Allysa Seely, Hailey Danz Finish Two-Three In ITU Paratriathlon World Championships

By Paul D. Bowker | Sept. 01, 2019, 12:33 p.m. (ET)

Aaron Scheidies and guide Ben Collins finish first place in the Male PTV1 division at the USA Paratriathlon National Championships on July 20, 2019 in Long Beach, California. 

 

Paralympic gold medalist Allysa Seely was greeted by Great Britain’s Fran Brown as she crossed the finish line Sunday in the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The two embraced.

And then Seely waited as American teammate Hailey Danz reached the finish line to complete a two-three finish for the U.S. in the women’s PTS2 championship race.

Seely, a three-time world champion who made history by winning a gold medal in paratriathlon’s debut in the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 and dominated PTS2 since then, won a silver medal at the world championships for the second time in three years.

Brown was the first one to beat Seely since 2017. Brown, who finished runner-up to Seely in the 2018 world championship, won the race with a time of 1:24:23. Seely finished 56 seconds later.

Danz, a silver medalist in Rio, was third in the world championships for the second consecutive year.

Seely and Danz were among seven U.S. paratriathletes winning medals.

The paratriathlon course featured a 750-meter swim in Lake Geneva, a 20-kilometer bike event and 5K run.

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Kelly Elmlinger, who has finished first or second in every race this year, won her first world medal with a second-place finish in women’s PTS4. She finished fifth in her world championship debut last year and had a victory in the Tokyo test event in August.

Grace Norman, a two-time Paralympic medalist, won a bronze medal for the second consecutive year in women’s PTS5.

Chris Hammer, a three-time world champion, was back on the podium in men’s PTS5 with a third-place finish.

Aaron Scheidies, a seven-time world champion, captured a bronze medal in men’s PTVI, along with guide Ben Collins.

The world championships also provided a stage for U.S. Paralympians who had reached the Paralympic Games podium in other sports.

Kendall Gretsch, a two-time Paralympic gold medalist in Nordic skiing, won a silver medal in women’s PTWC. She finished second with a time of 1:21:30.

Brad Snyder, a five-time Paralympic gold medalist in swimming, finished sixth in men’s PTVI, competing with guide Colin Riley. Joshua Sweeney, a 2014 Paralympic gold medalist in sled hockey, finished 12th in men’s PTWC.

A pair of U.S. triathletes came close to podium finishes in men’s PTS2. Allan Armstrong finished fourth and Adam Popp was fifth.

Jamie Brown, who had won a silver medal and two bronze medals this year, finished sixth in men’s PTS4.

Elizabeth Baker, with guide Jillian Petersen, nearly made the podium in women’s PTVI, finishing fourth. Amy Dixon, and guide Kirsten Sass, were sixth.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.