Despite dealing with a flat tire for more than half of the bike, Stefan Daniel finished almost six minutes ahead of his closest rival, taking the men’s PTS5 category at the World Paratriathlon Series race in Edmonton. Daniel, who took the silver medal at the Paralympics in Rio last year, will compete next in Penticton at the ITU World Duathlon Championships before looking to try and take another world title in Rotterdam in September.
Daniel trailed Great Britain’s George Peasgood out of the water, but quickly moved ahead on the bike, only to realize on the second lap that he had a flat in his rear tire. He kept riding, hanging on for dear life on the fast downhill that is part of the four-lap Edmonton course and nursing his bike around the corners. He entered T2 with Peasgood on his heels, but pulled away on the run to take the gold medal.
Other Canadians in the field included Jon Dunkerley and Jessica Tuomela, who both finished fourth in the PTVI category. Tuomela, who has only been competing in triathlon events for six months, was guided by 2015 Pan American Games competitor Ellen Pennock.
Here’s a gallery of the Canadians competing in Edmonton – photos by Kevin Mackinnon.
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