Aughnacloy’s Kris Muldoon came eighth in his age group at the Triathlon World Championships in London at the weekend, while his fellow members of Omagh Tri Club members also acquitted themselves superbly in this elite event.
Competing in the sprint event on Friday morning, Kris continued his blistering form of a few weeks ago when he broke the Tri the Lough course record on his way to victory and was delighted to come in the top ten in the world, thanking Dig Deep for all their support throughout the season.
Being cheered from the sidelines by his fellow Omagh Tri Club and Ireland team-mates, this excellent performance gave the rest of the group a boost ahead of their Olympic distance events on the Sunday morning.
The youngest member of the local contingent, Lorcan Healy finished in fantastic 1:58:53, with the swim shortened to 750m due to the low temperatures in the Serpentine in Hyde Park.
Peter Neill finished in great performance and with time of 1:59:34 with Peter Skeffington putting in a great performance to complete the course in a time of 2:10:45
Commiseration’s however were expressed from all at Omagh Tri Club to Chris McGuigan who suffered the anguish of a flat tyre that ended his race and was unable to complete the course.
Overall Peter said it was a fantastic experience to be involved in an event that is the pinnacle of their sport and emphasised that all five can be extremely proud of their achievements.
Wearing the green tri suit of Ireland gave them a extra boost, getting great support from the large crowds, especially on the cycle as they manoeuvred their way through the usually congested streets of London past landmarks like Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace.
Peter said, “It was a great honour for all of us to represent Triathlon Ireland. To see how this event was run was just spectacular and a real privilege to be part of it.
“The support we received was unbelievable. Every time the crowds would see the Ireland kit they gave us loud cheers and great support. I had never experienced anything quite like it. The organisation of the event was great. There was so many rules and times to have our transition areas set up by. That is why it was so could to have Conor Eannetta as one of the four managers of the Ireland team as he kept us all right so all we had to do was concentrate on our own race.
“Kris finishing in the top ten in the world in his age category was a phenomenal achievement and testament to the hard work he has put in throughout the year. But everyone did so well coming high up in their own wave and can be very proud of their achievements.
“Unfortunately Chris who was in the same wave as myself wasn’t able to finish after getting a puncture. We are all devastated for him, but he can still be extremely proud of his efforts.”