Last Week: Parasports Round-Up
2017 ITU WORLD TRIATHLON GRAND FINAL ROTTERDAM
The Paratriathlon season just about ended with six world crowns for men and another six for women at the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships in Rotterdam. After the debut of the Paratriathlon at Rio in 2016, this was the first World Paratriathlon Series. Of the 160 paratriathletes who took participated in Rotterdam, there were no surprises when it came to the stars of the podium.
Local crowds had much to cheer for in the Men’s PTWC event, as local favourites Jetze Platz and Geert Schipper did not disappoint. They ended their already successful season spectacularly, with 1st place taken by Jetze Platz, winner of the Rio Paralympics gold medal; as well as the 2017 ITU World Paratriathlon race, the 2017 European Championships and the 2016 World title to his credit. Geert Schipper, silver medallist in the inaugural Rio 2016 Paralympic triathlon came in 2nd.
In the Women’s category PTWC , seven athletes took to the stage. Australian Emily Tapp, star of the Edmonton and Gold Coast 2017 World Paratriathlon races, as well as the Magog Paratriathlon World Cup took 1st place.
Pic via Rotterdam Triathlon
More results @ http://wts.triathlon.org/results
BEIJING 2017 WORLD ARCHERY PARA CHAMPIONSHIPS
246 archers from 41 nations competed at the dedicated para sports centre on the outskirts of Beijing, built for the Games in 2008. The 2017 edition of the tournament, the 11th on record, featured all six champions from the Games in Rio.
Notable highlights from the weekend:
Iran, Italy, and Russia all took team gold medals, but the opening compound women’s open team bronze medal match between Russia and Italy was the one to watch! Russia opened with a perfect end of 60 and followed with ends of 56, 56, and 57, breaking the team match world record with 229 points to Italy’s 217. The previous record was 228 – set by the Iranian women in the semifinal two days prior. The world record fell twice in as many days.
The USA’s Jeff Fabry was Comeback King of the weekend – claiming another world title 14 years after his 1st. The veteran archer and London 2012 Paralympic Champion “I won my first gold medal at the worlds 14 years ago,” Fabry said. “To be back here again after all this time has passed, it’s amazing.” Technically, Fabri can’t be called a Comeback King since he has been a constant on the para archery circuit since his first world gold medal in Spain in 2003. He serves as a mentor to Team USA archers.