Great Britain triumphed at the 2011 ITU Para-Triathlon World Championships in Beijing, China, on Friday (9 September), taking home four gold and nine overall medals.
Three female British para-triathletes were able to retain their world titles from Budapest, Hungary, last year. Jane Egan (1:48:03) won the TRI-1 class, as teammate Elizabeth Mcternan took second, and Faye McClelland won the TRI-4 class (1:16:21) with teammates Clare Cunningham finishing right behind her.
In the TRI-6 class, Charlotte Ellis (1:21:06) fended off teammate Sara Butler by just two minutes to secure the gold.
Great Britain’s Steven Judge (1:18:50) won his first-ever world title in the TRI-3 class just nine years removed from a car accident that crushed both of his legs.
North America spent plenty of time atop the podium, too, as the USA swept the TRI-3 category with Melissa Stockwell grabbing the gold (TIME). Her teammates, Sarah Reinertsen and Scout Bassett, finished second and third, respectively.
Jennifer Hopkins of Canada saw the finish line first in the TRI-2 class, and was followed by the USA’s Beth Price and Canada’s Kim Wedgerfield.
France took home two golds of its own, as Yannick Bourseaux (1:04:58) won the TRI-4 class and Benjamin Landier (1:08:54) won the TRI-5 class.