Strong Showings from White & Edgar at Gold Coast

Commonwealth Games 2018 Swim Start

Russell White and James Edgar both performed strongly at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia overnight, claiming 14th and 22nd positions respectively.

Very wet conditions and a technical course greeted the 36 triathletes lining out for the men's elite competition. While the trisuits of Northern Ireland, England and Scotland were novel sights for many fans, the faces behind the colours were not, as most of the world's top names; including Jonathan and Alastair Brownlee; Henri Schoeman and Richard Murray lined out for Commonwealth glory.  

Edgar SwimS near the front

And it was the familiar faces of the Brownlee brothers and Schoeman who emerged from the water in the lead following the 750m swim. But right up there with was 20 year old James Edgar who posted a swim time of 9mins to be in 11th place out of the water.

Ireland's top ranked athlete Russell White had a difficult swim by his high standards and came in to T1 10secs back as the 19th quickest swimmer of the field.  

White Pushes on the Bike

On the bike, the lead group of six drove the pace on, creating a small gap over the rest of the field. White meanwhile had to put in a massive effort on lap 1 of the bike to maintain contact with the main chase group.

He ended up posting the 7th quickest bike split of the race and explained afterwards that the swim left him making up for time: "I got a bit bashed up in the water and found it hard. Then when I got on to the bike for the first lap I was chasing very hard following Richard Murray's wheel. Chasing hard to get in to that pack put me in to a deficit that I guess I never really recovered from."

After a superb swim, James Edgar was contending with the challenge of a tricky bike circuit that apart from a wet surface, included a number of 180 degree dead turns. 

"I felt comfortable coming out (of the water) but the sheer power of the guys coming our of the corners (on the bike) was too much for me to hang on to," he told Triathlon Ireland after the race.

Commonwealth Games 2018 Bike

Within Reach at T2

Having driven the chase pack on alongside Richard Murray and Jacob Birtwhistle, Russell White was still within reach of the leader coming in to T2 but never quite found his legs on the 5km run.

"I had a good transition and was well positioned heading on to the run but the legs never really got going." White remarked. 

His 16min 39secs run split however was enough for him to maintain 14th place at the finish line just over 2mins behind winner Henri Schoeman. 

"I was very disappointed because my run is going really well at the moment. It wasn’t exactly the result I wanted, I went in ranked 15th and I would have liked to be closer to the top 10 but it didn’t go to plan," White said.

He admitted however that he was being hard on himself. "It’s a big step up from Glasgow 2014 and the sprint distance doesn’t suit me as much, my best results come from Olympic distance. I am probably in the best shape I have ever been in and I am looking forward to Bermuda which is the next Olympic distance race."  

Edgar came home in 22nd and as one of the youngest competitors in the race said he was happy with the experience of racing a world class field "I'll be back stronger than ever", Edgar said at the conclusion.

See the Full Results from the Men's Race at the Commonwealth Games