With four athletes competing across two continents, elite racing was back with a bang over the weekend.
First up was Luke McCarron who lined out in Hong Kong for an Asia Cup event and achieved what is by some measure the best result of his young career. McCarron finished in 7th place in a fiercely contested sprint distance race with just 19secs separating him from winner Austria’s Lukas Pertl.
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Halfway around the world and one day later, James Edgar, Ian Manthey, and Emma O’Brien were lining out in South Africa for the Maselspoort African Cup.
O’Brien in her first-ever elite race finished in 9th place while Ian Manthey came home in 8th place in the men’s event.
But the standout result from the race and the weekend was James Edgar who crossed the line in 3rd – equalling his best ever international result.
Edgar declared himself happy with the result from what was a hard fought race saying, “It was a pretty violent swim from the start. We had a small group coming up the hill for the first time, and it’s pretty full on for the first lap, and then it sort of eased up a little bit, going on the outing backs with a strong headwind. But every time through transition up and down that hill, it was pretty hard. And then it was just survival of the fittest and the run. Everyone was sweating and dying. It’s just sort of getting to the finish line as well as possible.”