Spain dominate Paratriathlon at ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships

by Merryn Sherwood on 04 May, 2011 07:05

Frenchman Benjamin Landier dashed Spain’s hopes of a podium sweep in the first cross paratriathlon world titles last week, keeping the host’s total to just four out of five gold medals at the inaugural ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships in Extremadura.

Spain picked up four goal medals, in the Paratriathlon2, Paratriathlon3, Paratriathlon4 and Paratriathlon6 categories with Ricardo Marin, Ivan Hompanera, Toni Franco and Fernando Riano respectively claiming the first world titles on the course where paratriathletes didn’t just have to contend with the competition from other athletes but mud turning the bike and run legs into a technically challenging battle.

Landier posted the fastest time by any paratriathlete across the 1km swim, 20km cross country bike and 6km cross country run, posting a time of 2 hours 1 minute and 3 seconds to beat Miguel A. Ubeda Salmerón home in the Paratriathlon6 category.

A total of 14 athletes from four different countries, Spain, Brazil, Great Britain and France, competed across the five different categories.

The last 12 months has already been a big year for paratriathlon, with the official announcement that the sport will join the Paralympic programme in Rio 2016. More than 5,000 fans backed ITU’s bid campaign “Paratriathlon for Paralympics”, and the International Paralympic Committee’s Governing Board officially accepted the sport for the Rio 2016 Games in December 2010.

Later this year in Beijing, a total of 27 nations from all five continents have pledged to participate at the 2011 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Beijing. That will be the largest number of countries represented at an ITU Paratriathlon World Championships and those 27 countries also made a commitment to host paratriathlon national championships from 2011 onwards.

The ITU is a dedicated supporter of paratriathlon and has held Paratriathlon World Championships each year since 1995.

The first ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships were held in El Anillo, Extremadura in Spain. South Africa’s Conrad Stoltz won the elite men’s title and Canadian Melanie McQuaid won the elite women’s title.

Related Event: 2011 Extremadura ITU Cross Triathlon World Championships
30 Apr, 2011 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Women
1. Melanie Mcquaid CAN 01:43:01
2. Shonny Vanlandingham USA 01:43:24
3. Emma Garrard USA 01:43:43
4. Christine Jeffrey CAN 01:45:22
5. Marion Lorblanchet FRA 01:47:16
6. Zuriñe Rodriguez Sanchez ESP 01:47:34
7. Renata Bucher SUI 01:48:13
8. Adriana Fabiola Corona MEX 01:50:34
9. Susan Sloan RSA 01:51:27
10. Helena Herrero Gomez ESP 01:51:31
Results: Elite Men
1. Conrad Stoltz RSA 01:26:40
2. Seth Wealing USA 01:27:36
3. Olivier Marceau SUI 01:29:42
4. Josiah Middaugh USA 01:30:26
5. Richard Stannard GBR 01:31:04
6. Eneko Llanos Burguera ESP 01:31:28
7. Bruno Pais POR 01:32:11
8. Branden Rakita USA 01:32:13
9. Victor Manuel Del Corral Morales ESP 01:32:46
10. Craig Evans USA 01:34:37
Results: Junior Women
1. Miriam Casillas García ESP 01:01:47
2. Jip Veelenturf NED 01:05:09
3. Judit Saizar Ardanuy ESP 01:05:14
4. Sindija Veinberga LAT 01:12:19
5. Anna Godoy Contreras ESP 01:13:27
6. Camila Alonso Aradas ESP 01:21:00
Results: Junior Men
1. Filipe Azevedo POR 00:50:36
2. Hugo Alves POR 00:50:51
3. Diego Paz Sobreira ESP 00:51:28
4. Jarrich Van Woersem NED 00:51:49
5. Miguel Fernandes POR 00:52:29
6. Filip Lishak SVK 00:54:17
7. Genis Grau ESP 00:54:59
8. David Castro Fajardo ESP 00:55:28
9. Jordi García Gracia ESP 01:00:33
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