Walsh and Lazzari Win World Triathlon Gold

Catherine and Fran Finish Line Besancon 2016

Triathlon Ireland's paratriathlon team have claimed another two gold medals at an international event, this time in Bresancon in France.

With qualification for the Rio 2016 Summer Paralympics due to close at the start of next month, the race was the last opportunity for many athletes to improve their positions and get closer to booking a ticket for the plane to Rio.  

But due to heavy rainfall in the region for a number of weeks leading up to the race, the river Doubs developed a dangerously strong flow and race organisers were forced to cancel the swim aspect of each race. Instead competitors raced a 2.5 km run, a 20 km bike, and a 5km run.

Two in a Row for Walsh

In the women's PT5 category, Catherine Walsh made it two wins in a row when she and pilot Fran Meehan claimed victory by 42secs over Joleen Hakker of the Netherlands. Walsh had already won gold at the Strathclyde World Paratriathlon event in Scotland two weeks before but showed few signs of fatigue as she and pilot Fran Meehan crossed the line with a time of 1hr 9mins 8secs.

Results from the Women's PT5 Category

Lazarri makes it a double

Tojo Lazzari was the clear winner of the men's PT3 event, finishing 2mins 35secs ahead of Jaoquin Carrasco of Spain. Bresancon was Lazzari's third international race and followed his 3rd place finish at Strathclyde and his 5th place finish at the European Championships in Lisbon in May. Results from the men's PT3 event here.


Elsewhere, Aidan McGlynn finished 8th in the highly competitive men's PT4 event - just 1min 56secs behind victor Yannick Bourseaux - results here