This weekend, Australia paratriathletes Bill Chaffey and Kate Doughty won the World Paratriathlon Event that took place in Yokohama, Japan. The race was an important training event for both Rio bound athletes to perfect their performance and get in additional experience in high pressure situations.
Doughty’s performance came despite having stomach cramps in the running portion. Good performances in swimming and cycling offset some of those issues to allow her to maintain the lead. With Chaffey having to serve a 20-second penalty after finishing the cycling phase, American Fernando Aranha was unable to capitalize to pull ahead; Chaffey won the event with a 47-second lead. Rio bound Western Australian Brant Garvey also participated in the race. He finished second in the PT2 event, behind Germany’s Stefan Loesler.
Chaffey heads to Rio with an impressive performance record. Last year, he won the Oceania Paratriathlon Championships. He is also a five-time ITU world champion. He earned Australia a qualifying spot based on his performance at the 2015 ITU World Championship. Doughty will be a forced to be reckoned with in Rio, having finished second in the Oceania Paratriathlon Championships, losing the PT4 class to fellow Australian Claire McLean. She came away with a bronze medal at the 2015 ITU World Championship. Garvey also takes an impressive record to Rio, having won his class at the Oceania Paratriathlon Championships.