Top Irish Male Triathletes 2013: Part 1

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Top Male Triathletes 2013

Top Male Triathletes - Know the Names
Written by Brian Doyle ( with contributions by Peter Kern (PB3 Coaching)

We take a look at some of the Top Male AG Triathletes in Ireland that you are going see take the podium this summer. The list is based on athlete’s form over recent years and how things have gone in the early season races.

Here is Part 1:

Aaron O’Brien – Limerick Triathlon Club - Triathlon Ireland Junior Squad
Aaron has been a part of the Triathlon Ireland development squad since 2011. He has really benefitted from all the time away in Spain being coached by some of the best coaches around.
Aaron’s main strength is his swim, he managed to record an impressive swim time of 9mins 7secs for 750m at the recent European Junior Championships in Turkey and this was without a wetsuit. Aaron’s run background is pretty good as he was a member of the Irish Schools Cross Country Team, but along with his cycle, they are not yet to the same level of his swim. As with a lot of junior triathletes Aaron’s speed will develop over the coming seasons, so you can expect him to be part of the next wave of dominant triathletes coming through in Ireland.

1st Joey Hannon Sprint 2013
2nd Joey Hannon Sprint 2012
1st World's End Sprint Triathlon 2012
1st TriAthy Sprint 2013
1st Tri Kingdom Come Sprint 2012
3rd Hell of the West 2012

Aidan Callaghan - 24/7 Triathlon Club
Aidan has had a good start to 2013 making the podium in a few duathlons in the west, where his strong bike and very good run always make him a contender. He has been very busy early on in the triathlon season getting two wins and a runner up so far. At the Mullaghmore Sprint Triathlon, Aidan showed that he has the swim to match his fast bike and run splits, laying down a split of 12:51, which, when compared to a known top swimmer like Bjorn Ludicks split of 12:57, shows that Aidan is no slouch in the water.

1st Mullaghmore Triathlon 2013
1st Rosses Point Triathlon 2013
2nd Crooked Lake Triathlon 2013
1st Mourne Olympic Triathlon 2012
1st Letterkenny Sprint Triathlon 2012
2nd Clogherhead Sprint 2012

Brian Harris – B2R
Brian, a former bike racer and the 2012 Irish National 5km Open Water Swim Champion, has spent 2013 training with the B2R academy with the goal of getting on the podium at a National Series race this year. Having witnessed him first hand putting in a blistering swim and cycle leg at the Pulse Clogherhead triathlon, it is obvious he is going to be a contender at any races he turns up to this year. His goal of achieving a NS podium this season has already been achieved with a 3rd place at TriAthy olympic on the June Bank Holiday weekend.  With most of the season still to go, it is likely he will make a few more podiums and a race like Beast of the East would work to his strengths with a good swim and challenging bike leg.

1st Pulse Clogherhead Sprint 2013
3rd TriAthy olympic 2013 
3rd Lough Ree Monster Sprint Triathlon 2012

Bjorn Ludick – Active Multisport
Bjorn, who is originally from South Africa, appears to be the most consistently performing athlete over the last 5 years and in that time was the National Series Champion in 2011. It is easy to assume that Bjorn must be getting old and that his best days are probably behind him, but he is still in the 25-29 age group. He is like the triathlon version of Peter Pan! Bjorn is possibly one of the most talented athletes to not have an Irish Championship Title to his name, with his great swim and strong bike and run it could very well happen yet.

2nd Mullaghmore Triathlon 2013
2011 National Series Winner
1st TriAthy Olympic 2011
3rd TriAthy Olympic 2012
1st Fingal Sprint Triathlon 2012
1st Fingal Sprint Triathlon 2011
2nd Brian Boru Tri Challenge Sprint 2012
2nd Beast of the East 2011
3rd Dublin City Olympic Triathlon 2011

Chris Mintern - Triathlon Ireland Junior Squad
Chris started triathlon when he was just 12 years old and has been a competitive swimmer since the age of 10. He has spent a few years as a member of Triathlon Irelands Junior Performance Squad working towards his goal of representing Ireland at the Olympics. He is already a very strong triathlete for somebody still quiet early on the development curve, as shown when he finished less than 30 seconds behind Bryan Keane at the Monkstown Sprint Triathlon. Here Chris swam in 10mins 19secs which put him right up there with Bryan Keane's 10mins 35secs split; the hard work Chris and his coaches are putting in on those dark cold mornings in winter appears to be paying dividends.
Chris approaches his training in a pretty unique way, he swims with a swim club (Sundays Well) and runs with a run club (Leevale A.C.) and cycles with cycling club (Blarney CC). This gives the benefit of pushing yourself to match single sport athletes at their chosen disciplines and giving access to a lot of very focused coaches.With continued development and an already very fast swim and strong bike and run, he has all the potential needed to be a star.

