Yokohama & Carlow - Weekend Round Up

Crash Cuts Russell White's Yokohama Short

A rain drenched Yokohama hosted the latest round of triathlon's top tier competition in the very early hours of the morning on Saturday.

Following a promising result the week before at Chengdu's World Cup event, Ireland's Russell White headed in to the event with justified confidence.

The conditions however were to prove the undoing of many athletes with numerous crashes on the bike course during both the men's and women's races and unfortunately White was amongst those affected when he slid-out and lost contact with the leaders and damaging his bike.

White told Triathlon Ireland that there was so much surface water that he still doesn't really know how it happened.

"I just hit the deck and went sliding, I hadn't even made to (the corner) where I needed to turn, (there) just must have been so much surface water."

He also revealed that the damage his rear wheel incurred during the crash made his bike unrideable: "When I crashed my rear skewer got caught and bent so it wouldn't work so I had to get to a wheel stop (for a spare) and then carried on but it was rough on my own. I got pulled out from the race at the last biker, first runner point."  

White now heads to Spain for more training before his next race at the World Series Triathlon in Leeds on June 11th.

The men's race was won for the second year in a row by Spaniard Mario Mola who now goes to the top of the WTS rankings. In her first race back after claiming her debut World Triathlon Series World Title last year, Flora Duffy (BER) returned to the 2017 season and walked right back to the familiar top of the podium when she won the women's race in Yokohama.

Full Results

National Series Heads Outside at Carlow

Carlow Triathlon 2017 Racing795 Marshalls

Weather conditions were more favourable back home as Racing 795 hosted the second National Series race of 2017 in Carlow.

Almost 500 athletes - including a large number of paratriathletes - competed in the event held on the banks of the River Barrow.

Mariusz Carlow 2017 finish Line

Mariusz Olejniczak won a hard fought men's race ahead of Noel Kavannagh (+23secs) and James Cleland (+32secs).

Aine Donegan Carlow Triathlon 2017 Bike

In the women's race, Aine Donegan won for the second year in a row with a commanding performance. Second place went to Jess Bruton (+4mins 03secs) who raced from wave 3 of the swim start while Niamh Richardson (+6mins 20secs) finished out the podium by claiming third place.

Carlow Triathlon 2017 Paratriathletes Group Shot

A number of paratriathletes also raced Carlow Triathlon as they prepare for the international season and the paratriathlon champs at Predator Triathlon Loughrea this summer. 

Results and Pictures

Provisional results from Carlow Triathlon are available on RedTagTiming while you can see a gallery of more than 300 superb pictures taken by TI Media's Damien Jackson on the Triathlon Ireland facebook page