Daniel and Taylor take silver at Para Cup in Besancon, France
Frennette takes bronze to add to Canadian medal haulPhoto by: World Triathlon
Canadian para triathletes enjoyed a big day at the World Triathlon Para Cup in Besancon, Franc yesterday with Calgary’s two-time Paralympic medalist Stefan Daniel and Winnipeg wheelchair athlete Leanne Taylor taking silver medals, while Kamylle Frenette took a bronze medal.
Daniel finished second in the standing division (1:03:10) behind rival Martin Schulz from Germany (1:01:26), with Brazil’s Ronan Cordeiro rounding out the podium (1:05:22).
“I was actually quite happy with the race today. Post Tokyo my fitness isn’t where it usually is this time of year, but I knew that going in,” said Daniel., who was with the leaders, but lost time on the bike during the sprint-distance race. “I suffered on the run, but I managed to hold my form together. My goal this year is just to try to get better each race and progress throughout the year. This was a good check in to see where I’m at. I’m excited to have another crack at racing next weekend.”
Taylor, who was paralyzed from the waist down after a mountain bike accident four years ago, took the silver medal (1:25:40) behind France’s Mona Francois (1:25:16).
“This was my first time racing in Besancon, so I was excited to race on such a beautiful course,” said Taylor, who was also second at the World Para Triathlon Championship race in Yokohama last month. “The hills out here on the bike course are definitely bigger than what we see on the prairies, but I was happy with my performance and excited to build on it next weekend.”
Frenette finished her sprint distance race in 1:14:52 for the bronze medal in the women’s standing category behind American Grace Norman (1:10:30) and Great Britain’s Claire Cashmore (1:12:26).
With a report from Chris Dornan/ Triathlon Canada