David McNamee is looking forward to the season’s curtain call in Japan after an energy sapping success at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series Grand Final.
Silver in the men’s U23 event was a career best for the Irvine-born athlete, who now heads into the final race of the series on Monday (19 September) in Yokohama.
“The aim was always to get a medal and I’m really happy with how it went – it was a big step up for me and it’s definitely my best achievement to date.
“I’ve not performed well at the last two World Championships so it was nice to put that behind me and perform at the big events” he said.
“Japan is the last big race of the year so hopefully I can turn in a good performance, maybe even make the top 15, but it all depends on the recovery as right now I’m still absolutely shattered.”
The performance adds to a top 20 overall finish in Kitzbuhel, where McNamee was less than a minute from a medal position in the senior category.
It has been a major year in more ways than one for McNamee, who was busy competing in Switzerland when his University of Stirling Accountancy degree scroll arrived in the post.
“It was nice to finish my degree at the same time as I turned in my best season so now I can focus fully on triathlon.
“Next year will be my first competing as a full-time senior and if I can get a good block of winter training, then I’m aiming to make the top 20 in the world.”