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World Triathlon Para Sequence Swansea 2024: Moore, Ellis and Cashmore strike gold in Wales

The third version of the World Triathlon Para Sequence Swansea took space on the Prince of Wales Dock and SA1 Waterfront on Saturday. A much cry from the 2023 speed when weather compelled the match to be transformed to aquathlon format, blue skies and warm temperatures welcomed a host of world’s perhaps the most straightforward paratriathletes.

On what become once the penultimate weekend of the Paralympic Games qualification job (with correct WTPS Montreal closing this coming Saturday), Swansea become once the third of correct four WTPS occasions which represent the extinguish tier of world paratriathlon racing in 2024.

There become once a trio of double Paralympic gold medallists racing, World Champions, previous Swansea winners and some gargantuan performances from the dwelling athletes too, in what become once an superb day of racing.

Right here’s the map it all done out.

PTVI – Gold for Ellis and MacCombe

Possibly the strongest well-liked for a British gold medal at Paris 2024, it’s no shock to glimpse Dave Ellis topping the rostrum for a third consecutive victory in Swansea, but this become once surely now no longer an straightforward one. Ensuring that every Paris plans were covered in the match of illness / hurt and heaps others, Ellis become once guided by Jack Hutchens this week, somewhat than the long-standing partner Luke Pollard. Hutchens is a nice athlete in his hold correct, a center-distance racer who took second second space on his knowledgeable debut two years previously.

Emerging from the swim in end firm with Sam Harding (AUS) and Oscar Kelly (GBR), Ellis become once like a flash to the front, alternatively it didn’t preserve too long till the USA’s Owen Cravens (guided by 2014 IRONMAN World Championship runner-up, Ben Hoffman), powered through and pulled determined. They’d attain T2 with a clear 30-second profit, leaving the Brits with plenty to total on the speed. It become once a role they were up to, lastly running down the Cravens/Hoffman pairing, to preserve the tape seven seconds determined.

Sam Harding, guided by Aaron Royle, dwelling the fastest speed of the day to total the rostrum. With quality athletes savor Thibaut Rigaudeau (FRA) and Antoine Perel (FRA) each and each absent in Swansea this three hundred and sixty five days, you perhaps can model positive the Men’s PTVI speed in Paris will seemingly be one among perhaps the most hotly contested on the schedule.

Dave Ellis and Jack Hutchens World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

One half of the ‘Tandem Twins’ and guided this past weekend by Eimear Nicholls, Ireland’s Chloe MacCombe took victory in South Wales, in gargantuan fragment by a if truth be told impressive performance on two wheels. The silver medallist on the Commonwealth Games on Birmingham, MacCombe become once guided for the major time by Nicholls, who under her maiden name of Mullan won occasions at the side of IRONMAN UK, Embrunman and IRONMAN Mallorca.

Along side the fastest speed break up too, they took the tape almost a minute and a half determined of Heloise Curvoisier (info Anne Henriet), with Broad Britain’s Rio 2016 silver medallist, Alison Peasgood (info Brooke Gillies), a further 16 seconds attend on her return to racing. That consequence must aloof thunder key for Peasgood on the different hand, as in a speed against time to earn a third parts scoring speed for Paris qualification, she has jumped 13 areas to seventh in the rankings, the put the extinguish nine are assured of a starting up.

Chloe MacCombe and Eimear Nicholls World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon
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PTWC – Plat dominates, Taylor edges out Gretsch

Few issues in lifestyles are as first rate as a Jetze Plat (NED) victory, such is the space of one among the gargantuan para athletes for the time being energetic in world sport. And that’s no topic getting the winners of every other medal from each and each Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 on the match.

Powering throughout the handcycle portion, he become once under no stress for the speed and would attain the pause greater than three minutes ahead of Tokyo silver medallist, Florian Brungraber (AUT). Plat’s compatriot, Geert Schipper, added a second Dutch athlete to the rostrum as he seeks to add to the silver medal he won eight years previously in Rio.

Jetze Plat World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

There become once a seesaw battle on the front of the women folk’s wheelchair division. Starting in the major wave as a H1 (elevated impairment) athlete, Leanne Taylor (CAN) become once being chased down throughout the swim and bike by Tokyo 2020 gold medallist, Kendall Gretsch. There become once correct second between them starting up the speed, with Gretsch first out onto the three-lap direction. The speed become once successfully and if truth be told on, and it become once Taylor, who excellent started the game following a biking accident in 2018 that left her paralysed from the waist down, who got right here out on high.

Within the job she earned her first occupation WTPS victory, with Broad Britain’s Melissa Nicholls polishing off the medal podium in third.

