Sixth for McCarthy at Tokyo Test Event

Overnight in Tokyo paratriathlete Donnacha McCarthy and guide Bryan McCrystal have finished an impressive sixth in the Men's PTVI category of the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in a stacked field. Due to water quality issues the swim was cancelled ahead of race start and the race was then staged in duathlon format with a 2.5 kilometre run, 20km bike and 5 kilometre run.

Donnacha McCarthy - Tokyo Test 2019 Bike

Staying consistent throughout the race, a strong bike performance moved the pair through the field. Out on the tough second run, the pair had to dig deep, as described by Donnacha McCarthy post-race;

"Getting off the bike it was literally like an oven...there wasn't a breath of wind and the sun was baking down on us."

"It was a case of survival in those kind of conditions, we'd never run in anything like that before".

McCarthy was pleased with the start of his hunt for points towards qualification for next year's Paralympic Games.

"We put in a really, really good, really strong effort. We gave it our all...we'd nothing left when we crossed the line!"

"“It was a really positive result and I think we’ve proved we’ve a lot more to give...”

international debut

Today was Donnacha's first international race with guide Bryan McCrystal. Speaking after the race, Bryan described the effort the pair put into their impressive international debut as a team.

"In terms of the effort and performance both of us are very happy, it's only the second time we've been on the bike together."

"We gave it our all - we worked extremely hard, we worked together."

Donnacha McCarthy Finish Line_Tokyo Test 2019

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