Colin Wallace claims Para Series silver in Yokohama
Colin Wallace won paratriathlon silver at the Para Series event in Yokohama despite only competing for the first time last July.
By Tom Harle, Sportsbeat
Aberdeen's Colin Wallace won a silver medal at World Triathlon Para Series Yokohama to continue his rapid rise in the sport.
The 38-year-old only took part in his first paratriathlon in July 2022 having represented Great Britain successfully in track cycling.
Wallace took an international medal and a British title from his first year in the sport and showed no signs of slowing down in taking silver in his 2023 season opener.
Wallace, who has multiple sclerosis, reached the podium in the PTS3 category for athletes with significant impairments.
Adapting to the rigours of the swim has been a challenge for Wallace and he covered the 750m Yokohama course in 14m 56s.
He went into the first transition just outside the medal positions with Germany’s Max Gelhaar setting the pace and surging into a near-two minute lead.
Wallace’s customary strength on the bike put him firmly in the medal mix alongside Frenchman Michael Herter and Australia’s Justin Godfrey.
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The Scot used the run to blast past Herter and into second place.
He clocked 21:04 for 4.98km on three laps of the course, a quicker split than Gelhaar and significantly swifter than both Herter and Godfrey.
Wallace crossed the line in 1:10.57, 1:38 ahead of his French rival and exactly three minutes behind classy gold medallist Gelhaar.
This was the most significant result of the Scot’s still young swim, bike, run career.
He has clearly progressed since finishing fourth on debut at the 2022 World Triathlon Championship Finals in Abu Dhabi, with Gelhaar taking third on the day.
There are two more stops to come on the World Triathlon Para Series in 2023.
Next up is Montreal on July 8-9 followed by a landmark home race for Britain's paratriathletes in Swansea on July 15.
World Triathlon Para Series Swansea returns this year for its second edition having debuted in 2022.
The event in South Wales provides Britain’s elite paratriathletes with a home race as they seek to qualify for the Paris Paralympic Games in 2024, and also hosts pathway racing for the top domestic talent in the British Paratri Super Series alongside opportunities for anyone wanting to give paratriathlon a go.
AJ Bell 2023 WTCS Sunderland will host elite individual and mixed relay triathlon on 29-30 July, with opportunities for thousands of amateur participants to give swim, bike, run a go across a range of different distances throughout the weekend. Find out more https://sunderland.triathlon.org/.