Stefan Daniel captured his eighth World Para-triathlon Series win in Yokohama, Japan on May 18th.
The 2016 Paralympic silver medallist led from start to finish, crossing the line in 58:54. “The game plan was to have a good bike and test some new things because I have been balancing training with school,” said Daniel. “I was really happy with how everything went. Overall, this is the fittest and most balanced I’ve been this early in the year.”
The Calgarian used his run speed to take the gold medal ahead of Chris Hammer (USA) and Alexandr Ialchik (RUS). With 15 months to go until the 2020 Paralympic Summer Games, Triathlon Canada is focused on Tokyo. “We just came off our first big training camp as a team in Hawaii. The goal was to test out the heat because we know it is going to be hot in Tokyo,” said Daniel. “I’m definitely a lot more confident with the heat. Everything is rolling right now, I’m running and swimming well so I hope to take this momentum into Montreal where I know will be a really good field.”
Jessica Tuomela teamed up with guide Marianne Hogan for the first time in the women’s visually impaired category and clocked a 1:13:37 for fourth.
Kamylle Frenette also battled hard in her first World Para-triathlon Series race of the season, posting a fourth-place time of her own at 1:11:19 in the women’s standing event.
Jon Dunkerley and his guide James Cook, placed eighth in the men’s visually impaired race with a time of 1:06:23.
Vincent Luis reigns and the American women sweep in Japan
In the World Triathlon Series (WTS) race, Tyler Mislawchuk and Joanna Brown both finished inside the top-15. Mislawchuk took 14th in a time of 1:44:39, and Brown finished 15th in 1:56:27.
Mislawchuk spent much of the race chasing. The Candian came off the bike in 20th position and clocked a sub 31 minute 10K to finish 14th overall. France’s Vincent Luis won with a time of 1:43:21, just three seconds ahead of Henri Schoeman (RSA). Bence Bicsak (HUN) was third with a time of 1:43:26.
Coming off her first career WTS podium in Bermuda, Brown put together a solid run to finish 15th. The American women swept the podium with Katie Zaferes taking the win (1:52:12), Summer Rappaport in second (1:52:33) and Taylor Spivey in third (1:53:29).