Seely, Norman, Elmlinger Capture Gold Medals at ITU World Paratriathlon Yokohama

By USA Triathlon | May 17, 2019, 11:23 p.m. (ET)

YOKOHAMA, Japan — Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.) continued her year-long ITU World Paratriathlon Series win streak Saturday in Yokohama, Japan, reaching the top of the podium in the women’s PTS2 division. Grace Norman (Cedarville, Ohio) and Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas) also grabbed gold medals, while three additional U.S. athletes earned hardware.

The second stop of the 2019 series featured a 750-meter swim off the Osanbashi pier, followed by a 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run around the streets of downtown Yokohama before finishing at Yamashita Park.

Seely broke the tape with a time of 1 hour, 19 minutes, 38 seconds, using her signature run speed to finish nearly a minute ahead of silver medalist Fran Brown of Great Britain. The win is Seely’s sixth straight on the WPS circuit, dating back to her gold-medal performance here last year. Also competing in the PTS2 division, Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.) finished fifth in 1:24:43.

Norman won the women’s PTS5 division, showing she is back in top form after overcoming injury during the 2018 season. With a race-leading 5k run split of 20:52, Norman crossed the line in 1:07:49. She edged runner-up Claire Cashmore of Great Britain — who finished ahead of Norman in their last meeting at the 2018 ITU Paratriathlon World Championships — by 12 seconds.

Elmlinger’s gold in the women’s PTS4 division marked her first career WPS victory. The up-and-coming star is in only her second season as an elite triathlete, but now has two medals on the WPS circuit after taking silver at the season opener in Milan in April. Elmlinger crossed the line in 1:16:34, sharing the podium with silver medalist Mami Tani of Japan (1:18:43). 

Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah) earned his 10th career ITU World Paratriathlon podium, earning a silver in the men’s PTS5 division. Canada’s Stefan Daniel won the race with a time of 58:54, and Hammer came through about two minutes later in 1:00:56. 

Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.) made a strong WPS season debut, earning a silver medal in the women’s PTWC division with a time of 1:09:33. She was just 32 seconds behind race winner Jade Hall of Great Britain. 

Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.) earned his first career WPS medal with a bronze in the men’s PTVI division. Snyder finished in 1:03:39, more than two minutes faster than his fifth-place showing here last year. Jose Luis García Serrano of Spain took the win in 1:02:16, and Australia’s Jonathan Goerlach grabbed silver in 1:02:49.

Also competing for the U.S. on Saturday were Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), who took fifth in the women’s PTVI division in 1:14:32, and Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was fourth in the men’s PTS2 division in 1:16:11. Armstrong was just 23 seconds off the podium in a career-best WPS performance; his previous top finish on the circuit was sixth in Edmonton in 2017.

The ITU World Paratriathlon Series stops next in Montreal, Québec, on June 28, followed by the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships on Sept. 1 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

2019 ITU World Paratriathlon Yokohama

750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run | Complete Results

PTS2 Women
1. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), 1:19:38
2. Fran Brown (GBR), 1:20:32
3. Liisa Lilja (FIN), 1:22:35
5. Melissa Stockwell (Chicago, Ill.), 1:24:43

PTS2 Men
1. Stephane Bahier (FRA), 1:09:05
2. Vasilii Egorov (RUS), 1:10:11
3. Geoffrey Wersy (FRA), 1:14:48
4. Allan Armstrong (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:16:11

PTS4 Women

1. Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas), 1:16:34
2. Mami Tani (JPN), 1:18:43

PTS5 Women
1. Grace Norman (Cedarville, Ohio), 1:07:49
2. Claire Cashmore (GBR), 1:08:01
3. Gwladys Lemoussu (FRA), 1:10:21

PTS5 Men
1. Stefan Daniel (CAN), 58:54
2. Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah), 1:00:56
3. Alexandr Ialchik (RUS), 1:01:24

PTWC Women
1. Jade Hall (GBR), 1:09:01
2. Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.), 1:09:33
3. Lauren Parker (AUS), 1:09:55

PTVI Women

1. Susana Rodriguez (ESP), 1:09:32
2. Katie Kelly (AUS), 1:11:56
3. Melissa Reid (GBR), 1:13:26
5. Elizabeth Baker (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), 1:14:32

PTVI Men
1. Jose Luis García Serrano (ESP), 1:02:16
2. Jonathan Goerlach (AUS), 1:02:49
3. Brad Snyder (Baltimore, Md.), 1:03:39

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