ISEO, Italy — Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.) and Mark Barr (Houston, Texas) were victorious Saturday in the second stop of the ITU World Paratriathlon Series (WPS) in Iseo, Italy. With those performances, both athletes backed up their gold medals at May's series opener in Yokohama, Japan.
Five U.S. athletes reached the podium in total on Saturday, as Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.), Mohamed Lahna (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.) each collected bronze medals.
The coastal Italian city offered a fast and flat course, as athletes covered a 750-meter swim, 21-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.
The women’s PTS2 division saw Seely, Danz and Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.) — the U.S. trio who swept the podium at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games — on the start list together for the first time since Rio. Seely used a race-leading 5k run split to break the tape with a total time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, 22 seconds. She was exactly two minutes ahead of her closest competitor, silver medalist Fran Brown of Great Britain. Danz rounded out the podium in 1:22:56, while Stockwell took fourth in 1:26:04.
"I am incredibly grateful to be at the top of the podium today," Seely said. "I came into the race with a few very specific goals. I am proud to say I accomplished my swim goal, but fell short on others. I am looking forward to my next block of training heading into WPS Edmonton, where I hope to make it three-for-three in the WPS series."
In the men’s PTS2 division, Barr outran the rest of the field to claim gold with a time of 1:07:28. Great Britain’s Andrew Lewis was just under a minute back from Barr, grabbing the silver in 1:08:22. Lahna crossed the line seven seconds after the Brit to claim bronze, a welcome podium after placing fourth at both the 2017 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships and the 2018 WPS season opener in Yokohama.
Dixon cracked the top-three in the women’s PTVI division, earning her first WPS medal since last July in Edmonton, Canada. Racing with guide Kirsten Sass, Dixon finished with a time of 1:14:45. Great Britain’s Alison Patrick took the win in 1:08:23, and Spain’s Susana Rodriguez was the runner-up in 1:10:06.
Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.) and guide Tommy Brown represented the U.S. in the men’s PTVI division, recording a sixth-place finish in 1:08:31. Dave Ellis of Great Britain was the men’s PTVI champion in 1:01:51, followed by Spain’s Héctor Catalá Laparra in 1:04:53 and Italy’s Maurizio Romeo in 1:05:59.
Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah) narrowly missed the podium for the PTS5 men, taking fourth with a time of 1:02:03. Great Britain’s George Peasgood and Canada’s Stefan Daniel each turned in sub-1-hour performances, earning gold and silver in 59:24 and 59:45, respectively. Taking bronze was Spain’s Jairo Ruiz Lopez in 1:00:35.
Also competing for the U.S. was Omar Bermejo (Casper, Wy.), who placed seventh in the men’s PTS4 division in 1:12:36. Mikhail Kolmakov of Russia was victorious for the PTS4 men in 1:05:17. He was followed in second and third, respectively, by Spain’s Alejandro Sánchez Palomero (1:05:31) and Japan’s Hideki Uda (1:07:19).
U.S. athletes have now hauled in 13 medals overall in the 2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series. The series continues with a stop in Edmonton, Canada, on July 27, followed by the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, on Sept. 15.
2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Iseo-Franciacorta
750m swim, 21k bike, 5k run | Complete Results
1. Lauren Parker (AUS), 1:15:21
2. Wakako Tsuchida (JPN), 1:19:14
3. Margret Ijdema (NED), 1:22:23
1. Jetze Plat (NED), 57:35
2. Geert Schipper (NED), 1:01:47
3. Joseph Townsend (GBR), 1:04:37
1. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), 1:19:22
2. Fran Brown (GBR), 1:21:22
3. Hailey Danz (Wauwatosa, Wis.), 1:22:56
4. Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.), 1:26:04
1. Mark Barr (Houston, Texas), 1:07:28
2. Andrew Lewis (GBR), 1:08:22
3. Mohamed Lahna (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:08:29
1. Elise Marc (FRA), 1:21:58
1. Anna Plotnikova (RUS), 1:18:39
2. Sally Pilbeam (AUS), 1:18:56
3. Hannah Moore (GBR), 1:21:04
1. Mikhail Kolmakov (RUS), 1:05:17
2. Alejandro Sánchez Palomero (ESP), 1:05:31
3. Hideki Uda (JPN), 1:07:19
7. Omar Bermejo (Casper, Wy.), 1:12:36
1. Lauren Steadman (GBR), 1:07:18
2. Claire Cashmore (GBR), 1:12:26
3. Gwladys Lemoussu (FRA), 1:13:11
1. George Peasgood (GBR), 59:24
2. Stefan Daniel (CAN), 59:45
3. Jairo Ruiz Lopez (ESP), 1:00:35
4. Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah), 1:02:03
1. Alison Patrick (GBR), 1:08:23
2. Susana Rodriguez (ESP), 1:10:06
3. Amy Dixon (Encinitas, Calif.), 1:14:45
1. Dave Ellis (GBR), 1:01:51
2. Héctor Catalá Laparra (ESP), 1:04:53
3. Maurizio Romeo (ITA), 1:05:59
6. Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), 1:08:31
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