Gold rush for British Paratriathlon in Italy

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The World Paratriathlon Series in Italy saw British athletes rack up four gold medals.

George Peasgood, Alison Patrick, Dave Ellis and Lauren Steadman secured the top spots in their respective races, while Andy Lewis, Claire Cashmore and Fran Brown scooped silver and Joe Townsend and Hannah Moore claimed bronze.

George Peasgood dominated the PTS5 category with an incredible time of 00:59:24, 21 seconds ahead of world champion Stefan Daniel of Canada.

World silver medallist Steadman was victorious in the women’s PTS5 at last year’s event in Iseo and backed that result up with a second win in as many years.

Steadman finished five minutes ahead of fellow Briton Cashmore, with France’s Gwladys Lemoussu taking bronze.

Alison Patrick’s gold came in the PTVI where she finished ahead of Spain’s Susana Rodriguez and USA’s Amy Dixon.

Ellis claimed gold in the men’s PTVI as he swept away the rest of the competition to finish more than three minutes ahead of second-placed Hector Catala Laparra, with Italy’s Maurizio Romeo third.

Townsend claimed bronze in the men’s PTWC to keep up the good form that saw him claim Commonwealth gold in the men’s Para-triathlon in April.

The 30-year-old from Eastbourne finished behind Dutch duo Jetze Plat and Geert Schipper.

Lewis claimed silver in the PTS2 as he finished 54 seconds behind USA’s Mark Barr but well ahead of the much-fancied Stephane Bahier of France, who finished sixth.