28th January 2013
Only two years after the West Clare Triathlon Club foundation, the club saw two of its members; John Cahill and David Brew represent Ireland in the Triathlon World Championships held in Hyde Park, London on Sunday 15th September 2013.
Last summer, Cahill and Brew qualified for the Age Group World Championships – a competition that is just below the elite level race and one that doesn’t allow cyclists to draft. Since joining the triathlon scene, Cahill and Brew has established themselves as superb athletes, they have continued to take great strides forward in their triathlon success, as they trained and competed with the West Clare Triathlon Club, the ultra-organized Cahill and Brew have done so, without a dedicated triathlon coach.
After first taking part in triathlon as a member of a relay, because John could not swim, the determined athlete set his sights on a goal to complete a triathlon as an individual, it did not take long before Cahills potential was soon realised and he started gearing up for his first ever Age Group World Triathlon Championships.
The quiet and unassuming David Brew merged from the shadows winning the Dolfun Duathlon in Kilrush by some considerable distance, causing many to stand up and take notice. David was soon establishing himself as a superb athlete and a top contender, not only against club members but for every competitor he faced. David quickly gathered the first place titles in his age group and in his 1st full season competing in triathlon, David qualified for the 2013 World Championship.
The ITU World Triathlon Series features world-class events all around the globe in which elite triathletes compete annually to become the ITU World Champion. Each year the World Triathlon Series finishes with a Grand Final, it is the most important race of the season and the event where World Championship titles for Elite, U23, Juniors, Paratriathletes and Age Groupers are awarded.
In 2013, London had the honour of hosting the Grand Final from 11-15 September 2013. Both David and John competed in the Standard Distance Triathlon (1.5k swim/40K bike/10k run). For further information on the Championships go to event website where there is also a link for the Championship Facebook page with up to date results.
On the day of the race, the swim was unfortunately cut short to 750m due to cold air temperatures but both David and John gave great results under challenging conditions:-
David Brew – overall time of 2:05:47 – swim 12.25 – bike 1:07:36 – run 39.07
John Cahill – overall time of 2:08:27 – swim 15.03 – bike 1:06:00 – run 40.42
Up to 5,000 of the worlds best international Age Group amateur athletes competed to become World Champions in their respective age group. With more than 40 countries represented, there was an amazing athmosphere in and around Hyde Park, London (the venue of the 2012 Triathlon Olympic Games!)
The Grand Final in London is the pinnacle of triathlon competition across the globe. It brought together athletes of all levels, from future stars to Olympic medalists to weekend warriors, all competing to be World Champion. London will offer significant media coverage, including live broadcast distribution and the event has the greatest cumulative prize money in triathlon ($270,000 USD).