British Paratriathletes top Gold Coast World Championship medal table

British Paratriathletes excel. AGAIN.

Stunning team display from the British squad in Australia

“Was that the best performance ever from the Great Britain Paratriathlon team?” That’s what I wrote LAST year after the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. After Saturday’s racing on the Gold Coast at the 2018 Championships, we can now answer that with a definitive “no” – because they were even better this time around. 10 athletes started and 10 medals earned, including three Gold. Amazing.

Those performances of individual excellence combined to place the British squad firmly at the top of the Paratriathlon medal table, with just two years now until the second inclusion of the sport at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

Gold Coast ITU Paratriathlon World Championship medal table

Gold Silver Bronze Total
GBR 3 5 2 10
USA 2 1 2 5
ESP 2 1 1 4
AUS 1 1 2 4
FRA 1 1 1 3
NED 1 1 2
CAN 1 1
RUS 1 1
GER 1 1 2
JPN 1 1 2
IRL 1 1
LUX 1 1
TOTAL 12 12 12 36

 

Many thanks to Helen Gorman for the extended Paratriathlon race report below from Australia


Great Britain Paratriathlon Team Wins Three World Titles

Every member of the Great Britain Paratriathlon team won a medal at the ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast in Australia. The haul of ten medals included gold medals for Dave Ellis, Lauren Steadman and Hannah Moore.

Ellis, guided by Mark Buckingham won Britain’s first medal of the day in the visually impaired category after he overcame USA’s Aaron Scheidies with a rapid 5km run to the finishing tape. That set the tone for the next few hours, where the British team achieved what Head Coach, Jonathon Riall described as “the most collectively well executed team preparation and delivery to date.”

The number of medals won by the British team wasn’t an indication of easy victories. Today’s races featured almost all of the best athletes in the world, and in the categories that British athletes didn’t win, they made up significant ground on their rivals.

Lauren Steadman, for example not only beat the Paralympic Champion, Grace Norman in the PTS5 category, but she brought teammate, Claire Cashmore with her and relegated Norman to bronze. In the same category,In the same category, George Peasgood won his first global medal since the classifications were restructed five years ago and made the dominant favorites Stefan Daniel (CAN) and Martin Schulz (GER) work very hard to catch him after exceptional swim and bike legs.

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Joe Townsend, sixth in Rio, has upped his performance in the wheelchair class massively this year. Not only did he win bronze, but he also edged closer to the huge Dutchmen, Jetze Plat and Geert Schipper.

Joseph Townsend ITU Paratriathlon World Championship

Two of Britain’s Rio medal winners, Alison Patrick and Andy Lewis both won silver. Patrick is adapting to working with new guide, Hannah Drewett in the visually impaired class, and Lewis rode the emotional rollercoaster that has seen his PTS2 class omitted from Tokyo to win another global medal. Also in silver were Fran Brown (PTS2) and Ryan Taylor (PTS3).

ITU Paratriathlon World Championships 2018
Alison Patrick, guided by Hannah Drewett

Britain’s least experienced team member, Hannah Moore, made an immediate impact with gold, demonstrating Riall’s assertion that this team now has its expectations set very high.

Riall concluded: “Overall this is the most successful outcome for our team in its short history and testament to the continuous hard work from every member of coaching and support staff.”

Athlete reactions

 Dave Ellis:

“What an amazing feeling. It was a tough race and I wasn’t sure it would happen but I got it on the run. We made the best of the race and stuck to our game plan. The guys went out harder than us but we built through it.”

Hannah Moore:

“They were good conditions for me and on the bike I just went as hard as I could to try and create a gap to the other girls and then just hang on during the run. It was hot out there and a tough race but I am delighted with the result. I can go celebrate now!”

Lauren Steadman:

“I wasn’t expecting to win but I knew I would try my best and it was enough. I kind of planned to make the bike leg my strongest but I didn’t get as far away as I wanted to but then I found my legs on the run so I was really happy. There is still more to come and I have more technique work to do but I’m really chuffed and just want to say thanks to everyone who has helped me get here.”

Great Britain medals

Gold: Dave Ellis, Hannah Moore, Lauren Steadman

Silver: Fran Brown, Claire Cashmore, Alison Patrick, Andy Lewis, Ryan Taylor

Bronze: George Peasgood, Joe Townsend

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