Paratriathletes battle heat at European Championships in Pontevedra

by Masa Takaya on 28 Jun, 2011 11:55 • Español

A total of 51 Paratriathletes lined up on the sizzling pavement for a sprint in front of massive crowds in Pontevedra, Spain, only a few hours before the elite men’s showdown at the European Championships on Saturday.

Athletes faced grueling conditions with intense heat and almost no breeze to cool them during the 5 km run and 20 km bike ride that followed the 750-meter swim. The determination they demonstrated inspired the crowds, who filled the stadium with loud cheers.

Competition was sometimes tight, as in the men’s events. In the T4 category (arm impairment including paralysis), Peter Boronkay (HUN) won a thrilling race by a tiny 29 seconds, ahead of Lars Hansen (GER), earning him a particularly rapturous welcome at the finish.

“Some amazingly talented and fit athletes, who are competing at elite level in Paratriathlon, and who may have any combination and degree of loss of limb, coordination, sight or have a spinal cord injury,” ITU Vice President Sarah Springman said. “Their passion to race hard and give no quarter, and their ability to adapt, are deeply impressive as are some of the technological solutions they adopt to help their athletic performances.”

Nine countries claimed spots on the podiums, including Spain, Great Britain, Austria, Hungary, France, Serbia, Netherlands, Italy and Germany.

The men took part in six different categories, while the women filled three categories.

“Europe is the most active continent in promoting Paratriathlon and is, together with the USA, leading development and progress in most classification categories for men and women,”. “Giving paratriathletes an opportunity to compete annually over the sprint distance inclusively in the European Championships is absolutely essential.”

The ITU has been developing Paratriathlon for over 15 years. There are currently six categories for physically challenged athletes to compete in over the sprint Paratriathlon distance of 750m swim, 20km bike (handcycle/tandem/bicycle), 5km run (run/wheelchair) at the ITU World Triathlon Championships each year.

2011 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships are scheduled for September during the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Grand Final Beijing. Paratriathlon has been added to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games programme.

2011 Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships - 25 June 2011
Final Results - Paratriathlon

  • Female TRI-1: Gold - Jane Egan (GBR)  1:52:47
  • Female TRI-4: Gold - Faye McClelland (GBR)  1:22:04
  • Female TRI-6: Gold - Charlotte Ellis (GBR)  1:22:37
  • Male TRI-1: Gold - Francesc Sola Garcia (ESP)  1:24:59
  • Male TRI-2: Gold - David Peiffer (FRA)  1:34:03
  • Male TRI-3: Gold - Steven Judge (GBR)  1:20:38
  • Male TRI-4: Gold - Peter Boronkay (HUN)  1:15:25
  • Male TRI-5: Gold - Ernst Scheiber (AUT)  1:15:34
  • Male TRI-6: Gold - Lazar Filipovic (SRB)  1:13:19

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Related Event: 2011 Pontevedra ETU Triathlon European Championships
24 - 26 Jun, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Alistair Brownlee GBR 01:48:48
2. Jonathan Brownlee GBR 01:48:55
3. Dmitry Polyanskiy RUS 01:50:09
4. Mario Mola ESP 01:50:16
5. Alessandro Fabian ITA 01:50:23
Results: Elite Women
1. Emmie Charayron FRA 02:04:00
2. Vendula Frintova CZE 02:05:27
3. Annamaria Mazzetti ITA 02:05:28
4. Ainhoa Murua Zubizarreta ESP 02:05:40
5. Yuliya Yelistratova UKR 02:06:10
Results: Junior Men
1. Justus Nieschlag GER 00:59:09
2. Jelle Geens BEL 00:59:11
3. Matthias Steinwandter ITA 00:59:14
4. Martin Debnar CZE 00:59:16
5. Raphael Montoya FRA 00:59:22
Results: Junior Women
1. Hanna Philippin GER 01:05:42
2. Eszter Dudás HUN 01:06:00
3. Eszter Pap HUN 01:06:01
4. Elena Maria Petrini ITA 01:06:07
5. Annika Vössing GER 01:06:08
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I Germany GER 01:38:10
2. Team I Ukraine UKR 01:38:11
3. Team I Italy ITA 01:38:20
4. Team I Russia RUS 01:39:17
5. Team I Hungary HUN 01:39:23
Results: Mixed Junior Relay
1. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:41:04
2. Team II Germany GER 01:41:13
3. Team I Belgium BEL 01:41:21
4. Team I Hungary HUN 01:41:40
5. Team I Germany GER 01:42:02
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-1
1. Francesc Sola Garcia ESP 01:24:59
2. Rafael López Ordoñez ESP 01:43:03
3. Norberto Chavez Oliva H1 ESP 01:53:52
DSQ. James Goddard GBR DSQ
Results: Paratriathlon Female TRI-1
1. Jane Egan GBR 01:52:47
2. Elizabeth Mcternan GBR 01:59:19
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-2
1. David Peiffer FRA 01:34:03
2. Javier Merida ESP 01:45:23
3. Ricardo Marin Arcis ESP 01:52:52
Results: Paratriathlon Male TRI-3
1. Steven Judge GBR 01:20:38
2. Sebastian Averesch GER 01:23:59
3. Geoffrey Wersy FRA 01:27:21
4. Santiago Solino Nebot ESP 01:35:56
5. Antonio Pacheco Salas ESP 01:38:52
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