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Olympic gold medalist coming to Youghal for Ironman challenge

From EchoLive.

The Ironman challenge comes to Cork on June 23 and two-time Olympic triathlon gold medalist Alistair Brownlee is set to take part.

This year’s event is already sold out and one of the participants is two-time Olympic gold medalist Alistair Brownlee.

Brownlee took home the gold medal in the London and Rio Olympic games in 2012 and 2016, becoming the only athlete to hold two Olympic titles in the triathlon event.

The Olympian will be taking part in his first full-distance Ironman, having taken part in the half ironman in Port Elizabeth, South Africa last year.

An Ironman Ireland spokesperson spoke about Brownlee’s participation, saying it’s an exciting time.

They told The Echo: “We are delighted to have Alistair take on his first ever full distance event with us at Ironman Cork this year. With the sold-out event already being a hot topic with triathletes all around the world, Brownlee racing with us is just another exciting moment for us, athletes and spectators alike.”

The Ironman challenge returns to Youghal on June 23rd and will see athletes face the gruelling task of swimming, cycling and running for a total of 226 KM.

Athletes will start with a 3.8 KM swim at Claycastle Beach on Youghal Bay, followed by a two-lap cycle adding up to 180 KM, which takes in Midleton and Youghal before running four laps around Youghal town, totalling in 42.2 KM, where they’ll finish in Market Square.

Speaking at the announcement of Brownlee’s participation, Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy welcomed Brownlee to Cork, “I would like to welcome Alistair together with all his fellow competitors, from at home and abroad, to Cork where we will play host to an incredible sporting event with Youghal centre stage.”