Americans score big at Paratri World Champs

by Erin Greene on 24 Jul, 2016 02:46 • Español

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With paratriathlon set to debut at the Paralympics September 10-11 just days before the Grand Final, the world’s fastest paratriathletes competed at a stand-alone World Championships on Sunday in Rotterdam.Americans Allysa Seely, Kendall Gretsch and Aaron Scheidies headlined the day as they repeated consecutive World Championship wins, while the likes of Martin Schulz and Alison Patrick regained their titles as the world’s fastest paratriathletes. However, it was a day of firsts for everyone else, with Jetze Plat, Andrew Lewis, Denis Kungurtcev, Manon Genest, and Grace Norman all scoring world gold for the first time.

With paratriathlon set to debut at the Paralympics September 10-11 just days before the Grand Final, the world’s fastest paratriathletes competed at a stand-alone World Championships on Sunday in Rotterdam.

Americans Allysa Seely, Kendall Gretsch and Aaron Scheidies headlined the day as they repeated consecutive World Championship wins, while the likes of Martin Schulz and Alison Patrick regained their titles as the world’s fastest paratriathletes. However, it was a day of firsts for everyone else, with Jetze Plat, Andrew Lewis, Denis Kungurtcev, Manon Genest, and Grace Norman all scoring world gold for the first time.

PT1
In a resounding day for the Netherlands, the crowd was delighted to cheer on its own Jetze Plat and Geert Schipper to podium performances in the men’s PT1 sport class. While Krige Schabort (USA) was hoping to regain his claim as the fastest man in the field after winning the World Championship sin 2014, it was Plat who put together the best performance of the day, out racing Schabort for gold. The American took silver, sandwiched between the two Dutch men as Schipper was the third fastest man of the day.

“It was great, the weather was perfect, there were a lot of fans for me, so it was great,” Plat said. “The bike was really technical, I went a little bit slow to check all the corners and the last part was really fast.

In a continuation of her undefeated streak, Kendall Gretsch (USA) crushed the women’s PT2 sport class, clutching her 10th consecutive win in two years and a third World title by more than five minutes. Lizzie Tench (GBR) was next to cross over, followed by Spain’s Eva María Moral Pedrero.

“There were tons of people out on the course, so it made it really fun, an exciting atmosphere,” Gretsch said. “The swim was good, I think we were a little nervous for the bike with all the turns, but it was great. Then the roads at the end were wonderful, really beautiful.” 

PT2
In a massive performance, Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis scored his first World Championship title, improving from his ninth place finish last year to win the men’s PT2 sport class by more than two minutes. Mark Barr (USA), who just missed the podium in 2015, jumped two places for silver in Rotterdam, while Stephane Bahier (FRA) remained on the podium with bronze.

“I can’t believe it, I had a really bad race last year in Chicago - I did an extra lap - but this one we absolutely nailed it,” Lewis said. “I’ve been focusing really hard on my swimming and biking, and haven’t really even being doing that much running, so I was surprised.”

Allysa Seely (USA) kept her stranglehold on the women’s PT2 sport class world titles strong when she secured her second consecutive title in the women’s PT2 sport class by nearly a minute, setting her up well for a podium performance in Rio in September. Behind her, Liisa Lilja (FIN) out raced Seely’s compatriot Hailey Danisewicz for silver.

PT3
Despite having competed in paratriathlon races since 2013, Denis Kungurtcev (RUS) raced in his first World Championship paratriathlon event on Sunday. The World Champs rookie made his first race one to remember, as he captured the win by more than a minute over Spain’s Alejandro Sánchez Palomero and Daniel Molina.

For the first time in three years, the women’s PT3 sport class had a new winner in France’s Manon Genest when she beat out two-time World Champion Sally Pilbeam (AUS). Pilbeam was joined by compatriot Kerryn Harvey on the podium, which they raced to silver and bronze.

PT4
In a line to line dominant performance, Martin Schulz (GER) reclaimed the World Championship title that he lost in 2015 to Stefan Daniel by scorching to this year’s PT4 sport class win by more than half a minute. Although he was challenged by George Peasgood on the bike, Schulz took off on the run to win his third World Championship crown. Suggesting he’s back in peak form just in time for Rio, Yannick Bourseaux (FRA) returned to the podium with silver, while Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez took home his first World Championship podium with bronze.

