TOMORROW (Friday) is a huge day for Strabane’s Aidan McGlynn as he targets a top 10 finish at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
The 37-year-old, who is currently ranked 13th in the global para elite standings, knows achieving that will be no mean feat as he will be up against the best of the rest of the world, including the title-chasing quintet of Germany’s Martin Schultz, Canada’s Stefan Daniel, Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez, USA’s Chris Hammer and Britain’s George Peasgood.
However, having finished eighth in the European Championships in Kitzbuhel, Austria, in horrendous conditions and having earned two top five Paratriathlon World Cup finishes in Besançon, France, and Altafulla, Spain, this year, Aidan is confident of breaking into the world’s top 10 and with it boosting his race opportunities for next year, when the Olympic qualification cycle begins.
“Rotterdam is the ‘A’ race for this year and it’s important to finish in the top 10 because that will make it easier to qualify for races next year when the Olympic qualification process begins,” he explained.
“The top 10 is possible, but so many things can go wrong in triathlon – you can get your wetsuit stuck, get a puncture and I’ve been kicked in the goggles many times during the start of a swm, which is quite violent with everyone battling for position.
“I’m consistently knocking on the top five in most races but this is the big one. I just need one race where it all comes together – it’s about trying to get the balance right between the three disciplines and the transitions.”
You can watch Aidan’s race live on www.triathlonlive.tv from 10am tomorrow (Friday).
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