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Aussies tick the Paralympic Rio box at Penrith

It was a great day for the Australian’s at the 2016 Penrith ITU World Paratriathlon winning six gold medals, two silver, one bronze and topping the medal tally.

Five-time ITU World Champion Bill Chaffey (PT1); 2015 ITU World Championship bronze medallist Kate Doughty (PT4) and 2015 ITU World Championship sixth placegetter Brant Garvey (PT2) all ticked the final box in completing the selection criteria for first round nomination for Rio. Chaffey and Doughty won their categories and Garvey finished second.

The Australian’s stormed the podium with other gold medallists including Justin Godfrey (PT3), Jonathan Goerlach (PT5), Emily Tapp (PT1) and Kerryn Harvey (PT3).

Doughty, former international Para-equestrian star faced one of the toughest fields, but on a day when she needed to just get on the podium, she dominated. After 24 years of trying in other sports to get to the Paralympics she will be nominated for Rio. An even more pleasing result considering her race was not without incident. 

“The swim was rough, we had the biggest wave of 24 and I got pulled under the first 100m. It was a bit of an adjustment trying to find my rhythm and spot".

“I couldn’t get my good arm out of my wetsuit, I dropped my goggle’s and swim cap so couldn’t pick them because my good are was stuck in my wetsuit. All the little minor things happened, so it was a good practice run. 

She was behind out of the swim but in the early stages of the bike she took control.

“Claire (GBR) and I were on the bike and she’s a solid racer, I got in front of her and there was a bit of a headwind but the bike felt awesome, I’m just loving the bike.

“The run today was about sitting in the hurt box and being comfortable staying there and I think I executed that today,” said Doughty.

She continued to move away from the Brit and crossed the line pointing to the sky in memory of her mum who passed away in 2010.

Claire Mclean put in a solid race today to also finish on the podium for a bronze.

In the PT1 class it was an Australian double with Emily Tapp and Sara Tait grabbing gold and silver.

It was another golden day for Kerryn Harvey and Justin Godfrey, although their classification wont be included in Rio, the Australian World Championships medallists, will also be racing as part of their preparation for the ITU World Championships in July. 

Chaffey was the standout in his class dominating with some tough wind conditions to deal with and equipment issues.

“I was pretty confident I would come away with it, it was tough with the wind but I was pretty happy,” said Chaffey.

“I knocked the speedo off my bike so I had to stop and pick it up, they’re expensive!

“I had to podium here to get nomination for selection. I was particularly happy with that especially with Joe Townsend (GBR) coming over, he’s really strong so really happy,” he said.

2015 ITU World Championship sixth placegetter Brant Garvey (PT2) did what he had to finishing on the podium for silver.

Jonathan Goerlach was another winner; despite his PT5 category not a Paralympic category he will turn his attention to the World Championships 

Australia Paralympic coach Corey Bacon was delighted with the team and results.

Awesome day for the team, they performed exceptionally, I couldn’t be happier.

“A few have cemented their spots for Rio. Obviously they will be nominated and put forward to the APC...it’s a good day for Aussie Paratriathlon.

Australian Results

1   Emily Tapp           1:15:32
2. Sarah Tait             1:40:38

1   Kerryn Harvey   1:23:57 

1.   Kate Doughty     1:12:09
3.   Claire McLean 1:15:46

1. Bill Chaffey   58:52
4.   Nic Beveridge     1:08:30
8.   Scot Crowley       1:16:40 

2. Brant Garvey       1:14:07
5. Glen Jarvis           1:19:27 

1. Justin Godfrey   1:10:40

5. Jack Swift             1:04:42
6. Joshua Kassulke       1:04:50
16. Tony Scoleri         1:12:37

1. Jonathan Goerlach 1:03:41 

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