The British Triathlon Para Super Series returned at World Triathlon Para Series Swansea, with the best up-and-coming paratriathletes competing in an aquathlon.
In the PTWC category Luke Applegate was first across the line with a time of 00:20:57, in his first Para Super Series event of the season. Darren Williams took home his third podium spot of the year.
A ‘home race’ for Welshman Williams, he was cheered on by his friends and family.
He said: “It was tough out there. I swam well but the chair was a nightmare for me today, my hands kept slipping off but that’s triathlon. I love coming to Swansea though, I am from Cardigan, which is only an hour and a half down the road, so all my family are here today. They don’t go to any races when they are in England so when it’s on my doorstep they can come and support, it’s fantastic.”
In the PTS race Tom Barnard came home ahead of Oliver Scott with just a three-second gap between the two. Jack Green came home in third place. Megan Fergusson was the first across the line in the women’s race ahead of Cheryl Went, with a nine-second gap between them.
Speaking on the tight battle between himself and Barnard, Scott said: “It [close racing at the front] makes it more interesting for the spectators, you don’t want something where someone is five minutes ahead and you’ve just got people chasing. It improves us as well; you can’t take it easy and rest. You’ve got to go full on.
“It’s nice to be back in the Super Series, it’s great to be racing against people with the same interests and in the same para category.”
Speaking about her own race, Fergusson enjoyed the experience and taking part in aquathlon. She said: “It was good, it was my first ever aquathlon as I’m fairly new to triathlon, but I just went with it and gave it my best. It definitely pushed me knowing that Cheryl was chasing me down.”
The final race to enter the water was the PTVI category, where Matthew Thorn finished in first place with a time of 00:22:26 ahead of Nathanial Costigan.
To learn more about the British Triathlon Para Super Series click here.