1st Eurospar Fastnet Triathlon 2013
2nd TriAthy Sprint 2013
1st Sive Triathlon 2012
1st TriMonkstown 2012
1st Waterville Sprint Triathlon 2011

Con Doherty - Westport Triathlon Club
- Triathlon Ireland Junior Squad
Con is perhaps Irelands most promising junior triathlete. He jumped to international prominence with an impressive bronze medal at the ITU Junior World Championships in New Zealand, on what by all accounts was a very difficult course. Con is coached by and is a member of the Triathlon Ireland Junior Performance Squad. Expect to see Con dominating the opposition in any local races that he turns up at, before moving on to bigger things.  
2nd Joey Hannon Sprint 2013
1st Joey Hannon Sprint 2012
2nd Fingal Sprint Triathlon 2012
1st Rosses Point Sprint 2012
1st Tri Athlone Sprint 2012
1st Tri Athy Sprint 2012
2nd Fingal Sprint Triathlon 2011

David Richardson -
A Limerick native and former water polo player, David is an athlete who is now very strong across all three disciplines having improved on the swim leg over the last few years; 2013 may be a year where David records a big triathlon win. David is captain of the racing team. Expect to see him as a fixture on triathlon podiums into the future. 

2nd Tri Athy Olympic 2013
2nd Tri Athy Olympic 2011
2nd North Tipp Sprint 2012
3rd Joey Hannan Olympic 2012
2nd King Of The Hill Sprint Triathlon 2012
2nd Lough Key Triathlon 2011
3rd Caroline Kearney Olympic Triathlon 2012
2nd Tri Kingdom Come Sprint 2012
3rd North Tipp Sprint 2011

Eric Wolfe - Cork Triathlon Club
Eric excels at middle distance triathlon having recently recorded a very impressive win at his first “A” race of the year, Athy Double Olympic, setting the course record in the process. A solid swimmer and biker Eric really starts to pull away from his competition on the run. A look back over previous years’ results indicates that Eric has being incrementally improving his swim, bike and run each year. Eric’s focus for 2013 is the Kenmare Half Ironman. We expect to see a good result from him. 

1st Athy Double Olympic 2013
2nd Athy Double Olympic 2012
1st Little Bo People Half Iron distance
1st TriAthlon Sprint 2011
1st Killarney Olympic Triathlon 2011
2nd Little Bo Peep Triathlon 2011

Kevin Thornton -B2R - Belpark
Kevin is probably the most formidable age-group triathlete racing in Ireland at present. A former international water polo player and junior international swimmer, it’s fair to say that Kevin’s swimming is definitely one of his main strengths. Kevin focused on his running and cycling in 2013 and has seen a big improvement such that he recorded a very impressive 34 minute 10k run split at the Joey Hannon Triathlon and recorded a monstrous 40km bike split of 52mins at the European Age Group Championship. With the last chinks in his armor hammered out, Kevin proceeded to beat the best in Europe at the European Olympic Distance Championship in Turkey by over 1 minute and with no other athletes coming close to matching his impressive bike time.  According to his blog, Kevin trains for an average of 25 hours per week and manages to squeeze in working as a physiotherapist at the National Rehabilitation Hospital at the same time.

1st European Olympic Distance Championship 2013
1st Joey Hannon Olympic Triathlon 2013
2nd Hell of the West 2013
1st Athy Double Olympic 2012
1st Blacksod Triathlon 2012
Norseman Black T-Shirt Finisher
1st Howth Triathlon 2011

Liam Dolan - Phoenix Tri Club 
Liam is a long course athlete who dabbles occasionally in short course
racing. Liam’s sporting background involved cycling, rugby and a brief
flirtation with Taekwondo. Liam focuses on Ironman triathlons and raced at the Ironman World Championships in Kona 2012 recording a time of 9hrs 53mins. This time is all the more impressive considering that Liam spent 1hr 35mins in the swim. Liam also raced the Irish long distance championship at the Lost Sheep Triathlon in 2012 coming in second overall recording the fastest bike and run times. If Liam shows up at your local triathlon you will need a good lead on him out of the swim.

2nd Lost Sheep Triathlon 2012  
2nd Glenarm Sprint Triathlon 2012
8th British Middle Distance Championship 2012
3rd Trilimits Half Iron
1st Age Group Abu Dhabi Long Distance Triathlon

Part 2 of our Top Male Triathletes 2013 will be posted in a few days, so keep an eye out.

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Kevin Doherty
Thursday, 4 July 2013  |  23:25

Excellent 'Part 1' and looking forward to Part 2. Nice to see Bjorn featured, as he is a very nice bloke and we were delighted to have him race and win The Attracta Doherty Memorial Pink n' Gold Triathlon in 2011, beating the 2010 winner Dessie Duffy, Muckno Tri Club. Keep up the good work.

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