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Morrison Bronze in Hamburg

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The Best Ever Result from an Irish Triathlete Triathlon Ireland High Performance athlete Aileen Morrison has taken third place in a sprint finish in the ITU Dextro Energy World Championship Series in Hamburg, Germany yesterday. Morrison was just two seconds behind Sweden’s Lisa Nordern (1st) and Australia’s Emma Moffatt (2nd), in what is by far and away the greatest achievement by an Irish triathlete to date.

"I feel like I’m in a dream right now—I seriously do. I don’t know what just happened. That is by far the best finish of my career. To be in a sprint with Emma and Lisa was unbelievable. I couldn’t be happier right now", an ecstatic Morrison said. This result is yet another great step for Morrison, who’s fifth place at the European Championships in Athlone two weeks ago was until today the best result ever achieved by an Irish triathlete.

This achievement is another coup for the continued development of the sport, the National Federation and the continued commitment and dedication of Chris Jones and his team of athletes, and the many support staff and volunteers who all contribute to the High Performance Program? Triathlon Ireland CEO Matt McKerrow said yesterday. Aileen Morrison is only a relative newcomer to the sport, who was discovered a few years ago within the age group racing scene in Ireland. The Derry girl has been working very closely, under coach Chris Jones, with the performance staff at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland, who’s commitment to her performance has played a large role in this achievement.

This result makes Morrison, who receives funding from both the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland, Triathlon Ireland’s hottest prospect for the London Olympic Games in 2012, and is a significant milestone in what has already been a pivotal year for Triathlon Ireland. ?It certainly has been a great year for the sport; one in which we have hosted the European Championships, membership has grown more than 35% to be well over 5000, our elite athletes have delivered a number of great
performances, and we have signed a new partnership deal with telecommunications giant Vodafone?. McKerrow commented.
 

Also racing in Hamburg this weekend were other Triathlon Ireland High Performance athletes Bryan Keane, Emma Davis and Kerry Spearing. Davis produced an admirable performance to finish 29th in a field of world class athletes. Unfortunately both Keane and Spearing were involved in crashes in their respective races that rendered them unable to finish.

RESULTS:
1. Lisa Norden (SWE) 1:53:53
2. Emma Moffatt (AUS) 1:53:53 +0
3. Aileen Morrison (IRL) 1:53:55 +2
4. Kate Roberts (RSA) 1:53:57 +4
5. Vicky Holland (GBR) 1:53:57 +4
6. Andrea Hewitt (NZL) 1:53:59 +6
7. Laura Bennett (USA) 1:54:04 +11
8. Sarah Groff (USA) 1:54:36 +43
9. Ainhoa Murua (ESP) 1:54:40 +47
10. Felicity Abram (AUS) 1:5458 +1:05