James Edgar Elite Triathlete: Edging Out The Competition

ByJoanne Murphy |

Irish Elite Triathlete James Edgar is a 23 year old from Lisburn who last year after completing his studies in Economics and Accounting at Queen’s University in Belfast moved to Spain to throw himself into the sport of triathlon as a full time athlete. Kickstarting his 2022 season with an impressive fifth place finish at the European Triathlon Cup in Leivin last month it was one of the best results of his career to date.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games athlete has had some superb results since taking up triathlon in 2010, including being crowned the National Sprint Distance Champion in 2016 at just 17 years of age. He finished 3rd U23 male at the 2019 ETU Aquathlon European Championships finishing in 6th place overall in the ELITE men’s race on the day.

It’s not just triathlon that James has excelled, his swimming and running results are also very impressive.  From a young age he has shown great depth and power to his performance and ability in sport.  In 2020 he was both the Ulster and Northern Ireland 5k and 10k Champion, which are both impressive in their own right, however it hasn’t been plain sailing to the podium for James. Having endured no less than eight, yes eight stress fractures in his foot in recent years it is a wonder he hasn’t thrown in the towel on sport or indeed on triathlon, but he continues to remain highly motivated, committed and determined to succeed in the sport that he has in recent years fallen in love with.

We have seen some great results from James Edgar but I believe the best is yet to come and with the amount of ‘hard graft’ as he says himself, consistency in his training, his approach to life as an athlete, coupled with his can do and will do attitude, we will see his appetite for success building to deliver many more great days and results across swim, bike and run.

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