Paratriathletes win nine medals, including three golds in Gold Coast
Every member of Great Britain paratriathlon team won a medal at the ITU World Championships on the Gold Coast in Australia. The haul of nine medals included gold medals for Dave Ellis, Lauren Steadman and Hannah Moore.
Dave Ellis, guided by Mark Buckingham delivered 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. The aces 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, George Peasgood won his first ever global medal and made the dominant favourites Stefan Daniel (CAN) and Martin Schulz (GER) work very hard to catch him after exceptional swim and bike legs.
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.
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).
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.
Moore said: “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!”
Riall said: “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.”
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