Spain dominates the Banyoles Paratriathlon World Cup

by Olalla Cernuda on 08 Sep, 2019 04:36 • Español
Spain dominates the Banyoles Paratriathlon World Cup

With four gold medals and another four more athletes in the podiums, Spain completed a golden journey this Sunday at the Banoyles Paratriathlon World Cup, with current World Champs Hector Catalá (PTVI Men), Alejandro Sanchez Palomero (PTS4 Men), Daniel Molina (PTS3 Men) and Jairo Ruiz (PTS5 Men) grabbing victories in the fast and technical circuit of Banyoles just a week after the Grand Final in Lausanne.

What a week has been for Spaniard Hector Catala Laparra, adding the title in Banyoles to the World Champion he got just one week ago. For Catala, the two victories and his second place in the Montreal WPS mean that he is mathematically qualified for Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Behind him in the finish chute were Arnaud Grandjean (FRA) and USA’s Brad Snyder, who repeated the third place that he also got in yokohama WPS this season.

In the Women’s category, with the current World Champion Susana Rodriguez not present in Banyoles to prepare for the European Championships, it was Itailan Anna Barbaro who took the opportunity and broke the tape in 1h11’04’’, followed close by two American couples, Elizabeth Baker and Amy Dixon and their guides.

Another local hero, Spaniard Jairo Ruiz, delighted all the spectators in Banyoles by claiming the title in the PTS5 category, just a week after finishing in a bittersweet 4th place in the World Championships in Lausanne. Ruiz, who was a bronze medalist in the Rio 2016 Paralympics, managed to recuperate the time he lost in the swim to cross the finish line just ahead of Brazilian Carlos Rafael Viana and José Abraham Estrada Sierra (MEX).

In the Women’s race, Kate Doughty gave the Aussies their second gold medal of the day in Banyoles, storming through the course around the idilic lake to claim the victory in the PTS5 category, almost two minutes ahead of Alisa Kolpakchy (UKR) and Kerry Large (GBR).

Alejandro Sanchez Palomero gave the Spanish team another joyful moment by crossing the finish line in the first place in the PTS4 category. The current World Champion also secured a spot for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics next summer. Brazilian Jorge Luis Fonseca finished in the second place, while a fantastic run gave Japanese Hideki Uda the third spot in the podium.

A perfectly executed race gave Japanese Mami Tani the gold medal in Banyoles, to redeem herself from the disqualification in the World Championships in Lausanne, and proving again that she is in a great shape after the Tokyo Test Event, in which she finished in the second place. She finished just ahead of Sally Pillbeam (AUS) and Spaniard Marta Frances Gomez, who made her first-ever paratriathlon race in Banyoles.

Another World Champion, Daniel Molina, completed the Spanish gold medal collection in Banyoles, finishing the PTS3 Male race in the first race with a dominant swim, bike and run, and followed in the finish line by his teammate Joaquin Carrasco.

Russia claimed the gold medal in the Men’s PTS2 class, with Vasilii Egorov stopping the clock in just 1h07’34’’, followed by another Spaniard, Lionel Morales and Maurits Morsink (NED) in the third place, while in the Women’s race USA’s Melissa Stockwell claimed the gold medal, followed by Yukako Hato and Veronica Yoko Plebani (ITA).

Exactly a week after claiming her first-ever World Title, Australian Lauren Parker showed once again that she is one of the ones with more serious aspirations to be in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics podium in a year time, performing a classy race that saw her leading out of the water, in the hand bike and in the wheelchair run. Spaniard Eva Maria Moral was close behind Parker after the swim, but Emily Tapp, twice World Champion, quickly chased her to cross the finish line in second place, leaving Moral in the third place, grabbing still some really valuable points in the Paralympic Qualification list.

In the men’s race, the event was clearly dominated by Alexandre Paviza, culminating a great season after his second place in Magog and his victory in Besancon, and giving him an extra motivation before heading to Valencia next week for the European Championships. Behind him in the finish line were Jumpei Kimura (JPN) and Nic Beveridge (AUS), back on podium positions after a disappointing season for the Aussie.

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Related Event: 2019 Banyoles ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
08 Sep, 2019 • event pageall results
Results: PTWC Men
1. Alexandre Paviza H1 FRA 01:01:49
2. Jumpei Kimura H1 JPN 01:02:30
3. Nic Beveridge H1 AUS 01:03:38
4. Antonio Daniel Muller H1 GER 01:07:08
5. Fernando Aranha H2 BRA 01:07:42
Results: PTWC Women
1. Lauren Parker H1 AUS 01:08:12
2. Emily Tapp H1 AUS 01:08:50
3. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:11:58
4. Jessica Ferreira H1 BRA 01:13:00
5. Rita Cuccuru H1 ITA 01:15:57
Results: PTS2 Men
1. Vasilii Egorov RUS 01:07:34
2. Lionel Morales ESP 01:09:25
3. Maurits Morsink NED 01:11:21
4. Geoffrey Wersy FRA 01:15:22
5. Gianluca Valori ITA 01:19:38
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Melissa Stockwell USA 01:21:26
2. Yukako Hata JPN 01:22:14
3. Veronica Yoko Plebani ITA 01:24:20
4. Cécile Saboureau FRA 01:28:02
Results: PTS3 Men
1. Daniel Molina ESP 01:07:30
2. Kini Carrasco ESP 01:21:12
Results: PTS4 Men
1. Alejandro Sánchez Palomero ESP 01:02:32
2. Jorge Luis Fonseca BRA 01:03:57
3. Hideki Uda JPN 01:04:08
4. Oliver Dreier AUT 01:04:37
5. Clint Pickin AUS 01:05:37
Results: PTS4 Women
1. Mami Tani JPN 01:14:08
2. Sally Pilbeam AUS 01:21:30
3. Marta Francés Gómez ESP 01:31:45
Results: PTS5 Men
1. Jairo Ruiz Lopez ESP 00:59:17
2. Carlos Rafael Viana BRA 00:59:33
3. José Abraham Estrada Sierra MEX 01:00:14
4. Keiichi Sato JPN 01:01:47
5. Aleksandr Konyshev RUS 01:02:17
Results: PTS5 Women
1. Kate Næss AUS 01:09:48
2. Alisa Kolpakchy UKR 01:11:45
3. Kerry Large GBR 01:13:36
4. Petra Lévay HUN 01:16:39
5. Irina Grazhdanova RUS 01:17:18
Results: PTVI Men
1. Héctor Catalá Laparra B2 ESP 00:59:51
2. Arnaud Grandjean B3 FRA 01:00:02
3. Brad Snyder B1 USA 01:00:18
4. Thibaut Rigaudeau B3 FRA 01:01:37
5. Vasyl Zakrevskyi B1 UKR 01:03:13
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