Banbridge triathlete Russell White seals stunning World Cup silver
Northern Ireland triathlete Russell White has made history by grabbing a silver medal at the ITU World Cup in the Czech Republic.
The Banbridge man has equalled the best ever result by an Irish athlete at the World Cup triathlon. Only two have previously managed to take a spot on the podium; Derry's Aileen Reid and Bryan Keane.
White came through the 1,500m swim in fifth place before entering the cycle and finished up with a 10km run in 29min 43sec to finish up just 14 seconds behind the winner, Dmitry Polyanskiy from Russia.
White finished 14th when racing for Northern Ireland at this year's Commonwealth Games and came in 16th at the European Championships for Ireland last month. This is without doubt the 26-year-old's best finish so far.
"I am buzzing to have finally made my first World Cup podium. I have had a massive racing block with eight races in seven weeks but I am so glad that I have managed to get better with every race," he told Triathlon Ireland.
"I've had an up and down season this year with being in very good shape for Commonwealth Games, not using that fitness and then getting sick shortly after. It has been hard to turn it around but I can’t believe that I have not only turned it around but managed achieved a career best result."
White will now take on the World Triathlon Grand Final in Australia on Sunday, September 16.
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