It’s hard for anyone to have to give up a race, let alone a mechanical failure that is completely beyond your control. To make matters worse, triathlete Dave Ellis had waited 13 years for this moment.
The three-time world champion started as a swimmer at the Paralympics for the first time in 2008 and switched to triathlon after failing to qualify for London in 2012 – but did not miss Rio because of the games represented visually impaired evaluation. After all, Tokyo was the time for the 35-year-old to get back on the big stage, but a mechanical problem with his and Luke Pollard’s bikes during the cycling section of their race drowned those hopes.
Mike Cavendish, Performance Director British Triathlon said after the race that he suspected Ellis’ medal hopes would be hampered by the timing chain detaching from her tandem bike.
“By the time they got it fixed and sorted, they were already out of it Race, ”said Cavendish. “So they made the decision a long, long time ago to break up. To be honest, they should have buried themselves to get anywhere. A mechanical (problem) like this pretty much ends your race.
“You flew, no doubt you would have been a challenge for gold. You were unlucky. You couldn’t compete in Rio because the score wasn’t there, so I really feel sorry for him. “
It was a devastating ending for the couple, on a difficult opening morning for the UK Paralympics triathlon team with Fran Brown and Alison Peasgood just outside the medals in fourth place The visually impaired Rio silver medalist Peasgood, 33, had followed the third-placed athlete continuously throughout the run, and she and her guide Nikki Bartlett gave absolutely everything in a sprint finish. But they remained excruciatingly close, landing two hundredths of a second behind the French bronze medalists.
Peasgood collapsed over the line as morning temperatures climbed over 30 degrees Celsius, and after attributing his strong finish to Bartlett
” I didn’t [think we could catch up], she believed on the last lap, “said Peasgood. “I literally didn’t see her until the finish line so it was hard to believe.”
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The Briton Dave Ellis and his guide Luke Pollard
She also revealed that she was on crutches just three weeks ago and that there were great doubts about her participation even last week. It contributed to a number of setbacks she had faced since 2019 when liver virus and pericarditis (inflammation of the lining of the heart) prevented her from exercising.
“Of course it was a long journey. I was very sick in 2019, had a nasty camber at the end of 2020 and it felt like setback after setback. Then we were finally back on track and three weeks ago I injured my back. I was on crutches in the holding camp and would not have thought it possible. Until last week we thought we could fly back. So being here and actually being competitive is something very special. “
Team-mate Mel Reid and guide Hazel Macleod finished seventh in the same race. Michael Taylor finished eighth in PTS4.
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