Lauren Parker has ended her 2019 ITU racing season on a high, taking home gold and valuable Tokyo 2020 Qualification Points at the Banyoles Paratriathlon World Cup on Sunday, amongst a flurry of Australian medals.
Backing up her maiden World Championship win in Lausanne, Switzerland last weekend, the NSW Institute of Sport athlete has added yet another gold medal to her collection with a key win in Banyoles.
Putting together another dominant race, Parker established herself a commanding lead early setting a blistering pace through the swim and the bike.
Parker kept her foot on the gas, with her earlier efforts in the swim and bike paying off as she sprinted home to her second consecutive win, while teammate Emily Tapp took a well-deserved silver medal.
Nic Beveridge (NSWIS) also left everything out on the course in the PTWC class, taking home a well-earned bronze in a time of 01:03:38.
After taking an early lead with a strong swim, Beveridge found himself quickly caught by a chasing Alexandre Paviza (FRA) and Jumpei Kimura (JPN), who had set a cracking pace on the bike. With eventual winner Paviza establishing an unrelenting pace on the bike and run, Beveridge continued keep up the chase as he sprinted home to a deserved bronze medal.
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Super happy to get the 🥇in Banyoles and finish off the ITU season with a win. Big thanks to my Coach @danatk08, Brad stepping in as Handler, my awesome supporters on the ground @chris_gardner13, @sarah._gardner and @lmsid, plus the @triaustralia crew for all the fantastic support. Thanks also for all the great support online. All the comments and cheers definitely help push me along when I’m racing. And finally, a huge thanks to my sponsors @bahrainendurance13 @qbeaus and @redenergyau for allowing my to chase my dreams in the sport I love. Back to Newcastle now then get ready for the next adventure to Kona! Pics: @tzaferes / @worldtriathlon
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