Two of paratriathlon's biggest stars were honored Wednesday night in Los Angeles at the ESPY Awards, ESPN's annual celebration for all things sports.
Paralympians Allysa Seely and Mark Barr took home the ESPYS for best female and male athletes with a disability, honored for their dominant 2018 seasons.
Seely, who won gold at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, logged a perfect season in 2018 on the ITU Paratriathlon World Series circuit, culminating in a gold medal at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, which marked her third career world title in the women's PTS2 category. Seely's season earned her USA Triathlon's Elite Paratriathlete of the Year honors for 2018.
She has continued that win streak this season with first-place finishes at the first three stops on the circuit in Milan, Italy; Yokohama, Japan and Montreal, Quebec.
Barr also went undefeated in 2018, winning his first-ever world title the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in the men's PTS2 division. Barr’s dominant season earned him USA Triathlon’s Elite Paratriathlete of the Year honors for 2018.
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2️⃣-2️⃣!!! So proud of Allysa Seely and Mark Barr for bringing home a pair of ESPYS tonight! 🏆 🏆 Such a well-deserved recognition for the incredible seasons they both had this past year— going undefeated in the 2018 ITU World Paratriathlon Series on their way to a couple of world titles. Help us congratulate these outstanding and inspiring athletes who represent everything that’s great about the sport of triathlon. 👏👏👏 #ESPYS #Triathlon #Awards #Paratriathlon #BestAthletesWithADisability 📸 Getty Images
Mark Barr and Allysa Seely are your 2019 ESPYS Best Male and Female Athletes with a Disability! ✨ pic.twitter.com/lQ0GHzTMvg— U.S. Paralympics (@USParalympics) July 11, 2019