Paralympic champions pave the best way for Paris at Yokohama Para Collection

After kicking off the Para season on the WTPS Devonport and the Abu Dhabi Para Cup again in March, the perfect Para triathletes of the world headed to Japan for the Yokohama Para Collection, that begins with a 750m harbour swim, transitions right into a 20km bike by means of the town streets, with its tight turns across the Kanagawa authorities constructing and iconic ferris wheel earlier than three 1.6km run laps for all however the PTWC athletes, who tackled a single 5km lap to the end. And on one other wet day in Yokohama, many of the favourites delivered, producing excellent races that gave the likes of Alexis Hanquinquant, Susana Rodriguez, Martin Schulz or Lauren Parker, amongst different, one other gold medal to their very own tally.


Germany’s Paralympic champion Martin Schulz was the primary one crossing the end line this morning in Yokohama, on a race that he dominated from the start til the tip. The German was unbeatable and confirmed a comparatively younger discipline on his class that he might be one to beat as soon as once more within the subsequent Paralympic Video games in Paris. Australia’s younger expertise Jack Howell managed to carry off his teammate David Bryan to seize the silver medal, identical that he bought in Devonport a few months in the past, whereas Bryan crossed the end line in third place.


The PTS5 ladies’s race had one of many smaller fields of the day, however nonetheless Gwladys Lemoussu (FRA) put up a unbelievable effort to cross the end line in first place, adopted by newcomer Spaniard Cristina Miranda Zambrano.


If anybody has to call a para athlete that’s dominating his class for the final years, that one might be Alexis Hanquinquant. The French famous person has not misplaced a single race sin 2019, and is ensuring that every little thing is prepared for what may very well be his second Paralympic gold, this time on dwelling soil, come 2024. He crossed the end line with the largest margin of the day, three and a half minutes over Carson Clough (USA), who had a promising debut in one of many hardest lessons. The bronze medal was additionally for Staff USA, Eric Mcelvenny, who managed to complete forward of the Tokyo 2020 paralympic silver and bronce meallists.

On the Ladies’s aspect, Kelly Elmlinger introduced dwelling one other gold medal for Staff USA, whereas Sally Pilbeam (AUS) crossed the end line in second place, greater than 5 minutes behind the winner. Emma Meyers (USA) took the final spot on the rostrum for the PTS4 class.


On the Males’s PTS3 class, one of many new additions to the Paralympic programme for Paris 2024, victory was for one more German, Max Gelhaar, who produce an unbelievable swim to get away with the gold medal in Yokohama. Behind him, second to cross the end line was GBR’s Colin Wallace, whereas Michael Herter (FRA) completed within the third place.


On the PTS2 males’s class, Geoffrey Wersy (FRA) managed to seize the gold medal after a gradual swim, however his bike and run splits had been sufficient to cross his teammate Stephane Bahier simply earlier than crossing the end line, whereas USA’s Mohammed Lahna completed within the third place.

On the ladies’s race, USA produced an impressive podium sweep, with Haley Danz ending on prime of the rostrum, adopted by Melissa Stockwell and Allisa Seely.


Historic win for Jumpei Kimura at dwelling, cheered by tons of of spectators in Yokohama, thrilled to see their native hero stepping up his sport to assert a gold medal. Howie Sanborn (USA) produced one other robust efficiency to assert the silver medal, whereas Nic Beveridge (AUS) completed within the third place.

On the ladies’s class, Australia’s Lauren Parker redeemed herself after loosing the gold medal on a dash end on the Tokyo Paralympics with Kendall Gretsch (USA), and this time the younger Aussie completed over a minute forward of the American, battle able to proceed on the lead as much as the Paris Video games. Behind the robust due, the bronze medal was for Jessica Ferreira (BRA).

Owen Cravens (USA), solely 20 years outdated, bought in Yokohama the primary gold on the Para Collection of his profession, grabbing the tape forward of two rather more skilled {couples} of Visually Impaired athletes: Paul Lloveras (FRA) and Satoru Yonoeka (JPN).

On the ladies’s class, one other strong efficiency of Paralympic champion Susana Rodriguez added one other gold medal to her tally, crossing the end line greater than six minutes of a distinction with Mcclain Hermes (USA), in second place. The bronze medal was for Jessica Toumela (CAN).