Leeds to host Para Series races for first time as Paralympic Qualification period continues

by Doug Gray on 04 Jun, 2021 07:07 • Español
Leeds to host Para Series races for first time as Paralympic Qualification period continues

The World Triathlon Para Series takes to the north-England city of Leeds for the first time on Saturday afternoon, the second racing of the year’s Paralympic Qualification period where the best in the world will continue to pursue the ranking points that could confirm their place on the Tokyo 2020 start line.

Starting with a 750m swim in Waterloo Lake, the bike then takes in three laps of the western portion of Roundhay Park, finishing with a two-lap run around Upper Lake. You can follow all the action from 2pm on Saturday on TriathlonLive.tv.

After yet another first class display in Yokohama, Netherlands’ Jetze Plat looks like setting the pace once again in the men’s PTWC wheelchair category. With a margin of victory of three minutes over fellow Dutchman Geert Schipper, it will take something very special to reign in Plat and become the first man to beat him since September 2015. Italy’s Giovanni Achenza H1 came closest to the pair in Lausanne, while French duo Ahmed Andaloussi (FRA) and Alexandre Paviza H1 will also be pushing for a podium-worthy performance.

The women’s race will see triple World Champion Kendall Gretsch and Spain’s Eva Moral do battle once more, the American so impressive in the water in Yokohama to set up her gold. Margret Ijdma H1 (NED) and Mona Francis H2 (FRA) both start, as does Mexico’s Brenda Osnaya Alvarez H1

In the women’s visually impaired race, Spain’s World Champion Susana Rodriguez B1 returns to the start list for the first time since Alhandra back in October. British duo Alison Peasgood B2 and Melissa Reid B3 will be gunning for strong results and a second Paralympic appearance, both having finished behind Australia’s Katie Kelly at Rio 2016, and Italian Anna Barbaro B1 would love to build on her gold at WPS Devonport in 2020.

Dave Ellis B3 is on course to make his Paralympic debut in Tokyo with the men’s PTVI class included in the programme for the first time, and the Brit is sure to relish a first home World Series race. Spaniards Héctor Catalá Laparra B2 and Jose Luis Garcia Serrano among the biggest threats to Ellis’ golden aspirations along with the 2017 World Champion Antoine Perel (FRA) and US legend Scheidies.

The men’s PTS2 sees Dutch national champion Maurits Morsink, second on his Yokohama debut last month, and USA’s Adam Popp trying to keep the World Champion Jules Ribstein (FRA) in check. The women’s race will see Rio 2016 medallists Hailey Danz (USA) and Melissa Stockwell (USA) and Veronika Gabitova (RTF) vying for the gold with Finland’s Liisa Lilja in pursuit.

With no women’s PTS3, the men’s race will be a straight shootout for the medals between Spain’s Daniel Molina, unbeaten since 2017, and the man hoping to eventually dethrone the World Champion, Netherlands’ newcomer Nico van der Burgt.

Alexis Hanquinquant (FRA) was in flying form in Yokohama and the 2019 World Champion will be looking forward to attacking this new Leeds course on Saturday. Another strong Spanish athlete, Banyoles World Cup winner AlejandroSánchez Palomero, and Australia’s Clint Pickin will be among the eleven men trying to halt his traditional charge over the 5km run. The ever-impressive Kelly Elmlinger (USA), also a winner in Yokohama, is the sole woman on the PTS4 start list.

The women’s PTS5 category is set to deliver another classic showdown between home favourites _and_lauren_steadman_and_rio_2016_champion_grace_norman_of_the_usa._all_three_were_absent_fro_yokohama,_where_france’s_gwladys_lemoussu_was_the_one_to_take_advantage_and_will_be_hoping_for_further_success_this_weekend._with_george_peasgood’>Claire Cashmore and Lauren Steadman and Rio 2016 champion Grace Norman of the USA. All three were absent fro Yokohama, where France’s Gwladys Lemoussu was the one to take advantage and will be hoping for further success this weekend. With George Peasgood and German Paralympic Champion Martin Schulz not starting, USA’s Chris Hammer will hope to capitalise along with Jairo Ruiz Lopez (ESP) and Guenther Matzingerinto (AUT).

You can find the full start lists here.

WTPS Leeds
Saturday 5 June, 3.30pm BST

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05 - 06 Jun, 2021 • event pageall results
Results: PTWC Men
1. Jetze Plat H2 NED 01:01:47
2. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:06:57
3. Florian Brungraber H2 AUT 01:09:20
4. Ahmed Andaloussi H1 FRA 01:12:23
5. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:12:43
Results: PTWC Women
1. Kendall Gretsch H2 USA 01:19:40
2. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:25:32
3. Mona Francis H2 FRA 01:30:20
4. Rita Cuccuru H1 ITA 01:31:15
5. Brenda Osnaya Alvarez H1 MEX 01:31:32
Results: PTS2 Men
1. Jules Ribstein FRA 01:11:44
2. Maurits Morsink NED 01:13:20
3. Adam Popp USA 01:20:26
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Hailey Danz USA 01:22:09
2. Veronica Yoko Plebani ITA 01:24:57
3. Melissa Stockwell USA 01:25:29
4. Liisa Lilja FIN 01:25:50
5. Cécile Saboureau FRA 01:26:54
Results: PTS3 Men
1. Nico Van Der Burgt NED 01:09:50
DNF. Daniel Molina ESP DNF
Results: PTS4 Men
1. Alexis Hanquinquant FRA 01:00:26
2. Michael Taylor GBR 01:05:56
3. Eric McElvenny USA 01:07:03
4. Joe Kurt LUX 01:07:04
5. Clint Pickin AUS 01:07:38
Results: PTS4 Women
1. Kelly Elmlinger USA 01:17:37
Results: PTS5 Men
1. Chris Hammer USA 01:01:44
2. Yannick Bourseaux FRA 01:01:53
3. Jairo Ruiz Lopez ESP 01:02:19
4. Filipe Marques POR 01:02:57
5. Guenther Matzinger AUT 01:03:02
Results: PTS5 Women
1. Lauren Steadman GBR 01:06:04
2. Claire Cashmore GBR 01:06:54
3. Grace Norman USA 01:06:58
4. Gwladys Lemoussu FRA 01:13:30
5. Alisa Kolpakchy UKR 01:16:43
Results: PTVI Men
1. Dave Ellis B3 GBR 01:01:31
2. Héctor Catalá Laparra B2 ESP 01:03:04
3. Thibaut Rigaudeau B2 FRA 01:03:18
4. Arnaud Grandjean B3 FRA 01:03:36
5. Aaron Scheidies B2 USA 01:03:44
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