Jéssica Messali, from São Paulo, won the bronze medal at the Paratriathlon World Championship, held in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, this Thursday (24). Competing in the women’s PTWC class, she completed the entire dispute in 1h11min12s, three minutes behind Australian Lauren Parker, who took the gold medal.
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The event, which included a 750m swim, 20km handbike and 5km chair run, had nine athletes. The only Brazilian, Jéssica Messali grew throughout the dispute. She closed the swimming part in sixth place, with 14min28s, but made a quick transition and did very well on the handbike (scored 38min38s), which made her take the third position.
In the last stage, the Brazilian was consistent, scored 14min26s and maintained her position, guaranteeing the bronze medal. This is the second podium in a row for the athlete, who won silver at the World Championship last year. This year, the gold medal went to the Australian Lauren Parker, who finished in 1h08min43s, while the North American Gretsch Kendall won the silver (1h09min08s).
In addition to Jéssica Messali, Brazil was represented by five other athletes at the Paratriathlon World Championship in Abu Dhabi. Ronan Cordeiro, who had also won a medal in the last edition, did not complete the dispute in the PTS5 class, as did his compatriot Carlos Viana. The two athletes followed until the part of the bike, when they abandoned.
Among the Brazilians who completed it, Fernando Aranha was tenth in the men’s PTWC, with a time of 01h11min20s. Jorge Luis Fonseca was in ninth place in the men’s PTS4, clocking 1h07min40s, the same placement as Letícia Freitas (with guide Thaty Porto) in the women’s PTVI, with a time of 1h18min40s.
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