17 August 2018

Lewis and Peasgood pick up ITU Paratriathlon World Cup golds

Paralympic champion Andrew Lewis showed his class once again as he picked up a gold medal at the 2018 Lausanne ITU Paratriathlon World Cup in the PTS2 category.

Fellow Rio 2016 Paralympian George Peasgood, who finished seventh in Brazil, was also atop the podium in the PTS5 category out in Switzerland.

Triathlon was added to the Paralympic Games programme for the first time in 2016 with Great Britain winning one gold, two silvers and a bronze medal.

Lewis led the field at the conclusion of the 750m swim section, ten seconds clear of Frenchman Stephane Bahier, but was almost a minute slower on the 20km bike course.

He regained the lead during the final 5km run though to complete the course in 1:12.53 with Bahier coming home in second (1:14.01) and Jules Ribstein third (1:16.27).

Peasgood finished seventh at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games

Meanwhile, Peasgood raced through the initial swim – the only competitor in his category to finish in less than ten minutes – and only saw his lead marginally reduced on the bike.

France’s Yannick Bourseaux continued to put the pressure on Peasgood during the run phase but still finished a minute behind the gold-winning Brit.

Peasgood stopped the clock in 1:04.34 with Bourseaux completing the course in 1:05.35 for silver and Tetsuki Kaji of Japan (1:08.51) completing the podium.

Elsewhere, Britain’s Michael Taylor secured a fifth-place finish in the PTS4 category with a time of 1:15.08 as Alexis Hanquinquant of France took the gold.

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