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Podium finish for Morrison

Aileen Morrison produced the best ever result by an Irish triathlete when she finished third in the ITU World Championship Series in Hamburg.

Morrison had signalled her current good form when she finished fifth at the European Championships in Athlone a few weeks ago. There, the full-time triathlete from Derry was second after the 1,500m swim, stayed out of trouble on the 40km cycle and moved from 13th up to fifth place on the run.

She repeated that pattern in Hamburg, coming out of the water with a tightly packed main bunch. She then held her own on the eight laps of the cycle and picked up places on the 10k run.

In the sprint for the line, Morrison finished just two seconds behind Sweden's Lisa Norden and reigning world champion Emma Moffatt of Australia.

Her first-ever podium finish lifts her to 17th on the world rankings. Finishing 29th was Irish Olympian Emma Davis, who was 11th fastest on the bike but fell back during the run. Bryan Keane failed to finish the men's race.

The series continues at the weekend in London.

Locally, Russell White won the Muckno Mania Sprint Triathlon in a great time of 52mins 55secs for the 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run.

For second place, Karl Kildea of Setanta passed Neil Ferguson on the run. Setanta's Mary Laverty was first woman, catching Trudy Brown of Olympia.

At the other end of the country, Mark Nolan of Cork Tri Club was the clear winner of an Olympic distance event at Lough Hyne in Co Cork, recording a time of 2:3:32.

That put him almost four minutes ahead of Belpark's Kevin Keane with Eric Wolfe of Cork Tri Club coming a close third. Amy Wolfe of Cork was the first woman home and 15th overall in 2:18.36.

Colm Turner from Limerick had a good win at the Carrick-on-Suir sprint triathlon, with his time of 56mins 47secs putting him comfortably clear of Limerick junior Mike Yelverton. Ailbhe Carroll from Nenagh was first woman.

At the Carna standards distance triathlon in Co Galway, Bjorn Luddick had a narrow win over Pulse's Colin Bolger, crossing the line in 2:17.09. Third was David Cahill from Trinity College. Sinead Roche of the Midland club was first woman.


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