Peasgood and Taylor set early season markers in Yokohama


George Peasgood and Michael Taylor lay down early season markers as they won gold and silver respectively at the 2021 World Triathlon Para Series Yokohama.

Peasgood's race was first on the order for the day and he took on Paralympic Champion Martin Schulz (GER) in the bid for vital Toko 2020 qualification points. 

The Brit was first out of the swim with almost a minutes lead over Schulz before getting out of transition 1 looking strong on the bike leg where he put time on his lead.

Peasgood enjoyed a really quick second transition and moved into the run part of the race looking confident. 

His lead over Schulz extended to closer to a minute through the 5km run before Schulz came back at Peasgood and cut the lead to under 20 seconds. 

Peasgood took the tape with a 13-second lead over his rival and secured his first gold world triathlon para series medal since 2018. 

Taylor, who was only competing in his second World Triathlon Para Series event, secured silver with an impressive performance showing his potential. 

He secured the fastest swim in the field and came into T1 looking confident. He got onto the bike leg and was only behind 2019's world champion Alexis Hanquiquant (FRA) and America's Jamie Brown. 

Taylor completed the third fastest bike leg and the run allowed him to stay in a good position to secure that silver medal.  

You can re-watch the race on Triathlon Live 

Image courtesy of World Triathlon

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