Irish international Bobby Behan claimed victory in the season-opening short distance Limerick Try-athlon on Sunday. Over 100 athletes competed over a 500m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run to open the season in great style, but it was Behan who came home ahead of the rest with a strong performance on the day.

Killenard-man Behan, who has recently returned from training in South Africa, is very strong in all three disciplines and hopes to excel in the World Championships in May this year. Next in was Aubrey Storey who worked his way through the pack on the cycle and put in a blistering finish on the run to ensure his second place. Ray Glynn, another Galway man, came in just 15 seconds later.

The Women's event was won by local girl Lisa Higgins, who put in a great run to keep Emma Riggs of 3Dtri at bay. Jane Waugh from Belfast, who won the Olympian Aquathon last week, finished an excellent third.

The growing popularity of the sport in Ireland was confirmed by the fact that organisers had to cap the number of people entering a week before the event.

Limerick Try-athlon results:

1 Bobby Behan (Galway) 1.05.07
2 Aubrey Storey (3DTri) 1.06.55
3 Ray Glynn (Galway) 1.07.10

1 Lisa Higgins (Limerick) 1.13.57
2 Emma Riggs (3DTri) 1.15.38
3 Jane Waugh (Olympian) 1.17.04

1 Brian Fitzpatrick (Tsunami) 1.25.05

Male Veteran
1 Aidan O'Callaghan (Olympian) 1.11.13

Female Veteran
1 Joan Griffen 1.24.21

Relay Team
1 Tsunami Tri Club

Filed by Shane Murray