31 August 2019
Seven medals for GB in Lausanne
Great Britain claimed a sensational seven medals including three golds from the ITU World Paratriathlon Series Grand Final in Lausanne.
Claire Cashmore won her first world title in the PTS5 while fellow Brit and defending world champion Lauren Steadman took home the silver.
Four-time Paralympian Cashmore, 31, came home in 1:12:42 and revelled in a dramatic recovery from a sluggish swim leg.
“World Champion sounds absolutely incredible to me,” said the Manchester-born ace.
“I still can’t quite believe it. My swim was awful and I got blown out the back and to be honest I didn’t think I had it in me and was beating myself up about it.
“On the bike I just kept catching and I managed to catch Lauren. We went out onto the run together the whole way. It came down to the final bit and I got my sprinting legs on and got to the finish.
“My bike has improved so much over the last few years and to be able to get a good bike split was what I wanted today. What better way to do it than at the World Championships and to come here and win is amazing.”
Steadman, who was making only her third international appearance since returning to the sport after seven months away, was delighted to play her part in a British one-two.
Lauren Steadman returned to the sport in June after seven months away
She said: “I over the moon and to have come within seconds of a World title after the year I’ve had is great.
“I’m so proud of Claire too. She’s had a fantastic year and the progression she has made is fantastic. She pushes me all the way and it’s nice to see competitiveness within the class.”
Hannah Moore dominated from start to finish to successfully defend her PTS4 crown while Fran Brown excelled on the bike leg to scoop a maiden PTS2 world title.
Moore was in a league of her own in her triumph and she enjoyed sharing the victory with her family.
“It was really tough out there today,” she said. “The course is brutal to be honest. I hadn’t been feeling great, but I am so happy to have been able to get that win after that is fantastic.
“It’s down to the people around me. For me it’s been great to have the combined start for the three categories. My family is here too and that’s so great that they could see me win.”
Brown secured the final of Britain’s three golds and hailed the inspiration she took from the surroundings as she went on to win.
She said: “It wasn’t an easy race, but I enjoyed it. The support around the course was fantastic and it was brilliant to feel supported.
“It was different course for us but you can’t not be inspired by the location. The swim was great, and it was so nice to swim in the lake.”
There were also strong performances from Melissa Reid and Dave Ellis, who recovered from a mechanical fault during the bike leg, as they both won silver in the PTV1 women’s and men’s races.
In the men’s PTS2 Andy Lewis got off to a flying start and delivered a strong final leg as he won silver.
Picture credit: British Triathlon
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