Canadian Stefan Daniel won his third World Triathlon Para Series victory in a row in Swansea, Wales today in the men’s PTS5 category, while Jessica Tuomela and her guide, Emma Skaug, took another third-place finish after their bronze-medal performance at the Commonwealth Games last weekend.
“I’m really proud of my effort on what was not an easy course,” Daniel said after crossing the line in 56:55 for the win. “I had a really solid swim that set me up for the rest of the race. I just focused on staying calm and minimizing the gap to the leaders as best I could. The run felt relatively good after such a hard bike so I’m super happy that my run fitness is slowly coming back.”
Great Britain’s George Peasgood took second in 58:13, while Portugal’s Filippe Marques took third in 58:52.
Tuomela third again
After their bronze-medal performance in Birmingham last week, Tuomela and Skaug found themselves in a sprint for second and third, coming just three-seconds behind last weekend’s gold medalists – Katie Crowhurst and her guide Jessica Fullagar.
“Every aspect of the course had its challenges,” Tuomela said. “There was a current in the swim and the bike was one of the most challenging courses we have ever ridden. The sprint finish was awesome. I’ve never had one of those. The crowd was so loud I couldn’t hear Emma. I knew we were sprinting to the finish, but I had no idea where Katie (Crowhurst) was.”
France’s Annouck Curzilla took the win in 1:11:01. Crowhurst and Fullagar got to the line in 1:12:06, just ahead of Tuomela and Skaug (1:12:09).
In the women’s wheelchair category, Leanne Taylor finished fifth.
“This was my first opportunity this year to race against the top women in my class,” said Taylor. “To come fifth in such a competitive field is an accomplishment that I’m happy with. Of course, there is still more work to be done, but this result was the encouragement that I needed to keep pushing.”