Ireland had several athletes in action at the Para Triathlon World Cup in Malaga this weekend. The venue will host the 2024 World Triathlon Para Championships, with the Irish athletes competing gaining valuable experience of the course for the following year.
In the PTS3 Women’s category, Cassie Cava brought home gold backing up her recent results from the 2023 Africa Triathlon Para Cup Blue Bay.
Judith MacCombe and her guide, Eimear Nicholls, were 3rd in the PTVI race.
While in the Men’s, Donnacha McCarthy and his guide, Sean Husband, were a close 2nd in the PTVI race, closing in on the top spot after losing some distance to them on the swim.
Meanwhile, Tom Williamson made his international debut claiming 6th in the PTS5M. He will now focus his attention on the World Triathlon Para Cup in Taranto, Italy, next weekend. Williamson will be joined by Cava and MacCombe next weekend.
On the other side of the World, Erin McConnell joined James Edgar and Russell White for the 2023 World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong. Following on from a positive 2023 Europe Triathlon Cup and Mediterranean Championships Ceuta the previous weekend, where she finished 17th, McConnell finished in 41st overall despite a strong start exiting the water in the top 10. The race was ultimately won by Gwen Jorgenson, former Olympic Champion and two-time World Champion.
Edgar and White finished in 39th and 41st respectively. Following on from last week, both athletes noted small improvements in their race craft from their last outings, with White stating he attacked the swim and exited the water in the top 10, only to narrowly miss the bike group. Edgar, who has been nursing a stress response and has limited run training, highlighted that while he’s still searching for his run-form he feels it is moving in the right direction.
All three will line up for the 2023 World Triathlon Cup Miyazaki next weekend.