HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, February 2. TYR continues to expand its elite roster of world-class athletes with the signing of triathlon "King of Swim" John Flanagan. The Hawaii native competed in the company's Sayonara swimskin when leading out of the water at the 2009 Ironman World Championships. He will continue to race in TYR's line of swimskins, apparel, and accessories, as well as the newest addition to the Triathlon line, the Hurricane wetsuit.
"All of us at TYR are thrilled to have John Flanagan as one of our flagship athletes," said TYR Triathlon Sales and Promotions Director Ryan Dolan. "John has been a long time member of the TYR family. He coaches TYR teams and has represented the company in national and international open water swimming events. We look forward to him racing in our new premier wetsuit, the Hurricane."
Flanagan proved his swimming strength at many national and international triathlon races in the past year. In addition to his 47:42 split at the world championships during the 2.4-mile swim leg, he set the swim course record at the 2009 Ironman Louisville race, averaging roughly 1:10 per 100 meters to clock in at 44:45. His success is rooted in over a decade of competitive swimming including a 2001 national title, an NCAA team title for Auburn University's Men's Swimming and Diving team, and four years as a Team USA swim member.
"I use TYR products everyday for either training or racing," said Flanagan. "The Sayonara swimskin is the fastest suit I have ever swam in and helps me get out to a good start in my races. I also look forward to competing in cold water races this year so I can use the new Hurricane wetsuit!"
Flanagan joins the world's greatest triathletes on Team TYR including Chrissie Wellington, Andy Potts, Sarah Haskins, and Julie Dibens.
"TYR is committed to the success of it's athletes, and I want to continue to be a part of it," Flanagan concluded.
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