Friendships put aside at Paratriathlon Worlds in Lausanne

by Olalla Cernuda on 29 Aug, 2019 09:19
Friendships put aside at Paratriathlon Worlds in Lausanne

US training partners Allysa Seely and Hailey Danz will be two of the Paratriathletes to watch as the world’s best head to Lausanne, Switzerland, for the World Championship on Sunday. Seely and Danz arrive in the Swiss city as the top two ranked triathletes in the women’s PTS2, but it is a rivalry which stems from a very strong friendship.

“When I first moved to Colorado Springs (to join the USA Para Triathlon Resident Team), I don’t think either of us were sure of how it would go,” Danz said. “I think both of us were surprised to learn that we had much more in common than we originally thought, and we quickly became close friends.

“Every day, I get to see the bar that I am working towards, and that is unbelievably motivating. While we both want to succeed ourselves, both of us are invested in each other’s success, and do our part to bring out the best in each other.”

Having claimed two Paralympic medals, four world titles, 52 podium spots and 28 international wins between them, Seely and Danz continue to be the triathletes to beat in the PTS2 classification (formerly PT2).

“We have different strengths and weaknesses and push each other in different training sessions,” Seely sayid. “However, I have never felt competitive animosity towards her as many might expect.

“I have no doubt that having Hailey next to me in the pool and on the roads has made me a better athlete, but the best part of our training relationship and friendship is I have never seen Hailey as a rival. I have and always will cheer for her success, and if someone is to beat me, I would undoubtedly hope it is her.”

Confidence renewed

The Tokyo 2020 Test Event earlier in August was unexpectedly changed to a duathlon, but Danz’ victory has given her confidence heading into the Grand Final, which includes the Paratriathlon World Championships.

“I’m proud of how I was able to handle the sudden change of plans and adapt my game plan seamlessly,” Danz said. “I’ve got some really great momentum going right now and I’m feeling great physically and mentally, so I’m excited to see what I can do in Lausanne.”

While victory in Lausanne would be Danz’s first world title since 2013, Seely could win back-to-back golds and a fourth world title. But the Paralympic champion knows she will have to be at her best.

“The level of competition in Para triathlon has increased significantly since I started the sport, and it has been amazing to be a part of,” Seely said. “Any time an athlete has a breakthrough on the swim, bike or run, I want to match it.

“Winning my fourth world title heading into a Paralympic year would be incredible. It would show that my focus and training is progressing as we head for Tokyo next summer.”

Crowning champions

Elsewhere, Australia’s Emily Tapp will be aiming for three world titles in as many years in the women’s PTWC but faces stern competition. A fourth world title is at stake for the Netherlands’ Jetze Plat in the men’s PTWC.

The USA’s Mark Barr is the defending champion in the men’s PTS2, with Great Britain’s Andy Lewis likely to be his main challenger.

Defending men’s PTS3 champion Dani Molina of Spain will compete in only his second triathlon of 2019. Russia’s Anna Plotnikova is the top ranked triathlete in the women’s PTS3.

Great Britain’s Hannah Moore only began triathlon in 2017 but she will take to the women’s PTS4 start line aiming for her second world title. France’s Alexis Hanquinquant has won back-to-back gold medals and remains the man to beat in the men’s PTS4.

In the men’s PTS5, Canada’s three-time world champion Stefan Daniel will face strong competition from Paralympic champion Martin Schulz of Germany.

The competition in the women’s event is likely to be just as fierce as Paralympic champion Grace Norman of the USA and Great Britain’s reigning world champion Lauren Steadman renew their rivalry.

David Ellis is another British triathlete arriving in Lausanne as defending champion in the men’s PTVI. Spain’s Susana Rodriguez could match Ellis’ feat of three world gold medals in the women’s event.


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Related Event: 2019 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne
29 - 01 Sep, 2019 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 01:50:47
2. Mario Mola ESP 01:51:03
3. Fernando Alarza ESP 01:51:18
4. Gustav Iden NOR 01:51:34
5. Vincent Luis FRA 01:51:53
Results: Elite Women
1. Katie Zaferes USA 02:02:45
2. Jessica Learmonth GBR 02:02:49
3. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 02:03:03
4. Rachel Klamer NED 02:03:44
5. Flora Duffy BER 02:04:26
Results: U23 Men
1. Roberto Sanchez Mantecon ESP 01:50:20
2. Csongor Lehmann HUN 01:50:36
3. Ran Sagiv ISR 01:50:50
4. Vasco Vilaca POR 01:51:07
5. Brandon Copeland AUS 01:51:12
Results: U23 Women
1. Emilie Morier FRA 02:04:01
2. Olivia Mathias GBR 02:04:08
3. Lisa Tertsch GER 02:04:32
4. Kate Waugh GBR 02:04:53
5. Kira Hedgeland AUS 02:05:22
Results: Junior Men
1. Ricardo Batista POR 00:55:05
2. Lorcan Redmond AUS 00:55:12
3. Sergio Baxter Cabrera ESP 00:55:16
4. Boris Pierre FRA 00:55:18
5. Paul Georgenthum FRA 00:55:23
Results: Junior Women
1. Beatrice Mallozzi ITA 01:00:41
2. Costanza Arpinelli ITA 01:00:42
3. Jessica Fullagar FRA 01:00:53
4. Hannah Knighton NZL 01:01:26
5. Erin Wallace GBR 01:01:47
Results: PTWC Men
1. Jetze Plat H2 NED 01:02:56
2. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:08:30
3. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:10:10
4. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:10:39
5. Ahmed Andaloussi H1 FRA 01:13:22
Results: PTWC Women
1. Lauren Parker H1 AUS 01:18:41
2. Kendall Gretsch H2 USA 01:21:30
3. Christiane Reppe H2 GER 01:24:52
4. Jade Hall H2 GBR 01:25:40
5. Eva MarĂ­a Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:27:15
Results: PTS2 Men
1. Jules Ribstein FRA 01:11:40
2. Andrew Lewis GBR 01:13:51
3. Maurits Morsink NED 01:14:36
4. Allan Armstrong USA 01:25:59
5. Adam Popp USA 01:27:03
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Fran Brown GBR 01:24:23
2. Allysa Seely USA 01:25:18
3. Hailey Danz USA 01:26:26
4. Veronica Yoko Plebani ITA 01:29:46
5. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:30:32
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