Russell White was in action again this week in Karlovy Vary for his third Standard Distance World Cup in as many weekends.
Former Triathlon Ireland Performance Director Stephen Delaney has described Karlovy Vary as one of the most demanding courses across swim, bike, and run on the World Triathlon circuit. The swim includes nine turns and an Australian exit (a multi-lap open-water swim where the swimmer is expected to exit the water, run a distance and then re-enter the water). The bike course contains 15% climbs, cobbled streets, and sharp downhill corners, while the run course features multiple direction changes, alongside surface and gradient changes through the old town.
White finished in 18th position overall, concluding a strong block of racing and climbing up the World Rankings. White now sits in 128th position on the Olympic Rankings, with Felix Duchampt of Romania currently holding the New Flag spot on the Olympic Simulation start sheet, with an Olympic Rankings position of 92nd.
On his Instagram account after the race, White stated, he’ll “always want more,” continuing “but as a return to World Cup racing after my fair share of struggles I’m very proud.
“There’s probably been more people believing in me than I have at times and for that I’m always grateful.
“Time to recover, get a training block under my belt and finish of the season even stronger again.”
Meanwhile in Mauritius, there was Gold all round for the Irish Para-athletes at the Paratriathlon Cup Blue Bay. Oliver Gunning took the top spot in the PTVI Men’s race, while Cassie Cava was equally successful in the PTS3 Women’s race, and Judith MacCombe continued to show her strong form this season with Gold in the PTVI Women’s race.