“1st victory of the season today #HAPPY.”
France’s Yannik Bourseaux showed exactly why he is a two-time world champion, winning the Buffalo City ITU World Paratriathlon event in South Africa on Sunday (1 March); his first race back after major injury.
On a successful day for French athletes, which saw them secure four podium positions, 40-year-old Bourseaux led the way in the men’s PT4 race.
Lying in third after the opening swim, and trailing leader George Peasgood of Great Britain by 2:16, Bourseaux put himself in contention for the win with a superb cycle which put him within 25 seconds of first place.
He then delivered the fastest run of the day to top the podium with an overall time of 1:06.21. Peasgood had to settle for second (1:08.17) whilst Bourseaux’s teammate Yan Guanter (1:10.05) was third.
“1st victory of the season today #HAPPY,” Bourseaux tweeted after victory.
France’s second win of the day came in the men’s PT2 race courtesy of Stephane Bahier (1:16.54). Fastest in both the swim and the cycle, Bahier dropped some time on the run but still comfortably topped the podium ahead of the British duo of Andrew Lewis (1:19.41) and Ryan Taylor (1:20.11).
Italy topped the podium in the men’s PT1 race through Giovanni Achenza (1:12.52). Second after the swim, the Italian was nearly four minutes faster than his rivals in the cycle and cemented victory with the fastest time in the run. Spain’s Jose Vicente Arzo Diago (1:18.56) was second and South Africa’s Anton Swanepoel (1:20.57) third.
Sunday’s other winners included two Spaniards - Eva Maria Moral Pedrero (1:57.55) in the women’s PT1 and Rakel Mateo Uriarte (1:49.50) in the women’s PT2. South Africa’s Dylan Da Silva (1:21.03) won the men’s PT3, Slovenia’s Alen Kobilica (1:12.54) the men’s PT5, and Great Britain’s Rhiannon Henry (1:11.46) secured victory in the women’s PT5.
Thirty nine athletes from 12 countries competed in the season opener. Athletes will now gear up for the next ITU World Paratriathlon event that takes place at Sunshine Coast, Australia on 13 March.
Triathlon will make its debut, alongside canoe, at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games between 7-18 September which will feature 22 sports.