British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

by Adam Bailey for the IPC on 15 May, 2017 05:29 • Español
British, US Para triathletes top Yokohama podium

Great Britain and the USA dominated the podium at the second International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Para Triathlon Series of the year, which concluded on Saturday (13 May) in Yokohama, Japan.

The British contingent won three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with Paralympic champion Andy Lewis, Alison Patrick and Dave Ellis all starting their seasons with wins. For many of the British athletes, it was their first international competition since Rio 2016, where the sport made its Paralympic debut.

Lewis (1:08:44) produced a strong 5km to run to come from behind to beat the USA’s Mark Barr by nine seconds in the men’s PTS2 category. Barr led after both the 750m swim and the 20km bike, but Lewis passed Barr on the run to ensure a winning start to his season. Morocco’s Paralympic bronze medallist Mohamed Lahna (1:11:20) finished third.

Ellis (1:03:08) marked his return to international Para triathlon with victory in the men’s PTVI class. Ellis was competing in his first international race since 2014 and finished two minutes, 14 seconds ahead of Spain’s Hector Catala Laparra (1:05:22), with Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki (1:06:07) finishing third.

There were two British Para triathletes on the podium in the women’s PTVI race as Alison Patrick won gold, while her teammate Melissa Reid finished third; both took silver and bronze respectively from Rio 2016. Patrick (1:07:19) produced a dominant performance to finish three minutes, 40 seconds ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez (1:10:59), with Reid just over a minute further back in third (1:12:01).

Dutch Paralympic silver medallist Geert Schipper claimed the victory in the men’s PTHC class in a time of 1:00:35. Italy’s Paralympic bronze medallist Giovanni Achenza (1:00:58) finished second, with Australia’s Bill Chaffey (1:03:06) finishing third.

The Japanese crowds were treated to a home winner in the women’s PTHC race as Wakako Tsuchida (1:15:11) took the victory ahead of Great Britain’s Jade Jones (1:16:30) and Spain’s Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:17:42). Jones made an impressive Para triathlon debut after deciding to combine triathlon with her athletics career.

The USA’s Allysa Seely led the way for the USA, which finished with three gold, two silver and a bronze medal.

Seely (1:21:01) continued her dominance in the women’s PTS2 class as she defended her title from last year. The world and Paralympic champion produced another strong performance to finish 44 seconds ahead of her compatriot and Paralympic runner-up Hailey Danz (1:21:45), with Finland’s Liisa Lilja (1:23:50) finishing third.

Spain’s Daniel Molina (1:09:27) held off the challenge of Great Britain’s Ryan Taylor (1:09:56) to win the men’s PTS3. Molina’s compatriot Joaquin Carrasco finished third (1:21:23). Russia’s Anna Plotnikova* (1:21:38) secured victory in the women’s PTS3 class ahead of Germany’s Nora Hansel (1:23:34).

Victory in the men’s PTS4 class was earned by the USA’s Jamie Brown. His time of 1:05:35 saw him finish over a minute ahead of Russia’s Mikhail Kolmakov* (1:06:47), with Brazil’s Marcelo Collet (1:07:38) repeating his bronze medal from April’s series in Gold Coast, Australia.

There was further Japanese success in the women’s PTS4 classification as Mami Tani (1:18:06) finished over three minutes ahead of Australia’s Sally Pilbeam (1:21:43) and the USA’s Patricia Collins (1:21:50).

US athlete Chris Hammer made it two wins out of two in this season’s ITU World Series; repeating his victory from Gold Coast in a hotly-contested men’s PTS5 classification. Great Britain’s George Peasgood led until the final 400m of the run, when he was overhauled by Hammer and Russia’s Alexandr Ialchik*.

Hammer held off the challenge of Ialchik to win in a time of 1:02:23, four seconds ahead of Ialchik, with Peasgood 12 seconds further back in third. In the women’s PTS5 class, Australian Paralympic champion Kate Doughty (1:09:20) repeated her Gold Coast win, finishing two minutes, 34 seconds ahead of France’s Gwladys Lemoussu (1:11:54), with Russia’s Anna Bychkova* (1:16:18) in third.

Complete results from the Yokohama ITU Para Triathlon Series are here.

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Related Event: 2017 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series
13 May, 2017 • event pageall results
Results: PTWC Men
1. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:00:35
2. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:00:58
3. Bill Chaffey H2 AUS 01:03:06
4. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:03:33
5. Nic Beveridge H1 AUS 01:03:53
Results: PTWC Women
1. Wakako Tsuchida H2 JPN 01:15:11
2. Jade Hall H2 GBR 01:16:30
3. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:17:42
4. Lizzie Tench H2 GBR 01:22:26
5. Sara Tait H1 AUS 01:38:46
Results: PTS2 Men
1. Andrew Lewis GBR 01:08:44
2. Mark Barr USA 01:08:53
3. Mohamed Lahna USA 01:11:20
4. Stefan Loesler GER 01:12:47
5. Geoffrey Wersy FRA 01:15:20
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Allysa Seely USA 01:21:01
2. Hailey Danz USA 01:21:45
3. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:23:50
4. Yukako Hata JPN 01:30:24
5. Rakel Mateo Uriarte ESP 01:32:49
Results: PTS3 Men
1. Daniel Molina ESP 01:09:27
2. Ryan Taylor GBR 01:09:56
3. Kini Carrasco ESP 01:21:23
Results: PTS3 Women
1. Anna Plotnikova RUS 01:21:38
2. Nora Hansel GER 01:23:34
Results: PTS4 Men
1. Jamie Brown USA 01:05:35
2. Mikhail Kolmakov RUS 01:06:47
3. Marcelo Collet BRA 01:07:38
4. Jorge Luis Fonseca BRA 01:09:04
5. Joel Rosinbum USA 01:09:28
Results: PTS4 Women
1. Mami Tani JPN 01:18:06
2. Sally Pilbeam AUS 01:21:43
3. Patricia Collins USA 01:21:50
Results: PTS5 Men
1. Chris Hammer USA 01:02:23
2. Aleksandr Ialchik RUS 01:02:27
3. George Peasgood GBR 01:02:39
4. Péter Boronkay HUN 01:05:09
5. Keiichi Sato JPN 01:05:15
Results: PTS5 Women
1. Kate Doughty AUS 01:09:20
2. Gwladys Lemoussu FRA 01:11:54
3. Anna Bychkova RUS 01:16:18
4. Petra Lévay HUN 01:21:13
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