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Canadian athletes shine at Para Triathlon World Series

In the recent Para Triathlon World Series held in Yokohama, Japan, Canadian para-athletes won medals and secured a spot at the Para Canoe World Championships. Calgary, Alberta-based Stefan Daniel, Kamylle Frenette of Dieppe, New Brunswick, and Leanne Taylor of Winnipeg, Manitoba each won a silver medal at the event.

Stefan Daniel clocked 56 minutes and 30 seconds in the men’s PTS5 triathlon, covering a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride, and five-kilometre run. At 27, Daniel is a five-time world champion and two-time Paralympic Games medallist. He was born with bilateral radial club hands. American Chris Hammer secured the first spot with 56:25, and Brazil’s Ronan Cordeiro finished third at 56:53.

Leanne Taylor collected her third-ever podium on the Series in the women’s PTWC wheelchair category. The 31-year-old clocked 1:05:01 to edge Brazil’s Jessica Ferreira for the silver. Australia’s Lauren Parker won with a time of 1:03:36.

Kamylle Frenette won the third silver for Canada by clocking a time of 1:06:18 in the women’s P5. Frenette was leading but lost her winning spot as she made a mistake near the end on the last turn which led to Claire Cashmore of Great Britain winning gold with a time of 1:05:44. Gwladys Lemoussu of France stood third at 1:09:41.

Additionally, Brianna Hennessy of Ottawa won a silver medal and Mathieu St-Pierre of Shawinigan, Quebec notched a third Paralympic Games quota spot for Canada this past weekend at the Para Canoe World Championship in Szeged, Hungary.

Source: Canadian Paralympic Committee