World’s top Paratriathletes to begin quest for Grand Final gold

World’s top Paratriathletes to begin quest for Grand Final gold

By Doug Gray on 12/09/18 at 11:59 pm

Saturday morning at the 2018 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final will see a full schedule of Paratriathlon events taking over the Gold Coast, with races in seven classes getting underway at 6.45am local time. Familiar faces will be sharing the start lines, and no doubt the podiums, with some exciting new talent from around the world, with the young guns looking to make names for themselves on the biggest stage.

PTWC
In the Men’s PTWC race, where athletes will all be using a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and racing wheelchair for the final segment, Netherlands’ Jetze Plat will be looking to rekindle the level of performance that saw him win the gold in the Rotterdam Grand Final 12 months ago. Plat has two World Series wins to his name already this year in Yokohama and Iseo, but will be put under pressure once more by the experienced figure of compatriot Geert Schipper, the winner at this year’s European Championships in Tartu.

The Women’s PTWC race sees Spain’s Eva Moral also arrives in the Gold Coast off the back of a title-winning display in Tartu which followed her first place at the Aguilas World Cup in May.  Australia’s Lauren Parker took the Iseo World Series gold in June and will be desperate to secure the same result on her home turf, but Japan’s seasoned race veteran Wakako Tsuchida has victories in Yokohama and Edmonton already to her name this year and will once again be one to watch.

PTS2
The PTS2 Men’s race sees a 12-strong field led by Britain’s ever-impressive Andrew Lewis, in the middle of an incredible run of results reaching back to his gold at Rio 2016. USA’s Mark Barr narrowly missed the podium in Brazil, and after second place in Rotterdam last year he will feel ready to follow up his three World Series golds this year with a big showing in the Gold Coast.

The women’s race will see the US duo of Allysa Seely and Hailey Danz once more do battle for the podium as they have all season, but Finland’s Liisa Lilja won gold in Lausanne as she returned to ITU racing after what had been a brilliant 2017 and Fran Brown of Great Britain is also no stranger to the podium at the highest level.

PTS3
The men’s PTS3 field sees six athletes going for gold, with veterans Daniel Molina of Spain and Australia’s Justin Godfrey having powered to gold and silver respectively in last year’s Rotterdam Grand Final, but GB’s Ryan Taylor will want to establish himself on the race and build on his sole World Series win from 2017 in Edmonton. The two women competing for the PTS3 gold will be Russia’s Anna Plotnikova and Elise Marc of France.

PTS4
Thirteen athletes will line up for the men’s PTS4, with Alexis Hanquinquant of France eyeing a second successive Grand Final gold. Also no stranger to the World Series podium, Russia’s Mikhail Kolmakov makes his first Grand Final appearance, whereas Austria’s Oliver Dreier has vast experience that could help him to go one better than his silver here a decade ago. Australia’s Sally Pilbeam would love to win gold in front of her home fans, but Mami Tani’s remarkable run of results will make the Japanese star the one to beat in the women’s PTS4. 

PTS5
The women’s PTS5 race could boil down to another fascinating contest between Britain’s Lauren Steadman, USA’s Grace Norman and Gwladys Lemoussu of France, the trio that shared the Rotterdam podium and many since, but Canada’s young talent Kamylle Frenette could be a serious challenger this year. Eleven men line up in search of PTS5 gold, with GB’s George Peasgood in great form so far in 2018 but he will expect another strong challenge from Germany’s Martin Schulz. Canadian Stefan Daniel won gold in Edmonton, and Spain’s strong swimmer Jairo Ruiz Lopez can never be ruled out of the medal places.

PTVI
In the PTVI (vision-impaired) races, nine women will be on the start line, with Australia’s Katie Kelly among the most experienced in the field and the Olympic champion looks like being the name to beat. If she can deliver a powerful bike segment, Spain’s Susana Rodriguez could yet take the tape, while Britain’s Alison Patrick arrives on the back of a fine win at the European Championships. So, too, does her compatriot Dave Ellis, who could lead the charge for the men’s gold just as he did last year. Ellis can expect a stiff challenge from USA’s Aaron Scheidies and Poland’s Lukasz Wietecki, however, while Jonathan Goerlach arrived back on home turf on a high after a brilliant run saw him land the gold in Edmonton six weeks ago.

For the full list of 2018 Grand Final line ups, click here.

PTS2 Men

1. Mark Barr USA US 01:06:35
2. Andrew Lewis GBR GB 01:07:17
3. Jules Ribstein FRA FR 01:08:23
4. Mohamed Lahna ITU IU 01:09:18
5. Maurits Morsink NED NL 01:09:57
6. Lionel Morales ESP ES 01:10:10
7. Vasilii Egorov RUS RU 01:10:31
8. Stefan Loesler GER DE 01:11:17
9. Stephane Bahier FRA FR 01:11:56
10. Allan Armstrong USA US 01:15:01

PTS2 Women

1. Allysa Seely USA US 01:17:54
2. Fran Brown GBR GB 01:19:44
3. Hailey Danz USA US 01:20:44
4. Liisa Lilja FIN FI 01:23:30
5. Rakel Mateo Uriarte ESP ES 01:25:23
6. Yukako Hata JPN JP 01:25:35
7. Melissa Stockwell USA US 01:27:16
8. Veronica Yoko Plebani ITA IT 01:31:00
9. Veronika Gabitova RUS RU 01:36:28

