Hailey Danz reacts after winning the silver medal in the women's PTS2 triathlon at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 on Aug. 28, 2021 in Tokyo.
Paratriathlete Hailey Danz has been just perfect since winning a silver medal last year at the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.
The 31-year-old from Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, added a third consecutive win in a World Triathlon race Saturday at the Para Series stop in Swansea, Wales.
Danz won the women’s PTS2 race in 1 hour, 17 minutes, 34 seconds, defeating Australia’s Anu Francis by nearly four seconds and extending a win streak that began this past November at the world championships.
“It was a great day,” Danz, a two-time Paralympic medalist, said on the World Triathlon’s YouTube webcast. “Always great to race in a new venue.”
Danz’s victory was among four American podium finishes.
Defending Paralympic champ Kendall Gretsch finished second in the women’s PTWC race with a time of 1:11:20. Gretsch, who has also won three Paralympic gold medals as a Nordic skier, has finished second in her last two World Triathlon Para Series races. Australia’s Lauren Parker, who Gretsch outdueled at down the stretch in Tokyo, won in 1:06:38.
Eric McElvenny, a 2020 Paralympian, put on a burst of speed in the final stretch to hold on for a podium finish in the men’s PTS4 race. He placed third for the second straight World Triathlon Para Series race. He finished with a time of 1:02:17, edging Australia’s Jeremy Peacock (1:02.20), as both fell to the ground in exhaustion after crossing the finish line.
In the women’s PTS4 race, Kendra Herber reached her first podium in the World Triathlon Para Series with a third-place finish in 1:18:57. U.S. teammate Kelly Worrell nearly medaled in the same race, finishing fourth with a time of 1:28:11.
Grace Norman, a two-time Paralympic medalist who had been undefeated in five previous races this year, dropped out of the women’s PTS5 race due to a mechanical problem with her bike. Claire Cashmore of Great Britain took the victory.