Morrison wins European Cup race

April 4, 2011

Irish athlete Aileen Morrison was first across the line in the European Triathlon Union Cup event in Antalya, Turkey on Sunday.

 

The Derry girl led the swim and biked in the lead pack. She ran strongly and kicked from the lead group with about two kilometres to go, taking Slovakian opponent Mateja Simic with her. The two battled it out with Morrison finally proving too strong to take the win. Despite posting the best run split of the day, Germany’s Anne Haug could not catch Morrison and Simic, and finished the race in third

 

1

Aileen

Morrison

IRL

  

01:51:00

00:17:44

00:00:00

00:58:02

00:00:00

00:35:15

2

Mateja

Simic

SLO

  

01:51:20

00:18:19

00:00:00

00:57:30

00:00:00

00:35:30

3

Anne

Haug

GER

  

01:51:36

00:18:58

00:00:00

00:58:00

00:00:00

00:34:37

4

Alice

Betto

ITA

 

01:52:10

00:17:47

00:00:00

00:58:06

00:00:00

00:36:14

5

Daniela

Chmet

ITA

01:52:30

00:18:08

00:00:00

00:57:45

00:00:00

00:36:38

 

Triathlon Ireland High Performance Director Chris Jones was pleased with Morrison’s season opener: “Aileen showed last season that she is without doubt a world-class athlete; and she has worked hard over winter and definitely started the 2011 season much stronger and with a very clear focus on the end goal: London 2012”. “Today’s result confirms this and will be a solid platform for her to build on this season”.

 

The next race in Morrison’s calendar is the ITU World Cup event in Ishigaki, Japan on April 17. With the event currently set to go ahead, the situation in Japan withstanding, she will be joined by a host of fellow TI elites including Gavin Noble, Bryan Keane and Emma Davis.

 

Olympic scholarship athlete, Morrison’s result places her 21st overall in the ITU standings, which determine qualification for the triathlon event in the London 2012 event.

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