USA wins second-ever Para Triathlon Mixed Relay to close out racing in Pontevedra

by doug.gray@triathlon.org on 25 Sep, 2023 11:02 • Español
USA wins second-ever Para Triathlon Mixed Relay to close out racing in Pontevedra

After a breathless few days of World Triathlon Championship Finals action in the Galician city of Pontevedra, north west Spain, the Para athletes returned to the blue carpet on Sunday evening for only the sport’s second ever Para Mixed Relay open event.

With a view to the format’s future Paralympic inclusion, the race followed on from a successful debut in Abu Dhabi last November, six nation teams - USA (2), France, Brazil, Australia and Spain - and two world teams that also included athletes from Mexico and Japan all taking to the start line.

Each of the athletes had to complete a 125m swim, 3.5km bike and 780m run (910m for the last leg) before tagging their teammate, the key rules regarding team composition being that the wheelchair athletes had to go out first, and each contain at least one male or female. Watch on-demand coverage of the race on TriathlonLive.tv.

The experienced Italian Giovanni Achenza H1 gave Team World II a strong start with USA’s Kendall Gretsch, Mona Francis (FRA) and Jessica Ferreira (BRA) also flying.

As Owen Cravens B3 powered through his leg to clock the fastest time of the day - the only one to go under 11 minutes - and keep USA II well placed, it was Kyle Coon B1 handing off for USA I to Grace Norman, the new PTS5 World Champion looking to pull clear of compatriot Kelly Elmlinger.

Pierre Antoine-Baele (FRA) and Sam Harding B3 (AUS) put together three good disciplines to keep their teams in the hunt, Japan’s Hideki Uda continuing the good work for Team World I.

The fourth and final legs saw a brilliant comeback from Team Brazil’s Ronan Cordeiro to take the bronze, Alexis Hanquinquant helping Team France to the silver, but it was Team USA newcomer Carson Clough who brought home the gold for Team USA.

Full results are available here.


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Related Event: 2023 World Triathlon Para Championships Pontevedra
22 - 24 Sep, 2023 • event pageall results
Results: PTWC Men
1. Geert Schipper H2 NED 01:00:58
2. Jetze Plat H2 NED 01:01:03
3. Florian Brungraber H2 AUT 01:02:08
4. Giovanni Achenza H1 ITA 01:04:58
5. Howie Sanborn H1 USA 01:07:14
Results: PTS2 Men
1. Jules Ribstein FRA 01:06:00
2. Mohamed Lahna USA 01:06:20
3. Maurits Morsink NED 01:06:46
4. Lionel Morales ESP 01:07:41
5. Geoffrey Wersy FRA 01:09:14
Results: PTS3 Men
1. Daniel Molina ESP 01:06:53
2. Max Gelhaar GER 01:07:38
3. Cedric Denuziere FRA 01:09:40
4. Nico Van Der Burgt NED 01:12:20
5. Justin Godfrey AUS 01:14:42
Results: PTS4 Men
1. Alexis Hanquinquant FRA 00:59:03
2. Pierre-Antoine Baele FRA 00:59:30
3. Antonio Franko CRO 01:00:31
4. Nil Riudavets Victory ESP 01:00:50
5. Carson Clough USA 01:01:32
Results: PTS5 Men
1. Martin Schulz GER 00:56:18
2. Stefan Daniel CAN 00:56:45
3. Chris Hammer USA 00:57:16
4. Bence Mocsari HUN 00:58:38
5. Ronan Cordeiro BRA 00:59:05
Results: PTVI Men
1. Dave Ellis B3 GBR 00:57:37
2. Thibaut Rigaudeau B3 FRA 00:58:42
3. Antoine Perel B1 FRA 00:59:01
4. Owen Cravens B3 USA 00:59:11
5. Héctor Catalá Laparra B2 ESP 00:59:25
Results: PTWC Women
1. Lauren Parker H1 AUS 01:10:38
2. Kendall Gretsch H2 USA 01:11:19
3. Jessica Ferreira H1 BRA 01:13:48
4. Eva María Moral Pedrero H1 ESP 01:14:43
5. Leanne Taylor H1 CAN 01:16:40
Results: PTS2 Women
1. Hailey Danz USA 01:14:38
2. Anu Francis AUS 01:15:01
3. Allysa Seely USA 01:15:48
4. Melissa Stockwell USA 01:20:30
5. Yukako Hata JPN 01:23:57
Results: PTS3 Women
1. Elise Marc FRA 01:13:43
2. Kenia Yesenia Villalobos Vargas MEX 01:25:01
3. Sanne Koopman NED 01:27:28
Results: PTS4 Women
1. Kelly Elmlinger USA 01:10:42
2. Marta Francés Gómez ESP 01:14:00
3. Sally Pilbeam AUS 01:14:51
4. Hannah Moore GBR 01:15:30
5. Emma Meyers USA 01:17:11
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