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Bronze in Germany as Aileen Morrison posts best ever result by Irish triathlete

Triathlete Aileen Morrison took a superb bronze success at the ITU Dextro Energy World Championship Series in Hamburg, Germany.

This result is yet another great step for Morrison, whose fifth place at the European Championships in Athlone two weeks ago was, until today, the best result ever achieved by an Irish triathlete.

“I feel like I’m in a dream right now — I seriously do,” said Morrison, who is part of an elite group of athletes who are helped by the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland.

“I don’t know what just happened. That is by far the best finish of my career. I couldn’t be happier right now.”

Aileen (pictured) — a relative newcomer to the sport — was only discovered a few years ago within the age group racing scene in Ireland.

The Derry girl has been working very closely, under coach Chris Jones, with the performance staff at the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland, whose commitment to her development has played a large role in this achievement.

The result makes Morrison, who receives funding from both the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland, Triathlon Ireland's hottest prospect for the London Olympic Games in 2012, and is a significant milestone in what has already been a pivotal year for the sport here.

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