The 2013 European Paratriathlon Championships were hosted in Alanya, Turkey and saw Great British athletes return home with six gold, four silver and two bronze medals.
The paratriathlon racing brought the 2013 European Championships to a stunning close on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast on a day of sun drenched racing.
In the women’s TRI 4 (arm impairment) classification, Lauren Steadman and Clare Cunningham recorded a one-two for Britain, with Steadman finishing first.
Both had previously represented Great Britain as para-swimmers and finished the race over six minutes ahead of third place Alena Kaufman (RUS).
Steadman said: “I definitely had to work hard for this. The swim is my strength and I had a good, smooth transition; on the bike I just wanted to keep distance between myself and everyone else. On the run I had jelly legs, but I gave it my all.”
The men’s TRI 4 race saw two British athletes, David Hill and Joe Allen, take to the course. Hill finished 7th with Allen 12th as Martin Schulz of Germany took gold.
Another former swimmer, Dave Ellis, took gold in the men’s TRI 6b (visual impairment, partially sighted) classification ahead of compatriot Iain Dawson.
Ellis was making his debut and used his swimming prowess to be the first out of the water and finished the race almost 90 seconds ahead of Dawson.
There was a further one-two in the parallel women’s event, with Melissa Reid finished ahead of Charlotte Ellis to be crowned European Champion.
Racing in the men’s TRI 6a (visually impaired, including blind) category, Haseeb Ahmad claimed the final podium position as he finished over eight and a half minutes ahead of fourth place.
Phil Hogg won gold in the TRI 1 (wheelchair user) category, saying after the race: “It’s emotional, I can only thank my coaches and my family and I can’t thank them enough for getting me here.
“I was thinking on the third or fourth bike lap that I had a chance, but I knew I had to keep on the gas and keep racing.”
This was Hogg’s first international paratriathlon race, and he was joined on the podium by Joe Townsend who finished third. Francesc Sola Garcia (ESP) took silver. James Goddard was the third Brit to make the top ten, as he crossed the line in 7th place.
A further two gold medals were secured for Great Britain by Sarah Pearson (TRI 3 Les Autres classification) and Jane Egan (TRI 1).
Steven Judge secured a silver medal in Alanya as he finished second to Michele Ferrarin (ITA) in the men’s TR1 3 race.
The men’s TRI 5 (moderate leg impairment) classification, George Peasgood finished 5th with fellow Brit, Adrian Heathfield, finishing 12th.
The 2013 European Paratriathlon Championships saw twelve of the seventeen British athletes that raced win a medal. This impressive haul saw a third of the total medals on offer won by a member of the GB team, showing the strength across the different paratriathlon classifications.
Further 2013 racing, including the 2013 Paratriathlon World Championships, will be covered in subsequent Swim, Bike and Reruns as we recap the best of British athletes from recent years.