her season. 

Junior women

In the junior women's race, Ella Doherty was joint leader out of the water with a strong swim of 8:47 for 750 metres and Maeve Gallagher just 18 seconds back.

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Most of the field were together on the fast and flat bike course, leaving it down to the two lap run. Positioned well coming off the bike, Maeve Gallagher ran the five kilometres in 18:53 for 11th place in this tightly fought contest with the best junior athletes in Europe. Ella Doherty finished the sprint distance race in 57:27 for 33rd place. 

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Saturday at the european championships

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The junior and elite men were next up, racing on Saturday. Russell White finished best of the trio of Irish athletes in this race in 21st, having had a solid swim and staying in the lead pack on the bike. Ian Manthey was three minutes back in 36th and Con Doherty retired from the race after the swim. The race was won by Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee, Portugal's Joao Pereira in second and Belgium's Jelle Geens in third.

Russell White_WeertETU2019_Bike

Here, Russell talks us through his race...

"It’s always great to be able to race in a championship race like the Europeans, especially with such a big elite team and the Irish age group athletes.

I went into the race ranked 21st and came out 21st, still very frustrated with my result but very happy with my performance as there were many positives to take from it going into Leeds WTS next weekend. 

Today started off well with another great swim and starting to be more consistent swimming to my potential open water at this level. 

Out of the swim and onto the bike we quickly established a breakaway group of 10. 

The gap was hard fought with it sitting at 25secs for a number of laps but finally we were able to push on and extend the gap to 40secs. 

I was feeling strong on the bike, but unfortunately picked up a stitch when we were pushing hard to extend the gap to the chase pack, I couldn’t shake it off before the run and struggled to get into a rhythm come the run.

Lap one cost me a lot of places but I finally got going again lap two and three of the three lap 10 kilometre course, which leaves me happy with my fitness but frustrated at not being able to get out everything today. 

A lot of big positives fitness wise from this race that will have my confidence high going into Leeds next weekend, a course I have always loved and also had my best WTS result on, so hopefully I can replicate or better that."

In the junior men's race Sabian Kulczynski racing in his first European Championships, finished in 60th, picking up valuable international experience for the future.

Sabian Kulczynski_WeertETU2019

Mixed Team Relay

The Mixed Team Relay is today and a team of four Irish athletes will take on the best in Europe in this exciting format. Start time is 3pm Irish Time and the race can be streamed live on triathlonlive.tv.