Welcome back Eimear Mullan – IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen winner

After more than two years of injury, Ireland's Eimear Mullan returned to racing in fine style to win at IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen in China on Sunday

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The ‘Green Machine’ is back… and winning

In October 2015, Ireland’s Eimear Mullan broke her own Irish IRONMAN record at IRONMAN Barcelona, when she broke nine-hour mark and crossed the line in 8:56:51. Since that time, Eimear has been all but absent from international competition, dealing with and recovering from long-term injuries – which actually date back as far as May 2015. Now 35, Eimear showed her resilience and determination not to quit and get back to racing this past weekend, when she won IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen in China.

At the finish, Eimear took the win by just 12 seconds on what was a pretty much race-long battle with Imogen Simmonds (SUI).

The men’s race was another close battle, with Sam Betten (AUS) just able to sprint away from Justin Metzler (USA), for a winning margin of just 15 seconds.

IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen – Sunday 12th November 2017
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km


1st – Eimear Mullan (IRL) – 4:14:22
2nd – Imogen Simmonds (SUI) – 4:14:34
3rd – Haley Chura (USA) – 4:18:28
4th – Sarah Cometo (USA) – 4:24:10
5th – Monica Juhart (AUS) – 4:28:19


1st – Sam Betten (AUS) – 3:53:30
2nd – Justin Metzler (USA) – 3:53:$5
3rd – Jonathan Shearon (USA) – 3:55:01
4th – Felipe Azevedo (UAE) – 3:58:44
5th – Johannes Moldan (GER) – 3:59:23

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.


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