Eimear Mullan is making Irish history with a stellar year, first with the win at the UK 70.3 and now as Ireland’s and her first Ironman win. She entered the run with a 13 minute deficit on American Amanda Stevens, but steadily made her way through the run to take the lead. With Stevens stellar swim-bike combo, Mullan knew the run was going to be where she needed to make her mark. German Annett Kamenz took third after Stevens.
Team TBB member Brit Daniel Halksworth had a breakthrough performance winning on his home turf. He was able to hold it together on the run to beat out countrymen Fraser Cartmell (2nd) and Paul Hawkins (3rd).
Now we have a break in full Ironman racing until the inaugural New York City Ironman on August 11th. Having run the NYC Marathon a few years ago, I can promise you that it’s not flat as a pancake but undulating rollers so it will be an exciting race. It’s also a high KPR points event as a championship race and with the 2nd deadline looming, you can bet we’ll see some stellar competition for the last grabs for Kona.
In the meantime, enjoy the start of the Olympics this weekend! So many great athletes and competition to watch and triathlon starts on August 4th–wish I was there to watch!