Triathlon Ireland had four athletes in action this weekend at the World University Triathlon Championships in Maceio, Brazil.
James Edgar showed strong form again this weekend with a 9th place finish to round off an intense three weeks of racing. Exiting the water in a good position, ensuring a spot in the front pack of the bike leg of the race, Edgar posted a solid run time of 16:37, slower than his recent run form would suggest him capable of, yet still securing a top 10 finish.
Luke McCarron and Jonathan Oakey finished in 16th and 20th place respectively. Both were hot on the feet of the front pack exiting the water, although failed to make it across to the front bike pack, finishing less than and just over a minute behind Edgar.
Erin McConnell had superb swim in the women’s race, exiting the water in first place and biking well to arrive into T2 with the front group. Unfortunately her running training has been hampered in recent weeks. Despite this, she ran a solid 5 km to finish the race in 17th position. A little over two minutes from a podium position, showing the form is there once she’s back to full running fitness.
As if to prove this point, McConnell was asked to race with the “FISU A” mixed team relay. The team finished in 5th position with McConnell posting the 2nd fastest female split of the day.
Both Edgar and McConnell will be joined by Chloe Pollard for their next international race, the European Triathlon Cup in Ceuta, Spain, on the 9th of October. Event information can be found at: https://triathlon.org/events/event/2022_europe_triathlon_cup_ceuta