Alexis Hanquinquant wins triathlon title on Paralympic debut



After missing Rio 2016, Frenchman Alexis Hanquinquant took advantage of his first participation in the Paralympic Games by winning the men’s PTS4 title in Tokyo on Saturday August 28.

The 35-year-old was too late to qualify in time for Rio, where the sport made its debut. But he made sure not to miss Tokyo – but also a Paralympic title. On Saturday he won the first triathlon gold medal offered, spoiling a gold for home favorite Uda Hideki. Spaniard Alejandro Palomero finished the podium.

“It was a very good day for me,” said the Frenchman. “I was hoping to win today and I don’t quite realize it yet. It really is a dream come true. I will never forget today.

“It all came down to my determination, my hard work and all the support from my team and family around me. I’m very grateful.

Jubilant Allysa Seely celebrates her victory with the American queer.

It was a double for the United States in the women’s PTS2, with Allysa Seely edging out Hailey Danz to add to her Rio 2016 gold medal. Italy’s Veronica Plebani took home bronze.

Danz, who led in two of the three events, speaking of his second place, said: “I pretty much executed my swimming strategy that I wanted to do. I just kept in touch.

“My real goal was to create as much gap as possible on the bike course because I know that’s my strength. That’s really what racing is to me.

“I came out with a gap (after the bike) which I thought was going to be enough, but I guess I just didn’t have the racing legs today.”

United States Brad Snyder won gold in the men’s PTVI triathlon competition. “It’s a great time, because you spend so much time visualizing and hoping, preparing for it. Just like in Rio and London (where he won swimming gold), there’s no way you can imagine how nice it is going to be. And it was a really good feeling, “said delighted Snyder, who had been in the swim before.

“To be able to reach that level in a second sport is a really cool feeling. We watched Cool races the other day and there’s this cool scene where John Candy talks about what it means to have a life all about winning.

“My life isn’t about winning. It’s about taking on challenges, taking on challenges, learning new skills, expanding my limits and my abilities. I really felt like I was a bit exhausted in swimming. I don’t think there was much more I could exhaust my swimming skills. “


Susana Rodriguez made history on Saturday after winning Spain’s first Paralympic gold in triathlon on the PTV1.

It was a comeback for Rodriguez, who finished fifth in the sport’s Paralympic debut at Rio 2016.

“In the world of sports, that means everything,” Rodriguez said. “We (guide Sara Loehr) can have really good races, we can win world championships and every race has its own story. But there is nothing quite as big as the Paralympics.”



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