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Posted: August 15, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Triathlon: Paratriathlon provides successful close to first day

Europe's biggest ever Paratriathlon, with over 40 elite performers, brought today's Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU events to a successful close in London's Hyde Park this evening.

France's Yannick Bourseaux won gold in the men's class four event.

"Today was tough. It's the first time I've had to push hard to win. I had to be at my maximum effort right from the start", he said. Bourseaux is no stranger to triathlon, or elite competition: "Before my bike accident I competed at the European Junior Championships in 1995 and came second. I came second at the Para World Championships in skiing last year and I am hoping to go to the Vancouver Paralympics. Triathlon is good training for me."

Britain's Tom Perkins finished second behind Bourseaux and is himself a regular endurance competitor, having raced in the London Marathon twice.

"I do sprint and Olympic distances and in the shorter race you can't afford to slip up. I'm pleased things went well, not so much on the swim but I ran down loads of people and I really worked to catch up.

"It's a great place to do the triathlon and it's great that there were so many people competing today."

Bourseaux was followed closely home by the winner of the class six event for visually impaired competitors, the USA's Aaraon Scheidies.

Faye McClelland won the class four event.

"Overall it was good. I've done triathlons before but this is my first Para-triathlon", she said. "It was nice as I had a lot of friends along the course cheering me on".

Clare Cunningham finished second behind McClelland. Cunningham is a former Paralympic swimmer who represented GB at the 1992 and 1996 Paralympic Games under her maiden name Bishop.

She was pleased with her result as this is her first season in triathlon.

"It was tough out there", she said. "I'm in training for the standard (Olympic) distance for the Gold Coast World Championships, and I found the shorter distance today much harder."

The triathlon at Hyde Park is one of three big events taking place in London over this weekend in Olympic sports. Crystal Palace hosts the modern pentathlon world championships (13-17th) and the O2 Arena hosts a men's basketball international tournament (14-16th). All three have benefited from support through the Events for London team, which is part of the capital's major events strategy to attract, develop and deliver major sporting and cultural events. Events for London is one of the first legacies of the London 2012 and Paralympic Games.

Results

Men's

TRI 1

Sanchez, Oscar USA 00:36.24 
Cooke, David GBR 00:41.43 
Iopez Ordonez, Rafel ESP 00:44.43 

TRI 2
Perkins, Matt USA 00:49.23 
Darby, Grant CAN 00:54.13 

TRI 3 
Smith, James GBR 00:41.46 
Averesch, Sebastian GER 00:42.45 
Baird, Jeremy CAN 00:43.38 

TRI 4 

Bourseaux, Yannick FRA 00:33.08 
Perkins, Tom GBR 00:40.25 
Rodriguez, Juan-Antonio ESP 00:42.05 

TRI 5
Guanter, Yan FRA 00:36.13 
Theberge, JP USA 00:37.30 
Martin, Paul USA 00:38.04 

TRI 6 
Scheidies, Arraon USA 00:33.22 
Ahmad, Hasee GBR 00:38.52 
Dawson, Iain GBR 00:39.10 

Women
 
TRI 1
Darke, Karen GBR 00:48.06 
Downing, Trischa USA 00:55.30 

TRI 2

Reinertsen, Sarah USA 00:59.13 
Bassett, Scout USA 01:14.35 

TRI 4

McClelland, Faye GBR 00:41.38 
Cunningham, Clare GBR 00:42.23 

TRI 6
Butler, Sara GBR 00:44.10 
Mosquera, Ivonne USA 00:50.19 

For start lists, previous results, previous race footage and background biographies visit: www.triathlon.org.

For entry information and other London-specific details visit: www.triathlon-wcs-london.org.

For information about the sport in Britain visit: www.britishtriathlon.org

The Dextro Energy World Championships Series: Venues and Dates
Tongyeong, Korea, 3 May; Madrid, Spain, 31 May; Washington, DC, 21 June; Kitzbuehel, Austria, 12 July; Hamburg, Germany, 26 July; London, Britain, 15 August; Yokohama, Japan, 23 August; Gold Coast, Australia, 13 September.

Upsolut
Upsolut Sports, promoters and organisers of the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship London is headquartered in Hamburg and is the leading organiser of endurance sports events in Germany. Upsolut specialises in the development, hosting and organisation of professional as well as amateur endurance events, i.e. cycling and triathlon. The company organises some of the world's largest events of its kind including the Vattenfall Cyclassics, Skoda Velothon Berlin and the Dextro Energy Triathlon in Hamburg which in total host more than 45,000 participants. For more information visit: www.upsolut.de

ITU
The International Triathlon Union is the world governing body for the Olympic sport of Triathlon and all related MultiSport disciplines: Duathlon, Aquathlon and Winter Triathlon. ITU was founded in 1989 at the first ITU Congress in Avignon, France and has maintained its headquarters in Vancouver, Canada since then. It now has over 120 affiliated National Federations around the world and is the youngest International Federation in the Olympics. Triathlon was awarded Olympic status in 1994. ITU is proudly committed to supporting the development of the sport worldwide through strong relationships with Continental and National Federations, working with its partners to offer a balanced Sport Development programme from grassroots to a high-performance level. For more information, visit: www.triathlon.org.

British Triathlon
British Triathlon is the National Governing Body for Triathlon, Duathlon and Aquathlon in Great Britain, responsible for leading growth and performance of the sport and overarching British matters including relationships with the International Federation, the International Triathlon Union (ITU). Triathlon is a sport that is inclusive, empowering and life changing. A dynamic, attractive and exciting sport from youth to senior and Olympic level. Triathlon also provides opportunities for paratriathletes and age group participation. British Triathlon aims to promote excellence in our sport, and create opportunities for everyone to achieve their personal triathlon challenges. For more information visit: www.britishtriathlon.org.

Visit London
Visit London is the official visitor organisation for London, working in partnership with the Mayor of London, the London Development Agency and the commercial sector. Visit London promotes the UK capital internationally, across Britain and to Londoners targeting leisure and business visitors. Visit London incorporates the Events for London team which is part of the capital's major events strategy to attract, develop and deliver major sporting and cultural events. Events for London is one of the first legacies of the London 2012 and Paralympic Games. For broadcast-standard video of London, please visit: www.thenewsmarket.com

UK Sport
The Dextro Energy Triathlon World Championship London elite races have been part funded by UK Sport's National Lottery-funded World Class Events Programme, which working in partnership with national governing bodies, cities & regions and home country agencies aims to secure elite sporting events of strategic importance that deliver a range of lasting benefits to the UK. These include economic, social and cultural benefits as well as improving sporting performance by home athletes, encouraging participation and leaving a legacy of facilities and development initiatives. For more information, visit: www.uksport.gov.uk.

Marie Curie Cancer Care
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