It’s getting to be a regular occurrence that I’m adding to the list of Irish athletes who have qualified for Kona this year. This week we not only have another qualifier but we had an Irish age group champion at Ironman Maastricht. Michael Carroll racing in the 65-69 age group stood on the top step of the Podium on Monday and took home the age group trophy.

Click on through to check out the latest of the growing list of 2017 Irish qualifiers. 

Michael Carroll racing in the 65-69 age group exited the water with more than a 30 minute deficit but went on to post a division fastest bike split of 5:53 on what is a tough bike course. The bike route takes in a lot of the Amstel Gold professional bike race including some of the more famous climbs.

Michael then went on to run an age group fastest marathon split with a 4:32:24

I’m not connected to Michael on the Facebook or Twitter so don’t have a picture of him to add to his profile so if you know him maybe put him in touch with me at or if you’re reading yourself Michael drop me a mail.

I’ve added Michael to our growing list of 2017 Kona qualifiers which you can check out here

Swim 02:02:27 913
Trans 1 00:09:08 694
Bike 05:53:20 427
Trans 2 00:07:42 637
Run 04:32:24 495


Place (M/W) 642
Place (AC) 1
Place (Total) 702
Time Total (Netto) 12:44:59

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