World class Aileen Reid right on course for Euro glory
Aileen Reid, sixth on the World Triathlon Series leaderboard, starts Saturday's European Games in Baku as the top ranked European.
Reid (pictured)has been in scintillating form, notching up 7th, 6th and 4th place finishes in the last three World Series races.
In her 4th at the London World Series, Reid clocked the second fastest run split of the day, only bettered by 10-time World Series race winner Gwen Jorgenson of the USA.
"I'm really pleased, it's finally coming together for me," Reid said.
"I didn't think I was going to run that fast. I really feel like I want to be in the top 10 in the world and these last three performances are what I've really been pushing for."
In the men's race Ireland will be represented by Russell White and Aaron O'Brien.
Banbridge triathlete White is the more experienced of the pair having three World Series starts along with representing Northern Ireland at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
"It's very exciting to be racing the first ever European Games, hopefully it will be an amazing event," White commented.
"I am ranked 36th out of 58 but I feel that I could be knocking on the door of a top 20 if I execute a solid performance," he added.