Aileen Reid posted a superb 9th place finish at the ‘worlds biggest triathlon’, the Hamburg World Triathlon Series, while Bryan Keane came home in 38th and Ben Shaw 45th in the men’s race.
Reid got off to a great start over the fast and furious sprint distance race as she emerged from the water just 4 seconds off the leader Alice Betto of Italy.
A fast transition saw her into the leading bike pack which included many of the top names. Following the 6 laps it was onto the run and Reid was moving well pulling away from many in the large pack.
American Gwen Jorgenson set a blistering pace and after a poor transition started to move through the field, going on to take a 4th consecutive World Series victory in 56:54.
Reid came home in 9th in a time of 57:42 describing it as a “decent” performance. With the Commonwealth Games on July 24th and the team relay in July 26th Reid is finding form at just the right time.
In the men’s race the green trisuit of Ben Shaw could be seen right from the start as he exited the water less than 20 seconds behind super swimmer Henri Schoeman of South Africa.
The 20km bike was frenetic with athletes desperately trying to make it into the leading pack as the uber bikers piled on the pressure up front.
Shaw latched onto the wheel of Alistair Brownlee and once at the front did his fair share of work.
Bryan Keane came out of the water alongside Maria Mola, less than 40 seconds off the leader but the gap was too much to close down.
Keane along with Mola, Murray and many of the other big hitters couldn’t bridge up to the leaders and would start the run some 40 seconds back.
Alistair went on to claim his first World Series victory of the year finishing it off with a 14:09 5 kilometer split, Frenchman Vincent Luis claimed the silver medal with Jonny Brownlee a close 3rd.
Keane started from the chase pack and picked off a few stragglers from the group ahead to finish 34th in 53:25.
22 year old Ben Shaw finished 45th in a time of 53:44.