Today, the elite paratriathletes and triathletes descended onto Hyde Park to determine the winner of the London leg ITU World Triathlon Series. The crowds were absolutely fantastic which rekindled memories of the Olympics and the World Championships last September.
If you’ve read my post about changing my season plan, you will have noticed, that I’ve put Richard Murray (RSA) and Mario Mola (ESP) in contention in the men’s race. And boy did they spoil the Gomez-Brownlee show! It came down to the wire, literally, and it was obvious that neither Gomez nor the Brownlees have the leg speed for Sprint races. What a race though!
The women’s race was a much more predictable affair when it became apparent that Gwen Jorgensen had made the front group. What was a big surprise, was that both Helen Jenkins and Jodie Stimpson had not made it and were in the chase group with a lot of ground to make up. Too much ground in fact. Once on the run, it was the Gwen Jorgensen show. Sarah Groff had a stellar race to make it an American 1-2. Jenkins and Stimpson ploughed their was through the field with strong runs, but couldn’t quite get to the front.
Paratriathlon is extremely exciting and inspiring. If you have never watched a race I highly recommend it. Today’s race was enhanced by the expert commentary of Clare Cunningham, who had swapped her race kit for the microphone. This provided some valuable insights into the challenges the paratriathletes face during the race and ‘how stuff work’s because in places the different categories are quite confusing.
Overall, if you can, go watch one of the World Triathlon Series races if one is at your doorstep. They are highly
entertaining, full of energy and inspiration.