Challenge Kaiserwinkl-Walchsee
challenge kaiserwinkl-walchsee

Commonwealth Games Paratriathlon results: Dave Ellis takes gold


Dave Ellis romped to a brilliant victory for Team England in the men’s Paratriathlon at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on Sunday.

He and guide Luke Pollard were utterly dominant throughout the race, roaring clear of the rest of the field in great style to top the podium.

The 36-year-old was diagnosed with the eye condition Stargardt’s Disease as a teenager, and told he was going to go blind. He continues to overcome adversity, after his build-up to this race was hampered by the two broken arms he suffered in January.

Those injuries, sustained tripping over an extendable dog lead, may have cost him valuable time in the water in particular in recent months but he was absolutely brilliant here as he claimed a convincing victory.

It was a very special moment for Ellis, who had his shot at Paralympic glory in Tokyo so cruelly ruined by a snapped bike chain last summer.


Swim – Ellis takes control

Ellis and Pollard were super smooth in the water in Sutton Park despite the miserable weather conditions, stopping the clock at 9:46 for the 750m swim leg.

That gave the English star a lead of just over 30 seconds from another Team England star, youngster Oscar Kelly. Australia’s Sam Harding was 30 seconds further back in third.


Bike – Dave drops the hammer

The weather in Birmingham was now thankfully improving, and Ellis and Pollard took full advantage on their tandem bike as they poured it on during Lap 1 of 4. By the end of that first 5km circuit, their lead was now 1:29 from Harding.

Lap 2 brought more of the same with Ellis and Pollard looking really strong as they upped the lead to just over two minutes from Harding. Another Aussie in Gerrard Gosens was currently holding onto bronze medal position with Rhys Jones of Wales in fourth.

The relentless progress of Ellis and Pollard continued on Lap 3, putting another half-minute into the opposition. The advantage over Harding was now 2:32 with Gosens 4:43 off the pace in third.

Ellis smoothly progressed through the final bike Lap to stop the clock at 26:27 for the leg, before a perfectly transition through T2. Now all that separated him from that prized gold medal was the 5km run. He was three minutes clear of Aussie Harding.

There was bad news coming through for England’s Kelly meanwhile, with his chances of a medal severely hampered by a puncture early on the bike leg.


Run – Ellis brings it home

Harding is known for his prowess on the run, but the gap to Ellis already appeared too big to eradicate with just the 5km to cover. And so it proved as Dave actually increased his advantage to 3:33 on the first of the two run laps.

All that remained now was a glorious victory as the agony of Tokyo was replaced by utter joy. Ellis stopped the run clock at 16:38 for an overall time of 57:39.

Dave Ellis Luke Pollard photo credit World Triathlon
A richly-deserved win for Dave Ellis and Luke Pollard [Photo credit: World Triathlon]

The margin of victory for Ellis was 4:30 as Harding claimed silver for Australia while another Aussie Jonathan Goerlach grabbed the bronze. Rhys Jones of Wales took fourth while England’s Kelly was fifth after a terrific recovery following that mechanical.

Commonwealth Games Paratriathlon Results

PTVI Men – Sunday July 31, 2022

Sutton Park, Birmingham – 750m/20km/5km

  • 1. Dave Ellis (ENG) – 57:39
  • 2. Sam Haarding (AUS) – 1:02:09
  • 3. Jonathan Goerlach (AUS) – 1:05:21
  • 4. Rhys Jones (WAL) – 1:06:02
  • 5. Oscar Kelly (ENG) – 1:06:38
Graham Shaw
Written by
Graham Shaw
Graham has been involved with TRI247 & RUN247 since the summer of 2021. Since then he has provided strategic direction for all news and is passionate about the growth of triathlon as a fan sport.
Latest News
Kristian Blummenfelt Paris Test Event [Photo credit: World Triathlon / Wagner Araujo]
Blummenfelt says sub-29 minutes run needed to strike Olympic gold in Paris
Joe Skipper IRONMAN Arizona 2022 [Photo credit Patrick McDermott Getty Images for IRONMAN]
Joe Skipper calls HYROX “the best sport I’ve ever taken part in” after debut in London
Els Visser Fenella Langridge Radka Kahlefeldt Challenge Canberra 2023
IRONMAN Western Australia: Start time, preview and how to follow live
Sam Long wins IRONMAN 703 Gulf Coast 2023 [Photo credit: Julio Aguilar / Getty Images for IRONMAN]
IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells: Start time, preview and how to follow live
Collin Chartier - PTO US Open 2022
World Anti-Doping Agency publish List of Prohibited Substances and Methods for 2024