Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Waterford Triathlon Club’s Kieran Jackson (left in picture) continued his impressive run of performances this season the National Sprint Distance (750m Swim, 20km Bike and 5.5 km run) Triathlon Championships in Dublin last Saturday. Jackson who had already placed second in the National Olympic Distance (1500m swin, 40km Bike and 10km run) Championships in early August once again finished in an impressive second place in the Sprint Distance.
The swim took place in the River Liffey with the transition located at the Garda Boat Club and bike and run route across the road through the Phoenix Park. Jackson was a doubt for the race due to a recurrence ankle injury picked up early in the season but got the all clear a week before the race.
During the swim leg Chris Mintern, and Jackson broke from the pack and had 20 seconds over Lewis Byram from the UK exiting the water. Both athletes pushed on in the draft legal Bike leg with a blistering 30 minute cycle for the 20km gaining a comfortable lead for themselves out of T2 and onto the run. Mintern gained advantage on the 5.5km run and eventually won out to take the title over second placed Jackson who was almost three minutes ahead of third placed athlete Luke McCarron from the North West Triathlon Club.
Jackson, however, was still upbeat, he said afterwards “eight days ago I wasn’t even entered in this race due to a niggling ankle problem so I’m delighted to be able to get out there and blast around the park with Chris!” Both athletes are good friends and training partners working under Ireland’s London 2012 Olympic triathlete Gavin Noble from their base in Wicklow. Next up for Jackson is the final round of the BMW National Super Series in Port beach, Co. Louth on September 22.

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