Canada’s Stefan Daniel wins gold at Para triathlon World Cup in Edmonton

July 31, 2017

EDMONTON – Stefan Daniel overcame a flat tire on the bicycle portion of the race to win the gold medal on Friday July 28, 2017 at a World Cup Para triathlon competition held in the Alberta capital.

Daniel, the Paralympic Games silver medallist in Rio last year, clocked one hour and 00 minutes and four seconds more than five minutes ahead of George Peasgood of Britain. Viana Carlos Rafael of Brazil was third in 1:07:06.

‘’Happy to win at home last night and survive the flat tire,’’ tweeted Daniel after his victory in the PTS5 category.

Peasgood led by 22 seconds over the 20-year-old Canadian after the opening swim portion of the race. But Daniel won the cycling portion by the same amount, despite the flat, setting up the showdown in the run. Daniel, born with bilateral radial club hands, was dominant over the last 10 kilometres to take the gold.

Jon Dukerley of Ottawa, the brother of Paralympic runner Jason Dunkerley, was fourth in the men’s visually impaired race and Jessica Tuomela of Waterloo, Ont., a former national team Para-swimmer, was fourth in the women’s visually impaired race.