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Dutch athlete with his fist in the air

Jetze Plat

Triathlon
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Jetze Plat is an athletic machine whom no other man in the PTWC category has been able to keep up with.

He has gone undefeated in International Triathlon Union (ITU) events since 2016, when he won both the Paralympic and World Championship titles. 

Plat has only competed in three ITU races in 2019 – but also remember he is also a full-time athlete in Para cycling, in which he won the world time trial and road race titles in both 2018 and 2017. Therefore, expect to still see the Dutchman in top form at this year’s Grand Final in Lausanne, Switzerland, and afterward, fly back to his home country to defend his other titles at the 2019 Para Cycling Road World Championships in Emmen. 

He would like to go further and win golds in two different sports at Tokyo 2020.

As for triathlon, Plat looks to replicate his dominating victory from the 2018 World Triathlon Grand Final in Gold Coast, Australia. It came after he won a pair of titles at the 2018 Para Cycling Road Worlds a month earlier.

In 2017, Plat also won three world titles in two different sports. It was not enough for the Dutchman. So he took on the ultimate challenge for every triathlete – the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, USA. He completed the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run course in a time of 8:41:47, securing his fourth world title of 2017.

He competed in road cycling at the London 2012 Paralympics but was disappointed with his fourth place finish in the road race. When it was announced that triathlon would debut at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, Plat turned his focus to the sport which he had been doing since 2009.

In Rio, he took a bronze in the cycling road race, but his historic triathlon gold was when Plat solidified his name among the top Para triathletes. He has remained unbeaten in his category since May 2016, when he won the European Championship title.

Plat was born with a shorter left upper leg and no ligaments in his left knee. In 2008 his lower right leg was amputated.