Leanne Taylor World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

PTS5 – Cordeiro impresses, Cashmore dominant

One amongst the races of the day, the lads’s PTS5 division would in the extinguish look all three podium athletes on the blue carpet of the ending straight together.

The swim would look a quartet of athletes enter T1 together; Jack Howell (AUS), Ronan Cordeiro (BRA), Stefan Daniel (CAN) and Martin Schulz (GER), the double Paralympic Games gold medallist. Schulz put the stress on throughout the 5-lap, technical bike direction, but could well presumably now no longer shake off the Brazilian, with the rapid-running Daniel additionally correct a couple of second attend as they started the 5km speed.

All noteworthy in that closing self-discipline, throughout the early phases it seemed as despite the truth that Daniel become once going to be able to bridge attend to the main pair, with perhaps even the opportunity of a bound pause to glimpse ahead to. That didn’t somewhat happen, alternatively it become once excellent throughout the closing kilometre that Cordeiro become once ready to lastly decrease free from Schulz, the worthwhile margin correct 10 seconds.

Ronan Cordeiro and Martin Schulz World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

For the women folk, in the absence of Grace Norman (USA) and Lauren Steadman (GBR), who will each and each the racing this coming weekend in Montreal, this constantly seemed savor a head-to-head between Claire Cashmore (GBR) and Kamylle Frenette (CAN). The Canadian athlete has been making gargantuan development in fresh years, making her the presumably to distress the dominance of the ‘gargantuan three’.

Locked together throughout the swim, they started the bike leg aspect-by-aspect, but from that time on Cashmore took preserve watch over. It become once a resounding performance on the bike from the Brit, who won time every lap to lastly starting up the speed with a elephantine two-minute profit. Frenette clawed attend a couple of seconds over the 5km, but this become once Cashmore’s day.

It could perhaps perhaps well presumably additionally thunder key for Monika Belczewska (POL) too, who by taking the bronze, 21 seconds ahead of Emilie Gral (FRA), sees her leapfrog the French athlete into that every-important ninth space in the Paralympic Qualification Rankings. Both are dwelling to speed again in Montreal.

Women PTS5 podium World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

PTS4 – Three Brits on the rostrum

A winner of the major WTPS match of the season in Devonport, Australia, Michael Taylor (GBR) become once the tempo-setter in the lads’s PTS5 till the leisurely phases of the speed. Setting the fastest swim and bike splits, his job become once to are attempting to preserve off the rapid running legs of the USA’s Carson Clough.

With a 16: 31 speed break up (18: 17 for Taylor), Clough become once ready to reel in the Brit and preserve the Swansea earn – his first WTPS title – by correct 20 seconds. By taking the bronze medal, Eric McElvenny (USA) jumped a large 5 areas to 10th in the Paralympic Qualification Rankings. All to play for this Saturday in Montreal for Eric.

Men PTS4 podium World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

It become once a memorable and emotional day for Hannah Moore (GBR), who we spoke to at length somewhat earlier this three hundred and sixty five days, in the women folk’s PTS4

Leading from the front in the swim, she reached T1 by myself and would in no map be headed, at the side of the fastest bike break up to her swim efforts.

It would thunder to be a British one-two, as Megan Richter ran determined of Hannah MacDougall (AUS) after that duo had reached T2 together after struggling with throughout the major two disciplines.

Hannah Moore World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

PTS3 – Obvious wins for Gelhaar and Cava

Germany’s Max Gelhaar marked himself out as one among the favourites for Paris, when he claimed the scalp of World and European Champion, Daniel Molina (ESP), who had been unbeaten since Swansea 2022.

Producing a gargantuan bike break up, he won two minutes on the Spanish star throughout the 5 laps. While Molina become once ready to claw attend a couple of seconds on the speed and pass Nico van der Burgt (NED) in the job, that also left Gelhaar with a pleased worthwhile margin and a gargantuan self perception booster ahead of Paris.

Men PTS3 podium World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

Setting the fastest swim break up by a elephantine three minutes, Cassie Cava added but any other Irish gold in the women folk’s PTS3 category. The total rostrum finishers would reasonably equally matched over the bike leg, earlier than Cava further extended her lead – which could well presumably be drawing end six minutes on the pause – on the closing speed. Sanne Koopman and Rachel Watts added further to the Swansea medal hauls of Netherland and USA, respectively.

Women PTS3 podium World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

PTS2 – Crew USA double

A minute down on the main trio out of the water, the USA’s Mohamed Lahna aloof had plenty to total after the bike leg. While he’d moved up to second, he become once aloof greater than a minute down on Stephane Bahier (FRA) with correct the 5km speed to dawdle.

