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Monday 11 December 2017

Dublin Tri wins for visitors

Cillian Tierney
Cillian Tierney

Visitors Alastair Rogers and Natasha Sinha made it a British double at the the annual Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon, held around Islandbridge and the Phoenix Park.

Competing in the elite Super Series draft-legal race, Rogers and Kerry teenager Cillian Tierney emerged from the water together after the 750 swim in the river Liffey.

On the 20km cycle, Rogers attacked and broke clear from Tierney. Five riders, including former U23 World Duathlon Champion Richard Horton and James Mintern, were now in contention for second place.

Up front, Rogers clocked a time of 16 mins 47 secs for the 5km run and finished a clear winner in 57 mins 27 secs. A superb run saw Richard Horton making up six places and finishing second.

A surprise winner of the women's race was Natasha Sinha, an accomplished swimmer who only took up triathlon a year ago. Sinha emerged solo from the 750m swim, with Ailbhe Carroll, Niamh Corry and Jemma Speers following about 20 seconds later.

Elizabeth Carr and Emma Sharkey were a further ten seconds back.

Carroll, Speers and Sinha finished the cycle together but it was Sinha who raced away for victory on the 5km run. Carroll held on for second place ahead of the fast finishing Carr.

First woman in the Olympic distance event was Olympic rower Sinead Lynch who finished eleven minutes clear of  the chasers. Overall winner was James Hoare.

Winning the non-drafting sprint distance race were David Coyle and Emma Porter. Over 1,100 took part in the day's races, among them Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

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