Friday, December 9, 2022

Susana Rodríguez Gacio from Vigo, world champion for the fifth time

Susana Rodríguez Gacio from Vigo, together with her inseparable guide Sara Loehr, proclaimed herself paratriathlon world champion for the fifth time in Abu Dhabi. The Galician athlete, in the PTVI class for the visually impaired, increased her record with this new world title, the fifth of her career, which adds to the three Europeans and the gold at the Tokyo Paralympic Games that already shine in their showcases.

Rodríguez Gacio, with a visual impairment that barely leaves him a trace of vision, went from less to more during the competition and ended up beating the Italian couple led by Francesca Tarantello by 32 seconds.

“I am very happy with the result because it has been a very difficult year”, said the Galician triathlete, who will start the race to Paris next year as the main favorite in her category.

Five medals for the Spanish delegation

Daniel Molina conquered his fourth world championship in the PTS3 class for the physically disabled after finishing first a test in which he had to overcome the Dutchman Nico Van der Burgt in the last sector of the race, who led the last stretch.

In the PTS4 category of moderate disability, the young woman from Madrid andrea miguelez19 years old, got back on to the top of the podium a few months after proclaiming herself European champion. Andrea was born with Arnold Chiari malformation, a condition in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal causing pressure on the cerebellum and brainstem. In that same class she hung the French marten bronzewho led the fourth, the British Megan Richter, by more than three minutes.

Susana Rodríguez Gacio, at the finish line.

The Canary Lionel Moralesin the PTS2 category of athletes with severe physical disabilities who compete standing up, was proclaimed world runner-up just six seconds behind the winner, Frenchman Jules Ribstein. In this way he closes a round year in which he also won bronze in the European Championship in Poland.

The man from Almeria Jairo Ruiz, bronze medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, came to the event after overcoming a long back injury that had been hindering his performance for more than a year. The handicap of little swimming training, something that had already advanced, took its toll on him and finished tenth of the PTS5 class of physical disability.

the valencian Hector Catalatogether with his new guide Carlos Oliver, stayed one step away from the medals in the PTVI class for the visually impaired, finishing fourth to twelve seconds of bronze of the French couple led by Antoine Perel.

the madrilenian eva moral, in the PTWC wheelchair class, experienced her first major international competition after becoming a mother last June. She noticed the lack of training in an atypical season and finished sixth.

the biscayne Rachel Matthew, PTS2 of athletes with severe physical disabilities who compete standing up, was fifthfar from the medals.

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