Two Weeks, Two Podiums for Doherty

Con Doherty Podium

For the second time in a fortnight, Con Doherty has stood upon a European Cup podium, this time in Hungary where he finished second in the Kecskemét Triathlon.

The silver medal follows the gold medal Doherty won in Malmo and shows the form the Mayo man is hitting as he heads in to the biggest race of the season at the World Triathlon Grand Final in Lausanne.

Number One 

Doherty went in to Sunday's race ranked number one of the 67 strong field - something he was aware of ahead of the start.

"I was a but nervous to be honest but wearing number one - I kinda said 'I am strong and (need to) have a bit of faith in my ability and play to my strengths.'

The event didn't start perfectly for Doherty. He swam 9mins 44secs for the 750m first leg and was 40secs adrift of the front of the race at T1. Doherty later described his swim as 'damage limitation'. But he made up for any lost ground once on dry land, catching the main pack of leaders during the 20km bike leg.

Before the bike was finished, Doherty was even able to position himself at the front of the pack - the ideal place to launch quickly out of transition for the 5km run, as he explained:

"I don't know how I did it but I came in to the transition first. I had a clean sweep and it wasn't the kind of carnage you usually see in ITU racing."

At the first of three run laps the field was still 40 strong. However Doherty upped the speed and whittled down the race to just the overall contenders.

"I stayed at the front and just set a threshold pace. there were guys slowly falling off," he said.

Con Doherty Finish Line Žilina European Cup

Heading on to the last lap there were just two other athletes, with Doherty still at the front alongside eventual winner Nathan Grayel.

"We came around to the 180 turn before the finish and I went around to try and see if I could go but as soon as I went he kicked and I just didn't have it on the day."

Doherty finished second to Grayel by three seconds but declared himself satisfied with the result: "I gave it everything and I made the most out of the situation so I'm pretty happy."


Next up, Doherty heads to Switzerland where he will race alongside Russell White in the biggest race of 2019 - the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final.