Peasgood proves too hot for rivals with a World Series para triathlon gold in Italy
PUBLISHED: 10:30 06 July 2018
Saffron Walden’s George Peasgood produced a stunning display to win gold at the latest World Series Para-triathlon race in Iseo, Italy at the weekend.
Held in a stunning setting, on a warm day, the Great Britain team opted for a non-wetsuit race with lake temperatures at 25 degrees.
Not all countries took the same decision, with wheelchair athletes going off first at 5pm, before other categories followed from 6pm onwards.
Peasgood had a great swim in the 750m lap of the lake, exiting the water in first place in 10 minutes 48 seconds.
And after the fastest transition to the bike leg, he headed out on a three-lap 20k ride, which followed an undulating route, and came home in 28.27 to maintain his hold on first place.
Peasgood had another speedy transition into the four-lap 5k run, held in searing heat, and showed plenty of grit and determination as he crossed the line in first place in 59.24 to claim gold, some 21 seconds ahead of Rio Paralympic silver medalist Stefan Daniel of Canada.
It was a hugely successful day for the British squad as they brought home four gold, four silver and two bronze medals, and Peasgood said: “I thought it would be a lot closer leading out the water as Stefan has had some good swims.
“During the bike section I managed to extend my lead as I always thought I’d be hunted down by the quick runners.
“I was expecting to be passed and it all came down to the last lap where I managed, for the first time ever, to hold Stefan and the rest of the field off.
“The race was thrilling to be so close and to execute another great performance even with the heat is such a bonus.”