World Paratriathlon London preview

by Erin Greene on 26 May, 2015 07:19 • Español

With just over a month until the Rio Paralympics qualification period opens, paratriathletes are ramping up their season as they hunt for points towards the World Championships in Chicago at World Paratriathlon Event London this Saturday.

With four-time World Champ Bill Chaffey (AUS) back in the game after sustaining injuries due to a training accident last year, he’ll challenge Great Britain’s own Phil Hogg who took second in the World Championships last year. Geert Schipper (NED) returns as the defending champion at the London event, but with Hogg’s hometown advantage and Chaffey’s renewed form, the men’s PT1 is one race that will be hotly contested.

Having competed in paratriathlon since 2007, the USA’s Sarah Reinertsen is one of the most experienced athletes lining up Saturday. But it’s Saskia Van Den Ouden (NED) who shows most promise after a silver medal finish in Madrid earlier this month. Question marks surround young Liisa Lilja (FIN), but she is also expected to make an impact on the field.

Since starting his paratriathlon journey three years ago, Italy’s Michele Ferrarin has finished off the podium just once and has more one’s by his name than any other number. But Russia’s eager Vasily Egorov charged onto the scene last year and recently defeated Ferrarin at the Madrid World Paratriathlon Event by just seconds. For a nail-biting race, keep an eye on the men’s PT2.

The men’s PT4 race enjoys a deep and talented field with Canada’s Stefan Daniel making the trip over from Canada to lead the group. A strong swimmer and runner, Daniel took World Championship silver last season. He’ll face off with Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez, who is recovering from a broken rib. Lopez just missed out on gold in London last year, as well as the World Championship podium.

Great Britain’s own Lauren Steadman and Clare Cunningham will duke it out in the women’s PT4. Together with Faye Mcclelland, who won’t race this weekend, the ladies made up the World Championship podium last year. Steadman, who competed in Paralympics for swimming, has found her stride as the leading athlete in the sport class.

Spain’s Susana Rodriguez and Great Britain’s Melissa Reid are top picks in women’s PT5, as each athlete consistently performs in the top 3 at both World Paratriathlon Events and World Championship races. Joleen Hakker has come on strong as of late in B1, edging Reid recently in Madrid. 

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The paratriathlon races will be contested on Saturday, May 30 at 9:30pm.

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Related Event: 2015 London ITU World Paratriathlon Event
30 May, 2015 • event pageall results
Results: Men's PT1
1. Bill Chaffey H2 AUS 01:00:16
2. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:03:24
3. Phil Hogg H1 GBR 01:04:18
4. Mark Conway H1 GBR 01:07:15
5. José Vicente Arzo Diago H2 ESP 01:07:19
Results: Women's PT1
1. Mary Catherine Callahan H1 USA 01:28:19
2. Lizzie Tench H2 GBR 01:33:39
Results: Men's PT2
1. Michele Ferrarin ITA 01:10:21
2. Vasilii Egorov RUS 01:11:49
3. Giorgio Vanerio ITA 01:23:58
Results: Women's PT2
1. Saskia Van Den Ouden NED 01:31:37
2. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:32:39
3. Allysa Seely USA 01:35:34
4. Sarah Reinertsen USA 01:39:57
5. Emily Harris GBR 01:51:29
Results: Men's PT3
1. Alejandro Sánchez Palomero ESP 01:09:33
2. Daniel Molina ESP 01:09:42
3. Rihards Sprincis LAT 01:18:47
4. Pedro Basilio POR 01:21:47
5. Cyril Lorre BEL 01:29:21
Results: Men's PT4
1. Stefan Daniel CAN 01:00:14
2. George Peasgood GBR 01:02:03
3. Aleksandr Ialchik RUS 01:02:20
4. Maarten Peters NED 01:03:52
5. Jairo Ruiz Lopez ESP 01:03:58
Results: Women's PT4
1. Lauren Steadman GBR 01:09:26
2. Clare Cunningham GBR 01:14:08
3. Anna Bychkova RUS 01:17:35
4. Marianne Hüche DEN 01:40:53
Results: Men's PT5
1. Łukasz Wietecki B3 POL 01:05:47
2. Arnaud Grandjean B3 FRA 01:08:50
3. Iain Dawson B3 GBR 01:09:17
4. Héctor Catalá Laparra B2 ESP 01:10:06
5. Nick Hammerling B1 GER 01:14:16
Results: Women's PT5
1. Melissa Reid B3 GBR 01:10:36
2. Joleen Hakker B1 NED 01:10:50
3. Susana Rodriguez B1 ESP 01:12:24
4. Christine Robbins B3 CAN 01:22:41
5. Zsófia Lengyel B2 HUN 01:24:22
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