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Dave Ellis

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Dave suffered a broken bike chain at Tokyo 2020 and the decision was taken to withdraw from the race. In 2013, 2017, and 2018, Dave took both World and European Championship titles. He also claimed silver at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final at Lausanne. Over his career he has recorded myriad gold medals in the PTVI category in both ITU World Cups and ETU European Championships. Dave was also victorious at the GBR Paratriathlon National Championships for four years running (2013, 2014, 2016, 2019).

Dave has less than 10% vision and races with a guide on all three disciplines of the triathlon race. He has a very strong swimming background, having been a member of an elite training group in Derby when he was younger and represented Great Britain in swimming at the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. His best result was sixth place in the 200m Individual Medley.

He also has a very fast run; finding a guide fast enough to match his 5km speed became even more of a challenge after he focused primarily on track running between 2015 and 2016.

The following year he recorded several podium finishes including gold at both the Iseo - Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Event and the GBR Paratriathlon National Championships. However, in 2015 he learned that his visually impaired classification (PTVI) would be omitted from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and he decided to focus on running.

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