He made somewhat light work of that – while additionally keeping off the snappy Maurits Morsink (NED), who become once closing rapid in the attend of him – to preserve the Swansea victory by 27 seconds.

Men PTS2 podium World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

Paralympic Games champion in each and each 2016 and 2020, Alyssa Seely become once aloof making an are attempting to fully stable her Paris 2024 starting up. Despite coming into this speed ranked #4, the USA accept as true with three of the extinguish four ranked athletes, with excellent the extinguish two eligible by quota allocation at least.

By taking the earn right here, two minutes ahead of Veronica Plebani (ITA), the Tokyo 2020 bronze medallist, she has moved up to Third space and if my maths are correct, additionally secured her Paris starting up.

Allysa Seely World Triathlon Para Series Swansea 2024 / WTPS Swansea
Photograph Credit: Ben Lumley / World Triathlon

The future?

Saturday’s speed become once the third and closing three hundred and sixty five days of the three three hundred and sixty five days contract announced in 2021 to host the standalone World Triathlon Para Sequence match in Swansea, as fragment of the lead-in to Paris 2024.

I’ve been fortunate to accept as true with been a exclaim of all three of these occasions in my role there as on-predicament announcer/commentator, and accept as true with if truth be told enjoyed every version. Speaking to most of the athletes racing over these years, they’ve surely been very positive in direction of the match.

With conformation that there will seemingly be no World Triathlon Sequence match in the UK in 2024 coming that three hundred and sixty five days, as of this present day at least, that means that we are going to be with out that high tier of paratriathlon racing too. I’m positive that these discussions are and could be going down in the attend of the scenes with the complete stakeholders to lengthen the legacy of WTPS Swansea. I if truth be told hope they are going to gain a mode to continue the legacy of the work that has been put in over the major three years.

World Triathlon Para Sequence Swansea 2024 Results

Saturday 22 June 2024 – 750m / 20km / 5km

PTVI

  • 1. Dave Ellis (GBR), 1: 01: 12 (Files: Jack Hutchens)
  • 2. Owen Cravens (USA), 1: 01: 19 (Files: Ben Hoffman)
  • 3. Sam Harding (AUS), 1: 02: 02 (Files: Aaron Royle)

Females

  • 1. Chloe McCombe (IRL), 1: 10: 03 (Files: Eimear Nicholls)
  • 2. Heloise Courvoisier (FRA), 1: 11: 28 (Files: Anne Henriet)
  • 3. Alison Peasgood (GBR), 1: 11: 44 (Brooke Gillies)

PTWC

Men

  • 1. Jetze Plat (NED), 0: 59: 24
  • 2. Florian Brungaber (AUT), 1: 02: 39
  • 3. Geert Schipper (NED), 1: 03: 10

Females

  • 1. Leanne Taylor (CAN), 1: 12: 21
  • 2. Kendall Gretsch (USA), 1: 13: 36
  • 3. Mel Nicholls (GBR), 1: 15: 08

PTS5

Men

  • 1. Ronan Cordeiro (BRA), 0: 59: 18
  • 2. Martin Schulz (GER), 0: 59: 28
  • 3. Stefan Daniel (CAN), 0: 59: 44

Females

  • 1. Claire Cashmore (GBR), 1: 09: 33
  • 2. Kamylle Frenette (CAN), 1: 11: 25
  • 3. Monika Belczewska (POL), 1: 14: 10

PTS4

Men

  • 1. Carson Clough (USA), 1: 03: 39
  • 2. Michael Taylor (GBR), 1: 03: 59
  • 3. Eric McElvenny (USA), 1: 05: 25

Females

  • 1. Hannah Moore (GBR), 1: 15: 47
  • 2. Megan Richter (GBR), 1: 16: 58
  • 3. Hannah MacDougall (AUS), 1: 18: 41

PTS3

Men

  • 1. Max Gelhaar (GER), 1: 08: 45
  • 2. Daniel Molina (ESP), 1: 10: 27
  • 3. Nico Van Der Burgt (NED), 1: 10: 56

Females

  • 1. Cassie Cava (IRL), 1: 24: 37
  • 2. Sanne Koopman (NED), 1: 30: 15
  • 3. Rachel Watts (USA), 1: 35: 04

PTS2

Men

  • 1. Mohamed Lahna (USA), 1: 09: 25
  • 2. Maurits Morsink (NED), 1: 09: 52
  • 3. Lionel Morales (ESP), 1: 11: 10

Females

  • 1. Allysa Seely (USA), 1: 20: 12
  • 2. Veronica Plebani (ITA), 1: 22: 15
  • 3. Neele Ludwig (GER), 1: 30: 41

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