We had another two Irish athletes take not only Kona slots but also an Ironman trophy and a spot on the podium.

Click on through to see who are the latest members of the Irish 2018 Kona contingent. 

That’s Ivan on the left with the hair of a 25 year old despite the fact that he’s in his forties

Ivan O’ Gorman

Ivan took out 2nd in his age group and 35th overall in a time of 9:26:41. After what looked like a difficult swim Ivan had his work cut out for him as he exited the water in 523rd place overall and 68th in his age group.

His race really started on the bike where he went on to ride 4:54:36 for the 180k which was the third fastest split in his category.

Ivan has always been an exceptional runner and he put in the fastest split of his category of the day running himself up to 2nd place and taking an incredible eight Kona qualification.

  • Swim 1:13:57 68th
  • T1 3:58
  • Bike 4:54:36 3rd
  • T2 1:42
  • Run 3:12:30 1st
  • Overall 9:26:41 2nd

Mark Mc Cabe

Mark Mc Cabe from Dublin took a Kona slot in the 45-49 age group with a fifth place.

  • Swim 1:03:58 18th
  • T1 4:26
  • Bike 4:56:34 7th
  • T2 2:20
  • Run 3:39:34 10th
  • Overall 9:46:50 5th/333 57th/2236

Owen Martin eight time Kona qualifier was also racing in Arizona but crashed on the bike which resulted in three broken ribs and a broken collarbone. He obviously couldn’t finish, our best wishes go to Owen and no doubt we will see him line up again in 2018 to take another Kona slot.

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