Jackson and McConnell 2019 Elite National Champions

Kieran Jackson and Erin McConnell have won the 2019 Elite National Championships at Dublin City Triathlon

Jackson took the lead in the first 100m of the swim and never relinquished his advantage, racing from the front in a commanding performance.

McConnell wins the title while still a teenager with a fantastic display that showed her full command over the women's field.

DCT Elite National Champs Men's Podium

The Men's Race

Twenty five men lined out for in blustery but dry conditions at the Garda Boat Club for the 2019 Elite National Champs.

The sprint distance draft legal race attracted some of the top talent from around the country and a number of high performance athletes eager to take home the title that puts them first among their peers.

The swim began in hectic fashion with the full field thundering towards the first turn buoy about 175m from the swim start. Jackson was first to reach the marker with James Walton, Luke McCarron and Ralf Bodamer close behind. There was little to separate this quartet by the time they reached 750m and all four headed in to T1 together.

Jackson and Walton made their next move early in to the 20km bike, attacking hard within the first 3km to drop McCarron and Bodamer.

Behind them Cillian Tierney and Brian Glynn were joined by Aaron Doherty who worked his way up through the field on the bike after loosing some time to the leaders on the swim.

Jackson arrived in to T1 with the quickest bike split of the day (29mins 48secs) and blazed his way out of transition in just 57 seconds. Walton trailed by a single second but in effect the race was before the pair reached the 1km mark as Jackson attacked decisively to pull clear from Walton.

Kieran Jackson DCT Elite National Champs 2019

He never looked back and ran the final stages of the race all alone to win convincingly in 55mins 20secs.

Jackson was greeted on the line by his father Damien and girlfriend Shannon Kelly and described the moment as amazing:

“National Champs don’t come around that often when they do you have to hold on tightly and enjoy the moment,” he said, adding, “It means so much.”

The Sprint for Second

Walton meanwhile was coming under pressure, as the chasing pack of Tierney, Glynn and Doherty emerged from T2 less than 20secs behind him.

Of this trio Tierney and Glynn were the strongest and drew ever closer to the remaining podium slots during the 5km run.

Tierney at one stage moved in to the silver medal position as he overtook Walton. But a frantic final kilometre saw Walton launch a sprint that nosed him in front to take second from Tierney, who   collapsed over the line 4secs later in third.

Men's Junior Podium DCT 2019

Junior Champs

Aaron Doherty came home in 5th place overall to win the Junior National Champs with Sabian Kulczynski 2nd and Ralf Bodamer in third.

Erin McConnell Finish Line DCT Elite National Champs 2019

Women’s Race

Erin McConnell stamped her name in to the history books by winning the Elite National Champs for the first time.

The teenager showed her already impressive swim capabilities are only getting stronger as she covered the 750m of the River Liffey in an incredible 9mins 41secs - more than half a minute quicker than anyone else in the race.

Next out of the water was a pack led by Orla Walsh, with Ailbhe Carroll and Emma Porter.

Carroll and Walsh pushed on during the initial stages of the bike, dropping Porter and picking up McConnell. This trio worked well together throughout the 20km with Jenny Newbery biking incredibly strongly to move right to the front of the race by T2.

Although caught on the bike, McConnell need not have worried, her run split of 15mins 34secs was more than a minute quicker than any of the athletes competing for the win and she drew clear to win her first Elite national title in 1hr 1mins 48secs, taking the junior national title with it.

DCT Elite National Champs Women's Podium

Orla Walsh crossed the line next but suffered a disqualification due to not serving a time penalty awarded during the race for a helmet infringement in transition. Ailbhe Carroll and Jenny Newbery raced for the final two podium spots in another sprint finish with Carroll coming out the better by 3 seconds to claim silver with Newbery in third.

DCT Elite National Champs Junior Women's Podium

Junior Champs

Elia Tutty joined Erin McConnell on the podium in the Junior National Champs, taking home the silver medal after finishing 7th overall.

Results, Pictures and Video

Provisional results are available on https://www.sportsplits.com/races/15710while a full gallery of images will be available on our facebook page soon, where you can also watch the race as it unfolded.

NOTE: This article was updated on 21/08/2019 to reflect a correction of the results in the men's junior national championships.