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Triathlon: Peasgood strikes gold in Japan

PUBLISHED: 17:30 16 May 2018

Walden Tri’s George Peasgood won gold at the World Para Triathlon event in Yokohama, Japan on Saturday.

Just days after winning silver at the UCI Paracycling road time trial World Cup in Belgium, Peasgood tackled a 750 metre swim in the harbour, a 20k multi-lap bike ride and three-lap 5k run.

More than 80 athletes took part in 12 classes and Peasgood was first out of the water in nine minutes 40 seconds, two minutes clear of his nearest rival.

After a quick transition, he held his lead on the bike leg (29.32) and worked hard on the run to finish first in 1:00.12.

The GB team came home with three gold, one silver and three bronze overall and head coach Jonathon Riall said: “It’s been a super start to the season, with some real steps forward for the team. It’s been a winter full of effort, change and challenge, which seems to have helped move things forward.”

The next major paratriathlon event is the ITU Paratriathlon World Cup race at Eton Dorney on May 28.

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