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British Paratriathlon Squad wins seven medals from seven starts at WPS Yokohama

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Great Britain’s paratriathletes opened the 2018 season in style, winning three golds, a silver and three bronze medals in the first ITU World Paratriatlon Series event in Yokohama, Japan. Paralympic silver medallist, Lauren Steadman, was among the gold medallists alongside George Peasgood and Dave Ellis.

2018 Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series RESULTS:

PTWC Men

1. Jetze Plat H2 NED 00:56:21
2. Geert Schipper H2 NED 00:58:56
3. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR 01:02:01

PTS2 Women

1. Allysa Seely USA 01:17:39
2. Hailey Danz USA 01:19:18
3. Fran Brown GBR 01:20:51

PTS3 Men

1. Justin Godfrey AUS 01:06:58
2. Ryan Taylor GBR 01:08:09
3. Joaquin Carrasco ESP 01:21:57

PTS4 Men

1. Alexis Hanquinquant FRA 01:00:43
2. Jamie Brown USA 01:01:41
3. Steven Crowley GBR 01:02:08

PTS5 Men

1. George Peasgood GBR 01:00:12
2. Alexandr Ialchik RUS 01:00:37
3. Chris Hammer USA 01:00:59

PTS5 Women

1. Lauren Steadman GBR 01:06:39
2. Grace Norman USA 01:08:46
3. Gwladys Lemoussu FRA 01:12:12

PTVI Men

1. Dave Ellis B3 GBR 01:00:57
2. Jose Luis García Serrano B1 ESP 01:02:15
3. Alen Kobilica B1 SLO 01:05:45

For full results, please visit here

Steadman turned the tables on the Paralympic Champion, Grace Norman (USA) to win the women’s PTS5 category. After exiting the swim together, Steadman created a significant gap on the bike which she held to the finish. Steadman took the win from Norman for the first time in over two years, commenting: “I’m really pleased to be back on top of the podium, it’s been a while! I wasn’t sure how the first race of the season would go. It sets me up nicely for the season ahead.”

In the men’s PTS5 category, George Peasgood won his first WPS, with a gun to tape victory, just a week after winning silver in the road time trial in the para cycling World Cup in Ostend, Belgium.  Consistently the fastest swim-biker, Peasgood managed to hold off the fast runners in the field.

Peasgood said: “It was awesome to come out here and perform as well as I did. I’ve had a tough few weeks travelling and racing so my legs didn’t feel too fresh but I’m in good shape. Being a swim-biker, it’s always going to come down to the chase on the run but thankfully I held off today.” 

There was a third gold for the British team as Dave Ellis, guided by Carl Shaw, won his second consecutive WPS Yokohama in the men’s PTVI category. Ellis commented: “It’s a great start to the season and I’m very happy to be back on top of the podium.  It was good to be quicker in all elements of the race, producing a time two minutes quicker than last year.” 

In the PTS3 category, Ryan Taylor won the silver medal. He exited the water in the lead but was unable to hold off Justin Godfrey (AUS) on the bike. Taylor commented: “I tried a new warm up today which worked well with my best swim. I’m disappointed with my bike but I had a good run and happy with my overall performance.”  

Commonwealth Games Champion, Joe Townsend, continued to demonstrate great form, winning the bronze medal in the men’s PTWC category, in a world class field, which included all the Paralympic medallists from Rio.  There were also bronze medals for Fran Brown in the women’s PTS2 and Steve Crowley in the men’s PTS4 categories.   

Jonathon Riall, Paralympic Head Coach, was delighted with the overall team performance: “It’s been a super start to the season with some real steps forward for the team. It has been a winter full of effort, change and challenge, which seems to have helped move things forward.  All athletes medalling gives a real buzz to the day.” 

In his final race as British Triathlon Performance Director, Brendan Purcell was full of praise for the squad, commenting: “To get everyone on the podium is testament to Jonny Riall’s hard work getting them into the right mindset when there is uncertainty about which categories will go forward to the Paralympics. Our team just got on with it and delivered an excellent set of results.”

The next major paratriathlon event takes place in two weeks with the ITU ITU Paratriathlon World Cup at Eton Dorney on 28 May. Start lists are available HERE.

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