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Haseeb Ahmad breaks IRONMAN world record
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 3rd October 2016


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A World Record plus plenty of British podiums at IRONMAN Barcelona

Among several excellent British performances at IRONMAN Barcelona on Sunday, pride of place must surely go to Haseeb Ahmad, and his guide, Duncan Shea-Simmonds.

A visually impaired (fully blind) athlete, Haseeb has long been a member of the British Triathlon Paratriathlon squad, winning several international medals including the Bronze at the ITU World Championships in Hyde Park, 2013. With the men's PT5 category not being contested (currently at least), within the programme of the Paralympic Games, Haseeb has been branching out into other events with some success - including a sub three hour marathon.

In his first attempt over the distance, Haseeb was attempting the break the world record for Ironman for a visually impaired athlete, which previously stood at 11:10:28. And, that barrier was broken with new record figures of 11:03:31, achieved via a 1:22:39 swim, 5:08:01 bike and a 4:19:03 run.

Haseeb Ahmad

Huge congratulations to Haseeb on his achievement, and of course to Duncan, a fine athlete in his own right including racing at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona.

There were also some fine performances in from the large British Age-Group contingent, including more than ten podium finishes plus several sub-nine hour (men) and sub-ten hour (women). Here's a quick roundup:

Female GB Podium Finishers at IRONMAN Barcelona

  • Juliet May (F18-24) - 11:02:01 (1st)
  • Linda Blakely (F40-44) - 10:14:43 (3rd)
  • Tamara Hardman (F45-49) - 9:47:29 (1st)
  • Gwen Bevan (F45-49) - 9:57:07 (2nd)
  • Sadie Murphy (F50-54) - 11:15:16 (3rd)
  • T Hollins (F60-64) - 12:28:32 (2nd)
  • Alison Lamputt (F60-64) - 14:07:30 (3rd) 
  • Pat Attwood (F65-69) - 15:03:56 (1st)

Male GB Podium Finishers at IRONMAN Barcelona

  • Neil Eddy (M30-34) - 8:46:32 (1st)
  • Paul Lunn (M40-44) - 8:57:11 (2nd)
  • Simon Jack (M65-69) - 11:16:40 (2nd)

As well as winning the M30-34 category, Neil Eddy was also the second fastest Age-Group athlete across all categories, in 21st position overall. Also worthy of mention her is Robbie Whittaker - he finished in a very swift 8:56:50 in M25-29, but that left him in fourth place in his division, just 18 seconds shy of the podium.

A special mention also for Mark and Tim Dean. Twins, they have gone from novices to Sub-11 hours in less than a year, assisted in the journey by Pro Lucy Gossage and top Age-Group athlete Tom Vickery.

Related Article: Scottish Ironman Record for Ritchie Nicholls


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