PTS3 Men

1. Daniel Molina ESP ES 01:07:30
2. Ryan Taylor GBR GB 01:10:19
3. Max Gelhaar GER DE 01:14:04
4. Victor Chebotarev RUS RU 01:14:50
5. Justin Godfrey AUS AU 01:19:01
6. Joaquin Carrasco ESP ES 01:20:11

PTS3 Women

1. Anna Plotnikova RUS RU 01:20:32
2. Elise Marc FRA FR 01:24:37
3. Cassie Cava IRL IE 01:28:29

PTS4 Men

1. Alexis Hanquinquant FRA FR 01:01:15
2. Alejandro Sánchez Palomero ESP ES 01:04:57
3. Joe Kurt LUX LU 01:05:43
4. Hideki Uda JPN JP 01:06:02
5. Oliver Dreier AUT AT 01:06:09
6. Clint Pickin AUS AU 01:06:32
7. Mikhail Kolmakov RUS RU 01:07:30
8. Jorge Luis Fonseca BRA BR 01:08:00
9. Andrew Nicholson IRL IE 01:08:21
10. Marcelo Collet BRA BR 01:08:32

PTS4 Women

1. Hannah Moore GBR GB 01:13:23
2. Sally Pilbeam AUS AU 01:14:44
3. Mami Tani JPN JP 01:17:06
4. Kerryn Harvey AUS AU 01:22:28
5. Kelly Elmlinger USA US 01:22:41
6. Sharon Dagg NZL NZ 01:24:00

PTS5 Men

1. Stefan Daniel CAN CA 00:57:43
2. Martin Schulz GER DE 00:58:44
3. George Peasgood GBR GB 00:59:14
4. Jairo Ruiz Lopez ESP ES 00:59:42
5. Yannick Bourseaux FRA FR 00:59:52
6. Alexandr Ialchik RUS RU 01:01:28
7. Chris Hammer USA US 01:02:47
8. Carlos Rafael Viana BRA BR 01:03:09
9. Péter Boronkay HUN HU 01:03:42
10. Keiichi Sato JPN JP 01:04:04

PTS5 Women

1. Lauren Steadman GBR GB 01:07:27
2. Claire Cashmore GBR GB 01:08:50
3. Grace Norman USA US 01:09:52
4. Kamylle Frenette CAN CA 01:10:52
5. Gwladys Lemoussu FRA FR 01:13:11
6. Alisa Kolpakchy UKR UA 01:14:34
7. Petra Lévay HUN HU 01:21:55

PTVI Men

1. Dave Ellis B3 GBR GB 00:59:51
2. Aaron Scheidies B2 USA US 01:00:11
3. Héctor Catalá Laparra B2 ESP ES 01:00:30
4. Jose Luis García Serrano B1 ESP ES 01:01:44
5. Jonathan Goerlach B3 AUS AU 01:02:08
6. Vasyl Zakrevskyi B1 UKR UA 01:03:37
7. Daniel Knegt B1 NED NL 01:04:47
8. Jon Dunkerley B1 CAN CA 01:04:56
9. Łukasz Wietecki B3 POL PL 01:04:57
10. Alen Kobilica B1 SLO SI 01:05:58

PTVI Women

1. Susana Rodriguez B2 ESP ES 01:06:32
2. Alison Peasgood B2 GBR GB 01:07:37
3. Katie Kelly B3 AUS AU 01:09:02
4. Jessica Tuomela B1 CAN CA 01:10:06
5. Elizabeth Baker B3 USA US 01:11:19
6. Anna Barbaro B1 ITA IT 01:13:10
7. Amy Dixon B3 USA US 01:13:19
8. Atsuko Maruo B2 JPN JP 01:19:04
9. Vita Oleksiuk B2 UKR UA 01:21:22

PTWC Men

1. Jetze Plat H2 NED NL 00:57:03
2. Geert Schipper H2 NED NL 00:59:02
3. Joseph Townsend H2 GBR GB 01:00:27
4. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA IT 01:01:04
5. Ahmed Andaloussi H1 FRA FR 01:01:31
6. Bill Chaffey H2 AUS AU 01:02:07
7. Alexandre Paviza H1 FRA FR 01:02:45
8. Jumpei Kimura H1 JPN JP 01:03:41
9. Benjamin Lenatz H1 GER DE 01:04:21
10. Fernando Aranha H2 BRA BR 01:06:30

PTWC Women

1. Emily Tapp H1 AUS AU 01:08:58
2. Wakako Tsuchida H2 JPN JP 01:09:51
3. Lauren Parker H1 AUS AU 01:12:44
4. Mona Francis H2 FRA FR 01:14:55
5. Ahalya Lettenberger H2 USA US 01:15:14
6. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP ES 01:15:20
7. Margret Ijdema H1 NED NL 01:16:52
8. Brenda Osnaya Alvarez H1 MEX MX 01:21:39
9. Jessica Ferreira H1 BRA BR 01:22:32
10. Mary Catherine Callahan H1 USA US 01:25:23

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