Australian Paratriathletes shine in Gold Coast
Australians Emily Tapp and Bill Chaffey excelled at the opening race of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Paratriathlon Series on home soil in Gold Coast, achieving qualification for next year’s Commonwealth Games.
The event was held on the proposed course for Gold Coast 2018, where Paratriathlon will make its Commonwealth Games debut, adding further incentive for the Australian Paratriathletes competing.
In the women’s PTHC, Tapp pulled clear during the 750m swim, before extending her advantage during the 20km bike and five kilometre run to finish in a winning time of 1:16:32.
Five-time world champion Chaffey secured the qualification spot for the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the men’s equivalent, after finishing second in a time of 1:03:47.
The Netherlands’ world and Paralympic champion Jetze Plat impressed in his first race since winning gold at Rio 2016, completing the Gold Coast course in 58:22 to take the win. France’s Ahmed Andaloussi finished third in a time of 1:05:52.
Another Rio 2016 gold medallist who impressed in Gold Coast was the USA’s Allysa Seely in the women’s PTS2. She followed up her victory at last month’s CAMTRI Paratriathlon American Championships, by winning in a time of 1:26:35.
France’s Stephane Bahier (1:08:30) won a hotly contested men’s PTS2, finishing one minute clear of the USA’s Mark Barr (1:09:31). Bahier, Barr and Australia’s third-placed Brant Garvey (1:13:14) were side-by-side in transition two, but the Frenchman pulled clear on the run to win.
There was no such joy for PT5 Paralympic champion Katie Kelly (1:32.19) as she finished fifth in the women’s PTVI. The race was won by USA’s Elizabeth Baker in 1:10:36, who held off the challenge of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:11:08) and the Netherlands’ Odette Deudekom (1:14:06).
Alexis Hanquinquant ensured a double celebration for France as he claimed victory in the men’s PTS4 with a time of 1:02.24, ahead of Spain’s Alejandro Sanchez Palomero (1:05.42) and Brazil’s Marcello Collet (1:06:04).
Australians Sally Pilbeam and Kerryn Harvey put their friendship aside as they renewed their rivalry in the women’s equivalent. Pilbeam, who is a two-time world champion, completed the course in 1:18:58 to claim the victory, while Harvey finished in a time of 1:21:56.
There was further success for Australia in the men’s PTS3 as Justin Godfrey (1:10.36) finished 13 minutes ahead of Brazil’s Tiago Matthes (1:23.20), whilst Godfrey’s compatriot Kate Doughty finished the women’s PTS5 category in 1:10:01.
The USA’s Chris Hammer held off the challenge of Brazil’s Carlos Rafael Viana to win the men’s PTS5 in a time of 1:01:13. Viana finished second in 1:02:45, with France’s Yan Guanter a further 1:14 back in third.
Related Event: 2017 Gold Coast ITU World Paratriathlon Series
|Results: PTWC Men|
|1.||Jetze Plat H2||NED||00:58:22|
|2.||Bill Chaffey H2||AUS||01:03:47|
|3.||Ahmed Andaloussi H1||FRA||01:05:52|
|4.||Benjamin Lenatz H1||GER||01:06:03|
|5.||Nic Beveridge H1||AUS||01:07:01|
|Results: PTS2 Men|
The Australians will race head-to-head in the opening World ParaTriathlon Series in Gold Coast03:23 - 04 Apr, 2017