RunNSW congratulates founding staff member and Athletics NSW Marketing Manager Katie Kelly who won the PT5 ITU World Paratriathlon Championships Triathlon Overnight.
A summary of Katie’s performance from the official ITU website http://www.triathlon.org/news/article/paratriathlon_crowns_ten_world_champions
Ten paratriathletes were crowned World Champions on the second day of competition at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago. Australia awed the crowds with an impressive three wins, with Bill Chaffey scoring his fifth PT1 World Championship title, while Sally Pilbeam scored her second consecutive PT3 world title and Katie Kelly made her debut on top of the women’s PT5 podium with guide Olympic silver medallist Michelle Jones. USA also prevailed on home soil with a sweep of the podium in the women’s PT2 sport class.
In the women’s field, Australian Katie Kelly along with guide Michellie Jones, claimed their first World Championship title after a come-from-behind victory. The swim and bike legs saw a close battle between Great Britain’s Alison Patrick and Melissa Reid, who interchangeably took the lead. It was after the second transition when Kelly gained on the Brits and was able to brush by them to take the front position. Ultimately the Aussie was able to seize the win. Patrick followed 30 seconds later to take the silver medal. Susana Rodriguez (ESP) also stunned by pulling through on the last lap of the run to overtake Reid and earn the bronze medal.
â€œJust being a part of it all, there’s an amazing bond between the athletes in paratriâ€ Kelley said. â€œIt’s a real honour just being a part of the World Champs, apart from the gold.â€
â€œKatie wasn’t 100%, we weren’t 100% on our fitness, but we wanted to get enough points to get to Rio,â€ Jones said. â€œYou couldn’t ask for a better athletes (in Katie).