Sonia O'Sullivan was among the competitors on Sunday. James Crombie/INPHO
Dublin City triathlon

Familiar faces on show as Irish pair claim Dublin City Triathlon

Cork’s Chris Mintern won the male event with Susanna Murphy from Dublin winning the women’s race.

Updated: 17.58

CHRIS MINTERN AND Susanna Murphy have won the Super Series races at this year’s Vodafone Dublin City Triathlon.

The format of the competition, which took place on the around the grounds of the Phoenix Park, was the same as the event that took place at the Rio Olympics earlier this month.

Mintern, the Irish national champion at Olympic distance, finished 22 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Alastair Rogers, with the Corkman clocking a time of 1 hour and 36 seconds.

A view of today's race as competitors make through the Phoenix Park The Triathlon took place on the grounds of the Phoenix Park. James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

“I knew going on the run I was about a minute down and then at the turnaround I was 25 seconds down,” Mintern said.

Chris Mintern before the race Mintern finished 22 seconds ahead of his nearest rival. James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

“So I was thinking ‘I’ve enough time left’ but then when we got on to the last straight which is about 500m (from the finish), I was still behind him so I was thinking, ‘I’m running out of ground here’ so I just went for it and caught him just in time.”

Competitors make there way out of the River Liffey after the swim It was near-perfect conditions for the event in Dublin. James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

In the women’s race, Dubliner Susanna Murphy led from the start to claim her first domestic race of 2016, 23 seconds ahead of her nearest challenger, Carolyn Hayes.

“The whole event is really exciting. I was worried that with an 8:40 start that nobody would come out to watch, but there was actually really good crowds there,” Murphy explained.

Susanna Murphy Murphy endured an injury-plagued start to the year. James Crombie / INPHO James Crombie / INPHO / INPHO

“On the swim I could feel people on my feet so I knew there were people right behind me. Coming out of transition I found I was on my own so I just kept going.

“In my head I just wanted to run fast, my run has definitely improved this season so I wasn’t too worried, but you just don’t know what’s going to happen in these draft legal races.

“There were a pack of girls behind me and they could have caught up and that’s what’s great about the triathlon.”

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