Two-minute ticker: Paralympics, Challenge Almere, Ironman Wisconsin and more

TriathlonWorld.com reports on weekend action from the Paratriathlon at the Paralympics along with Challenge events in the Netherlands and Vietnam and Ironman events in Germany, the UK and USA.

| September 12, 2016 | NEWS

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First-ever Paratriathlon Paralympic Champions crowned

The first Paratriathlon Paralympic champions were crowned in Rio on Saturday.Martin Schulz (GER) in PT4, Andrew Lewis (GBR) in PT2 and Jetze Plat (NED) in PT1 carved their names in the history books as the inaugural paratriathlon gold medallists at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games.

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Women's Paratriathlon

In the women’s paratriathlon debut at the Paralympics, Grace Norman (USA) in PT4, Allysa Seely (USA) in PT2 and Katie Kelly (AUS) in PT5 were crowned the first women’s Paralympic Champions. 

Over the two days of races, a total of 10 different nations were represented in 19 possible podium positions, with five of the six gold medals going to different countries.

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Event: Challenge Almere

Jan Raphael was one of a three-man lead group out of the water and that would be as close as the race would be for the next 180 km on the bike and 42 km of the run. With more than a ten-minute lead heading into T2, Raphael put in a solid run to handily claim the win over Dirk Wijnalda and Marek Jaskolka.

Camille Deligny overcame an average swim with the day's fastest bike to lead the women’s field into transition. The race leader had to hold off some late challenges on the run, but Deligny came out on top winning by 2:44 over Mirjam Weerd.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Jan Raphael

DEU

8:03:43

2

Dirk Wijnalda

NED

8:14:48

3

Marek Jaskolka

POL

8:23:48

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Camille Deligny

FRA

9:18:15

2

Mirjam Weerd

NED

9:20:59

3

Simona Krivankova

CZE

9:24:48

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Liz Lyles Ironman Wisconsin 2016 | Liz Lyles powers her way to the win at the pro women only race at the 2016 Ironman Wisconsin.

Liz Lyles powers her way to the win at the pro women only race at the 2016 Ironman Wisconsin.

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Event: Ironman Wisconsin - Women's Pro Race

Liz Lyles had to overcome a seven-and-a-half-minute deficit after the swim, but came off the bike in third, just under five minutes down. Lyles ran her way into the lead by five miles and would never look back. The American went on to capture her second win of the year and fourth Ironman title of her career.  

Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Lyles, Liz

USA

9:33:47

2

Miller, Leslie

USA

9:43:39

3

Thomas, Katie

USA

9:49:27

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Ruegen

Dreitz and Hector make it look easy in Ruegen

Andreas Dreitz and Johann Ackermann formed an allegiance early on the bike and pulled away from the field. The lead pair came into transition with four minutes on the field and headed out on the run to settle the race. The outcome was determined decisively at four km when Dreitz surged and Ackemann could not respond. Dreitz ran to his fourth Ironman 70.3 win of the season.

In the women’s race, Alice Hector led from start to finish. The Brit recorded the fastest swim and run of the day and was never under any real threat from behind for the entire race.

Andreas Dreitz Ironman 70.3 Ruegen | Andreas Dreitz claims his fourth hald distance win at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Ruegen.

Andreas Dreitz claims his fourth hald distance win at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Ruegen.

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Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Dreitz, Andreas

DEU

3:43:54

2

Ackermann, Johann

DEU

3:48:50

3

Dirksmeier, Patrick

DEU

3:50:32

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Women's Podium

Place

Nmae

Country

Time

1

Hector, Alice

GBR

4:18:50

2

Saemmler, Daniela

DEU

4:25:09

3

Halasz, Anna

HUN

4:29:28

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Weymouth

Wiltshire and Pallant run for the wins

The story of the race was Harry Wiltshire's winning performance. Fresh off his Ironman Vichy win two weeks ago it was doubtful he could have the top end speed needed for success at the half distance, but Wiltshire put that theory to rest as he laid down amongst the fastest swim, bike and run efforts on the day to grab the win at home.

In the women’s race Emma Pallant headed to the front of the race early on the bike and never looked back. Pallant recorded her first Ironman 70.3 win by over four minutes on Natalie Seymour.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Weiss, Michael

AUT

3:50:25

2

Chevrot, Denis

FRA

3:53:17

3

Hoffman, Ben

USA

3:53:18

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Pallant, Emma

GBR

4:40:16

2

Seymour, Natalie

GBR

4:44:49

3

Drewett, Hannah

GBR

5:01:11

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Event: Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz

Weiss makes impressive move on the bike

In the men’s-only pro race at Ironman 70.3 Santa Cruz, Michael Weiss was a monster on the bike as he eliminated all of the four-minute deficit he had at the conclusion of the swim, turning that into a three-minute advantage on his main rivals off the bike.

Behind him it was a wild affair on the run as seven men entered T2 together and headed out of transition. With four miles left of the run, the group of seven was diminished to five, fighting for the remaining spots on the podium as Weiss remained three minutes ahead. Weiss would win handily, but only one second separate Denis Chevrot and Ben Hoffman for the last two spots on the podium.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Wiltshire, Harry

GBR

4:10:41

2

Hayes, Stuart

GBR

4:11:43

3

Jarrige, Yvan

FRA

4:12:12

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Event: Challenge Vietnam

Robbins and Flemming take the wins

Mitch Robbins took the win on the strength of a race-best run that saw him edge out Livi Maxwell by just 34 seconds. In the women’s race there was no match for Jessica Fleming’s bike speed as she took the lead early in the bike. Julia Grant made things somewhat interesting as she narrowed the gap on the run, however Fleming persevered and went on to record the win.

Men's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Robins, Mitch

AUS

4:04:44

2

Maxwell, Levi

AUS

4:05:20

3

Forero, Carlos

COL

4:11:48

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Women's Podium

Place

Name

Country

Time

1

Flemming, Jessica

AUS

4:42:44

2

Grant, Julia

NZL

4:45:09

3

Duffield, Michelle

AUS

4:51:40

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