Paratriathletes prevail on Yokohama course

by Andrew Dewhurst on 16 May, 2015 12:29 • Español
Paratriathletes prevail on Yokohama course

The paratriathletes were first out on course at the World Series Triathlon event in Yokohama this morning, with racing underway at 6.55am local time under drizzly and overcast skies that turned to heavy rain midway through the run, making for tricky conditions.

With qualifying points on the line for the Chicago World Championships in September and the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, competition was intense across the Olympic paratri categories with athletes from around the world lining up chasing those vital points on the road to Rio.

Winners across the various Paratri categories were: Krige Schabort (USA) PT1, Mark Barr (USA) PT2, Denis Kungurtcev (RUS) PT3, Alexander Yalchik (RUS) PT4 and Lukasz Wietecki (POL) PT5 for the men. On the women’s side the winners were: Emily Tapp (AUS) PT1, Yukako Hata (JPN) PT2, Kate Doughty (AUS) PT4 and Katie Kelly (AUS) PT5.

The shock for the locals was the disqualification of headline Paratriathlete Junpei Kimura in the PT1 category. The Japanese star had picked up a penalty during the race but did not serve it before crossing the line and was immediately notified by the technical officials.

Katie Kelly (Australia) raced for the first time with two time world elite champion and Olympic silver medalist Michellie Jones and spoke afterwards of a first time race with her new partner.

“It was probably more challenging for MJ on the bike, once we did a couple of laps though and knew the course on the bike it was all good. That is the first time we raced together so that is always a bit different, but in terms of the swim in the harbor and the ride and the run there was great crowd support and it is a well-organized event so it was great fun.”

For Jones this was a new experience to add to the CV, and one she loved.

“That was the first time riding a tandem in a race so that was good, for me the technical aspect was perfect, it taught me a lot really quickly so our plan was to take it easy on the first lap and give it more of a go, as long as Katie is happy, I am happy. You had to back off a little in the corners, we hit the straights as hard as we could, we had one scary moment and I was like ‘whooaa - pilot error’, but it was good, the more technical it is, the quicker I am going to learn.”

Kelly is delighted with where the sport is heading.

“I think it is fantastic that Paratri is making it to Rio but then also to have someone like Michellie who has done so much in the sport as an elite athlete, this is an opportunity for all athletes out there to give something back a little, we don’t take it for granted, we are so grateful for the opportunity and overall it is fantastic for the sport.”

Mellisa Stockwell (USA) was another to be pleased with her day in the testing conditions, the three time world champion happy with a runner-up finish with new husband Brian and new baby Dallas Patrick watching in the rain.

“I am happy, I had a good day, good swim, I can always improve on the bike and I felt pretty strong on the run and anytime I get to pass that finish line I am happy, taking it day by day, I am pretty happy. Two or three 180 turns meant we had to slow down and almost stop to make the complete turn and especially with the wet roads and be careful not to break on those wet lines. I am happy with the points for second place, the goal is to get points and continue on that road to Rio. I am coming back from having a baby 5 and a half months ago, every race I am improving a little so I feel I can only continue to improve and get better.”

Mark Barr (USA) was another of the winners on the day, taking out the men’s PT2 category.

“It was a lot of fun, a little wet but we knew that coming in so prepared mentally and executed well regardless of the rain. Maximum points at this race was the goal coming in, moving forward we will see where the world rankings are after this. This has been amazing, great for paratriathlon, the most well run race I have ever attended and I will be back every single time they have this race. Back to training for me now, we will see about racing, I am not sure what is next just yet.”

Full results found here

Related Event: 2015 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Event
16 May, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: Men's PT1
1. Krige Schabort USA 01:01:50
2. Alexandre Paviza H1 FRA 01:11:58
3. Matthew Brumby H1 AUS 01:12:57
4. Seiji Tanaka H1 JPN 01:15:23
5. Zach Young H1 USA 01:16:39
Results: Women's PT1
1. Emily Tapp H1 AUS 01:24:16
Results: Men's PT2
1. Mark Barr USA 01:10:54
2. Mohamed Lahna USA 01:15:24
3. Giorgio Vanerio ITA 01:19:35
4. Glen Jarvis AUS 01:19:50
5. Brian Norberg USA 01:20:33
Results: Women's PT2
1. Yukako Hata JPN 01:28:57
2. Melissa Stockwell USA 01:29:58
3. Rakel Mateo Uriarte ESP 01:31:58
4. Kimberly Fawcett-Smith CAN 01:50:33
DNF. Veronika Gabitova RUS DNF
Results: Men's PT3
1. Denis Kungurtsev RUS 01:07:34
2. Alejandro Sánchez Palomero ESP 01:09:26
3. Justin Godfrey AUS 01:10:02
4. Kini Carrasco ESP 01:15:49
5. Edson Dantas BRA 01:16:32
Results: Men's PT4
1. Aleksandr Ialchik RUS 01:02:26
2. Péter Boronkay HUN 01:03:47
3. Yan Guanter FRA 01:04:01
4. Keiichi Sato JPN 01:05:33
5. Sjaak Van Den Berg NED 01:06:05
Results: Women's PT4
1. Kate Doughty AUS 01:14:35
2. Anna Bychkova RUS 01:17:52
3. Patricia Collins USA 01:23:46
4. Petra Lévay HUN 01:24:53
5. Sara Koehnke USA 01:38:36
Results: Men's PT5
1. Łukasz Wietecki B3 POL 01:05:19
2. Daniel Llambrich Gabriel B2 ESP 01:06:39
3. Ryu Nakazawa B2 JPN 01:14:59
4. Satoru Yoneoka B1 JPN 01:17:46
5. Keiji Nagai B1 JPN 01:19:23
Results: Women's PT5
1. Katie Kelly B3 AUS 01:08:29
2. Atsuko Maruo B2 JPN 01:19:19
3. Zsófia Lengyel B2 HUN 01:22:13
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