After earning his fourth World Championship title in the men’s TRI-1 division at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in London last month in a come from behind sprint finish, Bill Chaffey (AUS) has been shortlisted for the International Paralympic Committee’s September Athlete of the Month.
Chaffey’s finish was the closest of the day, having trailed the Netherlands’ Jetze Plat the entire race. In the final 300 metres Chaffey engineered an incredible comeback to win the title and his fifth World Championship podium in five years.
“I don’t know how I did that, at the start of the swim I just saw him take off and thought ‘who the hell is that,’ I got out and was told he had a minute and a half on me out of the swim and then in the bike I was getting timecalls from coach and he was getting further and further and further in front and he was well over two minutes ahead of me before I started the run but I don’t know. I’ve done a lot of work in this wheelchair over the last 12months, it’s obviously paid it,” Chaffey said of his race in London.
“This is my fourth World Championship and it is the sweetest. It’s the first time I’ve come from behind and so this is the happiest win I think I’ve ever had.”
Vote for Chaffey to become the IPC Athlete of the Month here until October 11.