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Tuesday 22 August 2017

Reid admits there is 'plenty of work' to do after Abu Dhabi

Irish Olympic triathlete Aileen Reid (pictured) made a solid start to her season by finishing 24th in the opening round of the World Triathlon Series in Abu Dhabi.

Racing over the sprint distance, Reid got off to a great start on the 750m swim, emerging from the water just 13 seconds behind the leaders. She remained well placed in a large chase group throughout the flat and technical 20 km, but lost time on the 5km run, finishing in 60 mins 33 secs - 1 mins 34 secs behind the winner Gwen Jorgensen of the USA. "Plenty to work on," she said afterwards.

Conor Murphy finished 30th in the men's race, and after a solid swim, made the lead pack for the 20km cycle and came home in 54 mins 17 secs after the 5km run.Keane recovered after a poor swim to push the pace on the bike, although his group couldn't quite catch the leaders. On the run, he picked up a few places to finish 37th in 54:34.

Auckland, New Zeland hosts the next round of the series on March 28-29.

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