Jonathan Goerlach Secures Bronze on Debut at the Birmingham Games

Posted on July 31, 2022 by

Jonathan (Jono) Goerlach and guide David Mainwaring have secured a bronze medal in the men’s PTVI triathlon at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Fellow Australian teammates Sam Harding and Luke Harvey also enjoyed success across the purpose-built triathlon venue in Sutton, claiming silver and a dual podium for the nation.

England’s Dave Ellis and guide Luke Pollard claimed the gold (57:39) on home soil, crossing the line first after the gruelling 750m swim in Sutton Park, 20km bike and 5km run, much to the delight of buzzing spectators.

39-year-old, Jonathan, a NSW Institute of Sport (NSWIS) scholarship holder, has been racing at the top level since the 2012 world championships, winning his first Para series event on the Gold Coast in 2017, and finishing eighth in last year’s Paralympics alongside Mainwaring.

Today, he capitalised on his first Commonwealth Games experience, with the PTVI (vision impaired) classification making its’ debut in the Birmingham program.

“The Commonwealth Games presents a really unique opportunity as not too many Para sports get the opportunity to compete at a Commonwealth Games and it’s not something I thought I’d get the opportunity to do which is really cool,” said Jonathan.

“This being a major Games, with so many athletes from around the world and athletes from so many different sports and being integrated in that environment with able-bodied athletes.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see what it’s like and to treat each other equally with a Para sport medal the same as an able-bodied medal – they all go on the medal tally.”

The addition of two medals (one silver and one bronze) in the men’s PTVI triathlon further extends Australia’s lead on the official medal standings for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

 

Article by Caitlin Glanville, NSW Institute of Sport

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