Silver success for Brits in Montreal


The British contingent in action at the World Triathlon Para Series in Montreal have scored silver medals with Oscar Kelly and guide Charlie Harding (PTVI) and Finley Jakes (PTS4) winning their first international medals of the season by finishing second.

This was Kelly’s first World Triathlon Para Series race of 2022 and a key part of his preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham later this summer.

Kelly and Harding lined up against Kyle Coon (USA) who took the win in Yokohama and showed their progress with a strong race that saw them fight back from fourth out of the swim to second.

The Brits caught one of the leading athletes in the swim before using the bike leg to overtake another and secured their first international medal of 2022 with silver behind Coon.

Jakes has already enjoyed an international test this season and secured sixth place in Bescancon at the World Triathlon Para Cup in June. He took to the start line hungry for success and had a strong swim to come out of the water in third place.  

He got caught by a couple of athletes on the bike and went on to the run in fifth place with a 45 second gap between him and the athletes battling for bronze. Jakes executed an excellent run to make up the time and move in to second place and secure the silver medal.

"I had a really solid build up into the race today and was wanting to improve on my performance in Bescancon," Jakes said. "I had a good swim and bike sections on a really nice fast course. I saw that I wass coming out of transition two in fifth with the nearest competitors close in front so chased them down on the final straight and had easily one of my best runs in a triathlon.

"The medal means a huge amount. There's nee a lot of hard work put in over winter and it's great to see it starting to pay off. It adds a little bit of self belief for me as well which I have struggled with before in the past as it's helped show me how competitive I can be in my classification."

Michael Salisbury (PTS5) came up against a tough field which included Paralympic bronze medallist Stefan Daniel (CAN) and finished ninth overall.

Paratriathlon action continues on home soil when the Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swasnea kicks off on 6 August. For more information and to be at the heart of the action click here 

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