Brown, Moore and Cashmore take World Paratriathlon Gold in Lausanne

Sprint finish for Cashmore and Steadman at the Paratriathlon World Championship, where the British squad collect a total of seven medals

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Seven medals for the British Paratriathlon team in Lausanne

Claire Cashmore (PTS5) won the first gold medal for the team reversing the top two positions from 2018 with team-mate Lauren Steadman.

The Loughborough-based athlete didn’t have the best swim but fought hard on the bike leg to catch the reigning world champion, Steadman. As the race entered the run leg, the Brits were running side-by-side until Cashmore made a break for the finish line and sprinted ahead of Steadman. The marging at the finish was just three seconds.

“World Champion sounds absolutely incredible to me. I still can’t quite believe it. My swim was awful and I got blown out the back and to be honest I didn’t think I had it in me and was beating myself up about it. On the bike I just kept catching and I managed to catch Lauren. We went out onto the run together the whole way. It came to the final bit and I got my sprinting legs on and got to the finish.

“My bike has improved so much over the last few years and to be able to get a good bike split was what I wanted today. What better way to do it than at the World Championships and to come here and win is amazing.”

Steadman added: “I over the moon and to have come within seconds of a World title after the year I’ve had is great. I’m so proud of Claire too. She’s had a fantastic year and the progression she has made is fantastic. She pushes me all the way and it’s nice to see competitiveness within the class.”

In the PTS4 category, Hannah Moore took the second gold medal for the British team after putting in an impressive display throughout the race.

Moore dominated the race and was in command from the swim and was time trialling through the bike leg.

Moore took the tape with a fantastic finish and commented: “It was really tough out there today. The course is brutal to be honest. I hadn’t been feeling great, but I am so happy to have been able to get that win after that is fantastic. It’s down to the people around me. For me it’s been great to have the combined start for the three categories. My family is here too and that’s so great that they could see me win.”

The final gold medal of the day for the British team was won by Fran Brown in the PTS2 category.

Brown, who favours hills, enjoyed the bike leg and showcased her strength to get into the lead.

“It wasn’t an easy race, but I enjoyed it. The support around the course was fantastic and it was brilliant to feel supported. It was a different course for us but you can’t not be inspired by the location. The swim was great, and it was so nice to swim in the lake. I really enjoy the hills and the run was challenging but I enjoyed it. I was relaxed coming in to this and I think that really helped.”

The first medal of the day was won by Dave Ellis and his guide Mark Buckingham who took silver in the PTVI category.

Ellis and Buckingham were in a strong position before a mechanical problem with the bike meant they fell down the rankings.

They left T2 in seventh place before fighting back on the run leg to take silver.

Paralympic bronze medallist Melissa Reid and her guide Nikki Bartlett took silver in the PTVI category after putting in a good performance throughout the race. The duo finished two minutes behind Spain’s Susana Rodriguez.

Paralympic Champion Andy Lewis secured silver in the PTS2 category after an excellent start to the race.

Lewis looked in a comfortable position in the bike leg and ran a strong final leg to get the second step on the podium.

ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, Lausanne – Sunday 1st September 2019
750m / 20km / 5km

1Jules RibsteinFRA01:11:40PTS2 Men
2Andrew LewisGBR01:13:51PTS2 Men
3Maurits MorsinkNED01:14:36PTS2 Men
1Fran BrownGBR01:24:23PTS2 Women
2Allysa SeelyUSA01:25:18PTS2 Women
3Hailey DanzUSA01:26:26PTS2 Women
1Daniel MolinaESP01:14:57PTS3 Men
2Nico Van Der BurgtNED01:16:41PTS3 Men
3Victor ChebotarevRUS01:21:09PTS3 Men
1Elise MarcFRA01:24:43PTS3 Women
2Anna PlotnikovaRUS01:26:21PTS3 Women
3Cassie CavaIRL01:32:26PTS3 Women
1Alexis HanquinquantFRA01:04:37PTS4 Men
2Jiachao WangCHN01:06:59PTS4 Men
3Alejandro Sánchez PalomeroESP01:07:09PTS4 Men
DNFSteven CrowleyGBRDNFPTS4 Men
1Hannah MooreGBR01:20:26PTS4 Women
2Kelly ElmlingerUSA01:22:52PTS4 Women
3Elke Van EngelenGER01:26:11PTS4 Women
1Stefan DanielCAN01:00:54PTS5 Men
2Martin SchulzGER01:02:13PTS5 Men
3Chris HammerUSA01:03:39PTS5 Men
10George PeasgoodGBR01:05:07PTS5 Men
1Claire CashmoreGBR01:12:42PTS5 Women
2Lauren SteadmanGBR01:12:45PTS5 Women
3Grace NormanUSA01:14:02PTS5 Women
1Héctor Catalá Laparra B2
ESP01:05:03PTVI Men
2Dave Ellis B3GBR01:05:53PTVI Men
3Aaron Scheidies B2USA01:06:05PTVI Men
1Susana Rodriguez B2ESP01:14:11PTVI Women
2Melissa Reid B3GBR01:16:11PTVI Women
3Jessica Tuomela B1CAN01:17:13PTVI Women
1Jetze Plat H2NED01:02:56PTWC Men
2Geert Schipper H2NED01:08:30PTWC Men
3Giovanni Achenza H1ITA01:10:10PTWC Men
4Joseph Townsend H2GBR01:10:39PTWC Men
1Lauren Parker H1AUS01:18:41PTWC Women
2Kendall Gretsch H2USA01:21:30PTWC Women
3Christiane Reppe H2GER01:24:52PTWC Women
4Jade Hall H2GBR01:25:40PTWC Women
John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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