Parker wins paratriathlon world title


Lauren Parker overthrew great American rival Kendall Gretsch to win her third world wheelchair paratriathlon title in Abu Dhabi.

The 33-year-old Newcastle player showed all her tenacity and unyielding attitude to overcome a mechanical problem on the handcycle and scorching heat.

Gretsch had edged out Parker for Paralympic gold in Tokyo, but Parker got his revenge on Thursday by adding to his world titles won in Lausanne in 2019 and Abu Dhabi last year.

Gretsch (PTWC2) started three minutes 42 seconds behind Parker (PTWC1) and the rest of the peloton and after a great swim Parker lost time on the handcycle (bike stage) when she was forced to s stop with problems with its gears.

Gretsch gradually took the lead, closing the gap to 30 seconds on the final wheelchair lap, but Parker held on to take the win by 15 seconds in 08.43 hours with Brazil’s Jessica Ferreira (1:11.12) taking the lead. bronze. Australia’s Sara Tait was ninth in 1:27.51.

“My gears stopped working on the first lap of the bike so I had to change the batteries…but I got over that…kept pushing and did it…” , Parker said.

“There was no panic, I had a spare battery on the bike so I just swapped it out; it must have drained between warming up and the start of the race and I don’t know. what happened there…I was just glad I had the spare battery – I just had to stay positive and keep pushing.”

Parker admitted she didn’t have the best training preparation, saying: “I just had a few issues with my preparation.

“I did the Kona Ironman five weeks ago and recovered pretty well from that, followed by five weeks of prep for this one, but I was able to do it.”

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