U.S. Elite Paratriathletes Win 12 Medals at World Triathlon Para Series Yokohama
by USA Triathlon
YOKOHAMA, Japan — U.S. elite paratriathletes won 12 medals, including three golds, on Saturday at the 2023 World Triathlon Para Series Yokohama, leading all countries.
The U.S. elite trio of Paralympians Hailey Danz (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Melissa Stockwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.) swept the podium in the PTS2 category, with 2022 world champion Danz taking the gold in a time of 1 hour, 13 minutes and 19 seconds on the sprint-distance course.
U.S. elite paratriathletes and competitors raced the 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5k run course on a rainy Saturday morning in Yokohama, Japan. Watch the full race replay on Triathlonlive.tv. The World Triathlon Para Series Yokohama is the second stop of the 2023 Para Series, which next heads to Montreal July 8-9.
Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas) won gold in the women's PTS4 category and Owen Cravens (Chicago, Ill.) won gold in the men's PTVI category, his first medal in a World Triathlon Para Series race. Guided on Saturday by pro triathlete Ben Hoffman (Tucson, Ariz.), Cravens is a member of USA Triathlon's elite development squad, Project Podium, based in Tempe, Arizona. Cravens and three-time Paralympian Chris Hammer (Gilbert, Ariz.) are the first two elite paratriathletes to train with Project Podium.
Silver medalists on Saturday included Stockwell, Howie Sanborn (Denver, Colo.) in men's PTWC, Carson Clough (Charlotte, N.C.) in men's PTS4 and McClain Hermes (Dacula, Ga.), guided by Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.) in women's PTVI. The silver is the first medal for Hermes in a World triathlon Para Series race. She is a two-time Paralympian in swimming who transitioned to triathlon in 2022. Kendall Gretsch (Downer's Grove, Ill.) also earned silver, in women's PTWC, finishing behind Australia's Lauren Parker in a rematch from the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in which Gretsch won the gold.
Bronze medalists in Yokohama included Seely, Mohamed Lahna (Elk Grove, Calif.) in men's PTS2, Eric McElvenny (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in men's PTS4 and Emma Meyers (Pensacola, Fla.) in women's PTS4.
2023 World Triathlon Para Season Schedule
U.S. elite paratriathletes will compete in World Triathlon Para races across the globe, including the 2023 World Triathlon Para Cup Paris, as part of World Triathlon’s Paris Test Event. The races will take place in the same venue that will host the triathlon and paratriathlon competitions during the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
• 2023 World Triathlon Para Cup Besancon – June 17
• 2023 World Triathlon Para Cup A Coruna – July 1
• 2023 World Triathlon Para Series Montreal – July 8-9
• 2023 World Triathlon Para Cup Long Beach – July 15-16
• 2023 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea – July 15
• 2023 World Triathlon Para Cup Paris – Aug. 19 (part of World Triathlon Paris Test Event)
• 2023 World Triathlon Para Championships Pontevedra – Sept. 22-24
• 2023 World Triathlon Para Cup Alhandra – Oct. 7-8
2023 World Triathlon Para Series Yokohama
750m swim, 20k bike, 5k run
1. Jumpei Kimura (JPN), 1:03:13
2. Howie Sanborn (Denver, Colo.), 1:04:44
3. Nic Beveridge (AUS), 1:18:12
1. Lauren Parker (AUS), 1:07:06
2. Kendall Gretsch (Downers Grove, Ill.), 1:08:13
3. Jessica Ferreira (BRA), 1:09:13
1. Geoffrey Wersy (FRA), 1:08:33
2. Stephane Bahier (FRA), 1:08:46
3. Mohamed Lahna (Elk Grove, Calif.), 1:09:52
1. Hailey Danz (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:13:19
2. Melissa Stockwell (Colorado Springs, Colo.), 1:15:13
3. Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), 1:15:36
1. Max Gelhaar (GER), 1:07:57
2. Colin Wallace (GBR), 1:10:57
3. Michael Herter (FRA), 1:11:35
1. Alexis Hanquinquant (FRA), 57:59
2. Carson Clough (Charlotte, N.C.), 1:01:35
3. Eric McElvenny (Pittsburgh, Pa.), 1:01:42
7. Erik Hultquist (Scottsdale, Ariz), 1:04:13
1. Kelly Elmlinger (San Antonio, Texas), 1:09:28
2. Sally Pilbeam (AUS), 1:14:46
3. Emma Meyers (Pensacola, Fla.), 1:16:29
4. Kelly Worrell (Cherry Hill, N.J.), 1:24:37
1. Martin Schulz (GER), 56:52
2. Jack Howell (AUS), 58:17
3. David Bryant (AUS), 58:30
10. Jesus Moreno (Taylor, Mich.), 1:05:02
1. Gwladys Lemoussu (FRA), 1:09:46
2. Cristina Miranda Zambrano (ESP), 1:17:31
3. No finishers
1. Owen Cravens (Chicago, Ill.), guided by Ben Hoffman (Tucson, Ariz.), 58:33
2. Paul Lloveras (FRA), 1:01:40
3. Satoru Yoneoka (JPN), 1:01:54
1. Susana Rodriguez (ESP), 1:03:59
2. McClain Hermes (Dacula, Ga.), guided by Kirsten Sass (McKenzie, Tenn.), 1:10:12
3. Jessica Tuomela (CAN), 1:10:14
4. Deborah Chucoski (Corning, N.Y.), guided by Ericka Hachmeister (Corning, N.Y.), 1:13:05
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