Double Silver for Ireland at World Champs

Roisin Lynch Lausanne

Double Silver in Switzerland

Team Ireland have brought home two medals from the Age Group world championships in Switzerland.

Superb performances by Roisin Lynch and John Lenehan in an extremely competitive championships produced two silver medals.

But the medal count only told part of the story, as #TriTeamIreland recorded seven top 10 finishes and a further eight athletes in the top 20 of their age groups.

Lausanne 2019 Finish Line Man on Carpet

A 67-person strong team of Irish age group athletes headed to Lausanne, the location for the 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final where a massive 4,000 athletes were to race across sprint and standard distance events over the course of the weekend.

The city of Lausanne could not have been more accommodating with excellent organisation, warm temperatures, a perfectly clean lake and a great atmosphere over the course of the weekend.

Contributing to the organisation behind the scenes were technical officials from Ireland Hugh McAtamney, Ian Haseldine, Padraic Benson and Colm Murray; as well as Sue Horsburgh, who while part of the Australian delegation, has spent the past two years officiating at the highest levels in Ireland. 

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Sprint Distance

After the opening ceremony on Thursday evening, competitors got down to business early Saturday morning with the sprint distance event, raced in perfect conditions of zero wind and temperatures in the low to mid twenties.

The course however was not as benign - with the bike taking in the challenging 10% climb of Avenue D’Ouchy and the longer but no less demanding Avenue D’Elysée on each of the two laps. And that’s not where the challenges ended as the run course took a cruel detour through the heights of Lausanne’s hilly Olympic Museum Park, sapping the legs before an impressive grandstand finish shared by all events, including the elite men’s and women’s races, later that same day.

Saturday was to be Team Ireland’s best day of the weekend with both John Lenehan and Roisin Lynch claiming their medals early in the morning.

John Lenehan Lausanne 2019

Lenehan got off to a slow start in the men’s 35-39 AG, giving up 90secs to the leaders following the 750m swim but once on dry land blitzed the field - overtaking 22 athletes with the third quickest bike split and the quickest run split of the 98 strong field.

Lenehan’s turn of pace is all the more impressive when considered against the fact that the Derry athlete has focused all his energies on long distance triathlon in recent years and is set to compete at the IRONMAN world championships in Kona next month.

Roisin Lynch Lausanne 2019

Lynch - a Popular Medalist

Ireland’s second medal came as less of a surprise but was nonetheless just as impressive as Roisin Lynch added a world 70-74 AG silver medal to the European silver she won in Weert earlier this summer.

Retired teacher Lynch has been competing in triathlon for three decades and was an extremely popular medalist - with the reaction of her performance gathering more comments, shares and likes than almost any other social media post in 2019. Lynch was strong throughout all three disciplines, emerging from the water in 7th place, recording the 4th quickest bike split and then securing her medal with an incredible run that was quickest of the entire race by more than 90secs!

Special mention too goes to Patrick Tierney and Vanessa Fenton who both finished 6th in very competitive AGs.

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Standard Distance  

Sunday morning saw athletes line out for the Standard distance race - a course, which apart from being twice as long, was even more challenging than the sprint course as it took in an additional hill per lap on the bike and made athletes climb through the Olympic Museum park twice during the run.

Seven die hards went back to back by racing both the sprint and the standard distance - John Lenehan, Vanessa Fenton, Ralph Barron, Owen Barron, Killian Dooley, Dermot McCabe and Patrick Tierney. Of these both Fenton and Tierney had finished inside the top 10 during the sprint event the day before.

The best results from day two went to former duathlon national champion Paul Carroll who finished 6th in the 50-54 AG and frequent BMW National Series race winner Finbarr McGrady, who also came home in 6th place in the 45-49AG.

Triathlon Ireland hall of fame inductee Desmond McHenry was the next best finished of the day,  coming home in 10th place in the 70-74 AG. 

Full results from Lausanne are on triathlon.org while videos of all the athletes in action can be found on Triathlon Ireland’s twitter feed.

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