France dominate in Besancon World Paratri Event

by Adam Bailey for the IPC on 20 Jun, 2016 12:22 • Español

The last World Para Triathlon Event (WPE) of the season turned into a duathlon after the swimming segment was scrapped due to the flooded river. That did not throw off home favourite and veteran Yannick Bourseaux, who triumphed in the men’s PT4 race on Sunday (19 June) in Besancon, France. Overall, France took gold in five of nine races.

In a tight race to the finish line, Bourseaux won in (58:27), besting Russian Alexander Yalchik (58:53) and Great Britain’s David Hill (59:35).

Bourseaux and Yalchik were neck-in-neck in the first running segment, but Bourseaux got ahead with about a one minute lead in the biking portion. The bronze for Hill was enough for him to clench his National Federation a spot at the Paralympics.

In the women’s equivalent, Faye McClelland (1:08:32) got her first win of 2016. The world No. 2 from Great Britain was coming off a second-place finish in May’s European Championships. France’s Lemousu Gwladys (1:10:03) finished second, followed by Great Britain’s Kerry Large (1:15:06).

The Netherlands’ world No. 4, Geert Schipper (56:05) beat the USA’s No. 1 ranked Krige Schabort (56:53) to the tape. This was Schipper’s first WPE win in 2016, having taken second in Strathclyde, Great Britain and in Lisbon, Portugal, for the European Championships. Great Britain’s Joseph Townsend (57:03) finished third.

European Champion Elise Marc (1:20:18) added another gold medal to France’s collection with her third win of 2016. She finished well ahead of the USA’s No. 1 Hailey Danisewicz (1:25:57), who is still searching for her first win this year. Sweden’s Shahrzad Kiavash (1:32:29) completed the podium.

French teammates Stephane Bahier (1:08:48) and Geoffrey Wersy (1:09:28) took gold and silver, respectively, both followed by Germany’s Stefan Loesler (1:12:26).

In a two-women race, France’s Manon Genest (1:13:39) had no trouble taking the victory, finishing about nine minutes ahead of Germany’s European Champion Nora Hansel (1:22:49).

Ireland’s Tojo Lazzari (1:06:00) comfortably won the men’s race over Spain’s Joaquin Carrasco (1:08:53), followed by Kyrgyzstan’s Nurbek Toichubaev (1:13:03).

The women’s race featured a tight battle among Ireland’s Catherine Walsh (1:09:08), the Netherlands’ Joleen Hakkar (1:09:50), and Germany’s Lena Dieter (1:10:25), going one-two-three, respectively.

France’s Arnaud Grandjean (59:09) had a two minute victory over runner-up Italian Manuel Marson (1:01:44). South Africa’s David Jones (1:10:39) followed up with bronze.

Complete results from the 2016 Besancon ITU World Para Triathlon Event can be found on the International Triathlon Union’s (ITU) website.

Next up is the 2016 Rotterdam ITU Para Triathlon World Championships on 23 July in the Netherlands.

Related Event: 2016 Besançon ITU World Paratriathlon Event
19 Jun, 2016 • event pageall results
Results: Men's PT1
1. Geert Schipper H2 NED 00:56:05
2. Krige Schabort USA 00:56:53
3. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 00:57:03
4. Ahmed Andaloussi H1 FRA 01:03:03
5. Benjamin Lenatz H1 GER 01:04:01
Results: Men's PT2
1. Stephane Bahier FRA 01:08:48
2. Geoffrey Wersy FRA 01:09:28
3. Stefan Loesler GER 01:12:26
4. Christophe Guerrin FRA 01:17:24
5. Alberto Almeida Arciniegas COL 01:18:27
Results: Men's PT3
1. Tojo Lazzari IRL 01:06:00
2. Kini Carrasco ESP 01:08:35
3. Nurbek Toichubaev KGZ 01:13:03
DSQ. Leonardo Curvelo BRA DSQ
Results: Men's PT4
1. Yannick Bourseaux FRA 00:58:27
2. Aleksandr Ialchik AIN 00:58:53
3. David Hill GBR 00:59:35
4. Alexis Hanquinquant FRA 00:59:48
5. Joshua Kassulke AUS 00:59:52
Results: Men's PT5
1. Arnaud Grandjean B3 FRA 00:59:09
2. Manuel Marson B3 ITA 01:01:41
3. David Jones B1 RSA 01:10:39
Results: Women's PT2
1. Elise Marc FRA 01:20:18
2. Hailey Danz USA 01:25:57
3. Shahrzad Kiavash SWE 01:32:29
Results: Women's PT3
1. Manon Genest FRA 01:13:39
2. Nora Hansel GER 01:22:49
Results: Women's PT4
1. Faye McClelland GBR 01:08:32
2. Gwladys Lemoussu FRA 01:10:03
3. Kerry Large GBR 01:15:06
4. Patricia Collins USA 01:23:33
Results: Women's PT5
1. Catherine Walsh B3 IRL 01:09:08
2. Joleen Hakker B1 NED 01:09:50
3. Lena Dieter B1 GER 01:10:25
4. Zsófia Lengyel B2 HUN 01:11:53
5. Annouck Curzillat B1 FRA 01:18:55
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