Eimear sets new Ironman record after Austrian event

THE Triathlon season continues to get better and better for Eimear Mullan after she broke the Ironman record.

Ireland’s top middle and long distance triathlete, Mullan was in action at Ironman Austria where she had a great swim to remain in contention after the 3.8k opening leg.

She backed that up with the fourth quickest 180k bike leg in 5:02:42. Eimear once again pulled out one of her trademark runs, completing the marathon in an impressive 3:03:53. Her finish time of 9:05:46 bettered the previous Women’s Irish Ironman record held by Joyce Wolfe and earned her a bronze medal in one of the biggest Ironman races in the world.

“The idea of doing Ironman Austria didn’t even come in to my head until about two and a half weeks before the race,” said Eimear.

“It was just before Wimbleball (Ironman UK 70.3) and I was having a look at what races were around for the rest of the season. I saw that Ironman Austria was coming up so without much thought I decided that I would like to do it.

“Before I left I didn’t have time to think much about times or records.

“It wasn’t until about an hour after the race that I thought about the fact that I had new Irish record. That perked me up a little when I had time to think about it that I realised what I had achieved and I was really happy to be the new Irish Ironman record holder. I was really happy that I decided to go to Ironman Austria.”