ParaTri Top 10

Caroline Kearney

Walsh goes top 10 at Paratriathlon World Championships

Ireland’s elite paratriathletes were in action today for the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Chicago.

Catherine Walsh with her pilot, Fran Meehan were competing in their first Paratriathlon World Championships having previously won Paralympic and World Championship medals in the sport of cycling.

The pair, racing in the visually impaired PT5 category finished in 9th place as they completed the 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in a time of 1:19:36. The swim was the most challenging aspect of the triathlon as they exited the water at the rear of the field however, once onto the bike they pulled back time with one of the fastest splits of the day.

A strong run leg saw them secure a top 10 finish and gather points towards Rio Paralympic Qualification.

Aidan McGlynn, racing in the men’s PT4 category has competed in eight elite ITU races this season, clocking up 36,400 air miles to make the ITU World Championships.

McGlynn posted a solid 11:37 swim split but lost some time during the cycle section before a strong run saw McGlynn home in 15th place in a time of 1:06:14. The PT4 category was won by Stefan Daniel of Canada in a blistering 59 minutes 27 seconds.