“It’s amazing in the Paralympic year to win the World Championships,” Schulz said. “It was very good preparation for Rio, it was hot today. This wasn’t the main focus for the year, so it’s great.”

Although reigning World Champion Lauren Steadman enjoyed a lead out of the swim, a crash on the first lap of the bike took the undefeated Brit out of the race. Second out of the water, American Grace Norman capitalized on Steadman’s absence to punch her first world title by more than four minutes. Gwladys Lemoussu (FRA) was next to cross over, followed by Anna Bychkova (RUS), both scoring World Championship medals for the first time.

“It’s amazing, I’m behind excited, I’ve never won before,” Norman said. “To take one for America, I’m so honored to represent my country. The crowd was great, very encouraging and every time you went by you thought ‘ya, ok, I can do this’.”

PT5
Aaron Scheidies (USA) dominated the men’s PT5 sport class for an incredible fourth title. Behind him, a mad dash for silver was taking place between Vasyl Zakrevskyi (UKR) and Hector Catala Laparra (ESP), but it was Zakrevskyi that would take silver for the second consecutive time.

“This course is unlike any other that ITU has created,” Scheidies said. “It’s a great bike course, you cant see any of your competitors, all you are thinking about is getting to the guys in front of you.”

After losing her title as the world’s fastest woman in the PT5 sport class last year, Alison Patrick (GBR) put together a perfect plan to reclaim her place at the top of the podium on Sunday. The Netherland’s own Joleen Hakker (NED) impressed on the day for silver, while Melissa Reid (GBR) scored bronze despite leading on the swim.


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Related Event: 2016 Rotterdam ITU Paratriathlon World Championships
23 - 24 Jul, 2016 • event pageall results
Results: Men's PT1
1. Jetze Plat NED 01:00:01
2. Krige Schabort USA 01:01:46
3. Geert Schipper NED 01:02:51
4. Giovanni Achenza ITA 01:04:24
5. Joseph Townsend GBR 01:05:12
6. Phil Hogg GBR 01:07:46
7. Benjamin Lenatz GER 01:09:11
8. José Vicente Arzo Diago ESP 01:09:30
9. Scott Crowley H2 AUS 01:09:33
10. Fernando Aranha H2 BRA 01:12:26
Results: Men's PT2
1. Andrew Lewis GBR 01:08:09
2. Mark Barr USA 01:10:12
3. Stephane Bahier FRA 01:10:37
4. Stefan Loesler GER 01:11:36
5. Ryan Taylor GBR 01:12:57
6. Mohamed Lahna ITU 01:13:11
7. Lionel Morales ESP 01:15:19
8. Giovanni Sasso ITA 01:19:16
9. Andre Barbieri BRA 01:21:46
10. Kenshiro Nakayama JPN 01:22:42
Results: Men's PT3
1. Denis Kungurtcev RUS 01:07:33
2. Alejandro Sánchez Palomero ESP 01:08:50
3. Daniel Molina ESP 01:10:09
4. Oliver Dreier AUT 01:10:28
5. Jorge Luis Fonseca BRA 01:11:16
6. Hideki Uda JPN 01:12:25
7. Andre Cilliers USA 01:15:08
8. Tojo Lazzari IRL 01:19:23
9. Leonardo Curvelo BRA 01:20:53
10. Garrett Turbett IRL 01:24:51
Results: Men's PT4
1. Martin Schulz GER 01:01:25
2. Yannick Bourseaux FRA 01:03:03
3. Jairo Ruiz Lopez ESP 01:03:58
4. Carlos Rafael Viana BRA 01:04:14
5. Alexandr Ialchik RUS 01:04:43
6. Chris Hammer USA 01:04:56
7. Sjaak Van Den Berg NED 01:05:20
8. Maxime Maurel FRA 01:05:42
9. Joshua Kassulke AUS 01:06:16
10. Jamie Brown USA 01:06:42
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