Fourty-nine of the world’s best paratriathletes, from 12 countries, took part in the elite International Paratriathlon at the ITU World Championship Londonrace yesterday.
The GE Great Britain Team won four gold medals, including winning performances from reigning world champions Jane Egan and Faye McClelland.
McClelland, 31, completed the sprint distance race in 1:13:35 and in doing so secured the women’s Tri4 classification title for the third year running.
McClelland, from Lewes in East Sussex, said she felt honoured to be competing on the proposed London 2012 course. Born without a left hand, the physiotherapy student only took up paratriathlon in 2005 having been active in a number of other sports including boxing, gymnastics and dance beforehand.
Britain’s Clare Cunningham finished third in the women’s Tri-4 category. She said: "We had great support all the way around, especially through the transitions.”
Jane Egan, recipient of the 2011 220 Paratriathlete of the Year award, took gold from teammate Liz McTernan with a winning time of 1:29:26 in the Tri1 category.
Steven Judge added to his recent European title with another impressive win in Hyde Park. He won the Tri3 class in a time of 1:16:37, which included a 20:34min 5km run to finish – an impressive performance from someone who was told he may never walk after a horrendous car crash in 2002.
The final gold medal was won by visually impaired athlete Sean Grundy. His margin of victory from Haseeb Ahmad was just 0.01seconds.
Jimmy Goddard, 33, finished second in the competitive Tri1 classification. Goddard, a former Royal Artillery Commando, became paralysed aged 26 from the waist down following a rock climbing accident on the Gower peninsula in Wales that killed his climbing partner.
He said; “Sport helps overcome injury, whatever it is,” said Goddard. “For me Paratriathlon has really helped but that’s the sort of person I was anyway,” he said.
For full results please visit http://london-itu.mikatiming.de/2011
A full Hyde Park round-up to come in Issue 265.