KEVIN KEANE broke the hour to win the Ulster Bank Valentia Island Sprint Triathlon in Co Kerry last weekend.
Keane finished the 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run in 59 mins 7 secs, with Mark Nolan second in 59:52 and Shane Scully from Nenagh Tri Club third in 61:02.
Amy Wolfe of Cork Tri Club was not only the first women, but clocked the fastest swim of the day. Her overall time of 64:57 saw her beating three-time Irish champion Elena Maslova of the Piranha club in Dublin by 17 seconds.
The event was the second in the Triathlon Ireland National Series, with ranking points and places on the Irish team at stake for the top finishers. The first event in the series was the Joey Hannon Triathlon in Limerick at the start of the month.
Local triathlete Owen Cummins was the winner in 1 hr 54 mins 05 secs, with Conor Murphy from Leicester second in 1:55.35 and Brian Jenkins of Limerick third in 1:59.04.
First woman, and 14th overall, was Kerry Speering in 2:05.51, followed by Elena Maslova.
Coming up next Wednesday is the second of the massively popular Runways.ie Dublin Duathlon Series races in the Phoenix Park, which is now in its eighth year.
The races consist of a 13k cycle sandwiched between two 2.7k runs, all on the cycle paths around the Magazine Hill.
With expected starters Kevin and Bryan Keane and Catriona Jennings pulling out of the first race in the series last month, it was Joe Lynch who led home the 261 starters in 37 mins 26 secs after taking the lead on the cycle stage.
Just six seconds behind was Bren Smith, while third was Peter Kern. Aoife Lynch, in 43.28, was fastest of the women, ahead of Marie Kane and Deirdre O'Toole.
Abroad, Irish pro triathlete Bryan Keane finished third at the Strathclyde ITU European Cup in Scotland. Keane made a confidence-boosting start to his season when he finished eighth in the European Duathlon Championships in Nancy, France, a few weeks ago.
In her opening race of the season, Aileen Morrison finished sixth at the women's European Cup event in Slovakia.