Men's Paratriathlon kicks off sport's debut at Paralympics

The men’s paratriathlon Paralympic races kick off a cornerstone moment for triathlon as they will be the first paratriathletes to ever race for Paralympic medals on September 10.

| September 9, 2016 | NEWS

Stefan Daniel | 2015 Paratriathlon world champion Stefan Daniel competes at the 2016 Montreal World Cup as he prepares for the Rio Paratriathlon.

2015 Paratriathlon world champion Stefan Daniel competes at the 2016 Montreal World Cup as he prepares for the Rio Paratriathlon.

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Chocked full of speed & determination, the men’s PT1, PT2 and PT4 sport classes will take to Copacabana with PT4 going off at 10am, followed by PT2 three minutes later and PT1 at 11:20am BRT on Saturday.

The men will swim 750m starting at Copacabana Beach, then bike or handcycle 20km followed by a 5km run or wheel chair along Atlantic Avenue. Click here for the course.

However, a string of men are pounding at Chaffey’s door for that gold medal including Jetze Plat (NED), Geert Schipper (NED), and Krige Schabort (USA). Plat recently won the World Championships, using his signature strong swim and handbike skills to propel him ahead of the competition, at which Chaffey was missing. He’s also the only man racing in Rio that has beaten Chaffey.

However, Ferrarin, the 2015 World Champ, was missing from both this year’s World Championships and the Test Event. The Italian has the opening speed to challenge Lewis, but it remains to be seen if he can keep pace on the run. Like Ferrarin, Barr and Bahier are usually some of the first men out of the water, which could bode well for them, as the wavy beach start could slow the rest of the field down, making way for the men to break away.

While Taylor doesn’t excel at the swim like his competitors, he’s been known to run through the field on the final 5km run. A relatively new athlete from Spain, Lionel Morales, has shown he can also be a strong contender.

Expect Schulz to come out of the water first, at which point he’ll need to keep an eye out for the quickly approaching young Canadian. Daniel won the World Championship race last year, which secured his spot in Rio, and consistently finishes second to Schulz.

Bourseaux, who has competed at two Winter Paralympic Games, brings more than ten years of experience in paratriathlon to Rio. A former World Champion, Bourseaux has kept pace with the younger athletes with a very strong bike portion of the race. 

Jairo Ruiz Lopez (ESP), José Abraham Estrada Sierran (MEX) and George Peasgood (GBR) will also add pressure on the field.