This weekend saw a World Triathlon Cup event in Tongyeong where Sam Dickinson won bronze, as well as World Triathlon Para Cup racing in Alanya which saw a silver medal for Colin Wallace (PTS3) and bronze for Oscar Kelly guided by Charlie Harding (PTVI) and Finley Jakes (PTS4).
World Triathlon Para Cup Alanya
Alayna is on Turkey’s southern coast, with the racing starting with a 750m sea swim in the Mediterranean, before a 20km bike course made up of three laps along the seafront and a run route that leads through the streets of the city.
In the men’s PTS3 race, Colin Wallace came away with silver to add to the gold he won at Europe Triathlon Para Cup Bari last month and the British Championship gold he won in July. He showed his strength on the bike by completing the 20km over two minutes faster than anyone else having come out of the water in seventh place. The third fastest run of the day ensured that he came away with silver.
Having finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games and fourth at Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea, it was podium finish for Oscar Kelly and his guide Charlie Harding in the men’s PTVI race. The pair were consistently competitive across all three disciplines, recording the fastest run split of the race to make sure of the podium finish.
Also leaving Turkey with a bronze medal was Finley Jakes (men’s PTS4). Jakes was second fastest on the swim, with only Frenchman Alexis Hanquinquant, who has dominated this category for many years, faster than him. Strong bike and run performances saw him ensure the bronze medal would be his, adding to the silver he’d picked up at World Triathlon Para Series Montreal earlier this year.
The remaining Brits all secured good results in their classifications, with Katie Crowhurst and her guide Ella Beard coming fifth in the women’s PTVI race, and Josh Landmann and Bret Crossley finishing sixth and seventh respectively in the men’s PTWC race.
Results from the Europe Triathlon Cup event in Alanya will follow in a separate round up.
World Triathlon Cup Tongyeong
Sam Dickinson swim, bike, ran to bronze in South Korea in the early hours of Saturday morning UK time. The Yorkshireman was on the men’s start line with compatriots Jack Willis, Connor Bentley, Ben Dijkstra and Harry Leleu, with all five finishing inside the top-30 from a 69-athlete field.
Alanya, Turkey, welcomed paratriathletes from around the world to compete on Saturday 15 October, including six British athletes and two PTVI guides.
Bentley, Willis and Dickinson were all at the front out of the swim, however it was Willis who would be the Brit driving forward on the bike as part of a breakaway of three athletes. Pulling ahead on the run, he was caught by eventual winner Matthew McElroy (USA) who ran clear to win.
Across the 10km bike leg, Dickinson made inroads on the field and demonstrated a strong run to move up inside the top-ten. An impressive final kilometre saw him pull into the podium positions ahead of a flurry of athletes which included Willis in seventh. Bentley finished 25th, Dijkstra 28th and Leleu 29th.
In the women’s race, Olivia Mathias was the sole Brit competing, finishing in ninth place in a hot race in South Korea.
Mathias was among the first out of the water and rode well as part of the lead group to be onto the run at the start of a train of athletes. The strength of the field saw her work cut out across the 10km, with the Brit running strongly to earn a top-ten finish. French athlete Audrey Merle took the win.
Results from both races can be found on the World Triathlon website via the button below.
Find out what else happened this weekend with our weekend round up.