Which international athletes should you keep an eye on during the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships on Sunday? Here are five triathletes to look out for.
Stephane Bahier (FRA)
One of the strongest para categories is the PT2 class. The Frenchman Stephan Bahier’s is a double world champion in this class and is looking for his third title. Last year he came close, finishing second to Michele Ferranin last year. The Italian is not present in Rotterdam, providing an outsite chance to Bahier to reclaim his PT2 crown. Bahier is one of the veterans in the field, but he has all potential to keep his younger opponents behind.
Allysa Seely (USA)
Allysa Seely is a celebrity in the United States. The reigning world champion made headlines by posing in the ESPN Body Issue earlier this month. The paratriathlete is one of nineteen famous American athletes showing their body in the magazine. Seely is in the magazine with NBA player Dwane Wade and Olympic beach volleyball player April Ross among others.
Andre Barbieri (BRA)
The story of Andre Barbieri is one of many inspiring stories of participants of the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships. The Brazilian living in California lost his left leg in a snowboard accident in 2010. Six months after his accident Barbieri was already on a surfboard again, determined to continue his athletic lifestyle. This story is told in the documentary What The Sea Gives Me. Barbieri will be followed by a film crew this week in Rotterdam for a new documentary about this inspiring athlete.
Martin Schulz (DUI)
Martin Schulz became European champion Paratriathlon for the fifth time in a row last May. He is the current number 1 on the ITU Paratriathlon Points List and is aiming for his third world title in Rotterdam. The paratriathlete from Leipzig had to settle for silver behind the Canadian Stefan Danie last year at the World Championships in Chicago, due to equipment failure.
Lauren Steadman (GBR)
Lauren Steadman took part in the Paralympic Games in Londen as a swimmer. This summer she will compete in Rio De Janeiro as a triathlete. Both in Rotterdam and Rio she can be considered as the top favourite. Steadman is unbeaten in international competitions since 2014. She became European champion three times and world champion twice since 2014. To complete her record of achievements she wants to win gold in Rio.