Ribstein, Steadman, Molina and Rodriguez among winners in Alhandra
Para triathlon World Cup racing finally returned for the first time since Devonport back in February, with Alhandra in Portugal the venue for some of the best in the world to make their long-awaited return to the blue carpet.
The downtown Alhandra venue 25km north of Lisbon saw a 750m swim in the Tagus River, before the three-lap, 20km bike and a straight 5km run along the riverbank to the finish.
It was the men’s PTS5 athletes who got things started, Filipe Marques (POR) delivering the fastest swim only for Yannick Borseaux (FRA) to dominate the bike course, but it was the consistency of Spaniard Jairo Ruiz Lopez that brought home the gold by 30 seconds from Brazil’s Jair Cordeiro.
The visually impaired races saw a Spanish double gold from the familiar faces of Susana Rodriguez B2 and Hector Catala Laparra B2. Rodriguez had Ukrainian Vita Oleksiuk B2 for close company out of the water but pulled away on the bike and run, Meriam Amara B1 of France with bronze. It was another imperious display from Catala, too, untouchable across all three segments to finish ahead of compatriot Jose Luis Garcia Serrano B1 and Antoine Perel B1.
Another Frenchman, Jules Ribstein, took control of the men’s PTS2 to finish more than three minutes clear of teammate Geoffrey Wersy and Spain’s Lionel Morales, Cecile Saboureau with gold in the women’s event. The experienced Spaniard Daniel Molina beat Joaquin Carrasco in the men’s PTS3, Elise Marc winning the women’s race ahead of fellow Frenchwoman Coline Grabinski.
Alexis Hanquinquant was in dominant form in the men’s PTS4 to beat Japan’s Hideki Uda by over four minutes, Jussi Lotvonen of Finland with the bronze. A Spanish one-two in the women’s race saw Marta Frances Gomezfinish ahead of Carmen Gonzalez Sanchez.
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