He completed the course in 59 minutes 22 seconds, 1:12 behind the winner, German Martin Schulz (58:10), who brilliantly defended his Paralympic title won in Rio. Britain’s George Bisgood (58:55) took second place.
Daniel started the race well and came out of the water in third place after the 750m swim portion, behind Peasgood and Schulz.
Then the race portion started 2 minutes 20 seconds behind the leader, a huge delay. Schulz, impressive in the race, overtook Peasgood at the start of the second lap and never got worried again.
Overall, I probably had a much better race than in Rio and came away with a worse result. It just shows that the sport is changing and the athletes are getting better every year.
In June 2021, the 24-year-old Albertan returned to the World Cup circuit by winning the World Cup gold in Spain. It was his first competition in 21 months.
This excellent result portended a better than third-place performance at the Paralympics, and the main interested party was visibly disappointed with his performance in Tokyo.
I’m drained now because I wanted more. But I gave it my all today, so I should be proud.
Daniel’s record since his debut in the sport in 2013 is quite impressive. He has dominated his peers on the international stage, as evidenced by his four world titles (2015, 2017, 2018, 2019) and a silver medal five years ago at the Games in Rio.
He could now add a bronze medal, which he won dearly in the infernal heat of the Japanese capital.
Freenet at the foot of the platform
For women, New Brunswicker Kamylle Frenette ranked fourth, still in the PTS5 category. She finished the race 2:33 from the third step on the podium, held by Britain’s Claire Cashmore.
Athlete Dieppe of the swimming division came out fourth behind Paralympic champion Grace Norman of the United States and Britain’s Lauren Steadman and Claire Cashmore.
She was fourth over four 5km laps before the start of the race portion. A 10-second penalty imposed on Cashmore to exploit the opponent’s tie allowed New Brunswicker to bridge the gap and hope for the podium, but to no avail.
That’s an impressive performance for the semi-athletic 25-year-old, who finished third on the World Cup circuit last June.
Steadman eventually took the gold, while Norman took the silver and Kashmir Bronze.
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