Lauren Steadman came through her Paralympics dress rehearsal with flying colours on Saturday.
Sawtry star Steadman led from start to finish to win the Women’s PT4 race at the Paralympics Test Event in Rio.
The race was staged on the course which will be used next summer when the sport of Paratriathlon makes its debut in the Paralympics.
And Steadman admitted it was far from easy. She said: “It was definitely the hardest race yet this season with a lot of tough competitors, including some you don’t race in Europe.
“It was really good to see where I am against them and I’m glad I raced here to feel a lot more prepared for next year.”
Steadman completed the 750m swim, 20.6km cycle and 5km run in a total time of 1.08.46 to come home 59 seconds clear of second-placed finisher Grace Norman of America.
Nathan Tweedie is the new Peterborough Triathlon Club (PACTRAC) Mini-Series champion.
He went head-to-head with his main rival Paul Vernon in the last race of the series at Oundle and took the honours by 16 seconds to chalk up his fifth win from six races.
Runner-up Vernon finished with three wins and two second places.
Tweedie was first out of the water, 35 seconds ahead of Thomas Lane, who was making his debut.
Junior Liam Stokes was the only other competitor to beat five minutes.
Abi Schofield, who had already clinched the ladies crown, was in fourth place, 1:09 down on Tweedie, as she led 10 swimmers out within the next 30 seconds.
Vernon had a slow swim, 20 seconds down on his best this year, as he tried a different tactic of leading a lane, rather than sitting in for a tow.
But Vernon had the fastest bike ride of the night and reduced his deficit on Tweedie from 2:24 to just 28 seconds. The two of them were left to slug it out on the run and although Vernon completed the run section in 19:33, his best for the series, he couldn’t quite catch Tweedie and finished 16 seconds adrift.
Sean Beard finished third after his best run for five years.
Other PACTRAC results:
Cambridge Sprint Triathlon: 26 Ros Goatly 1:21:48 (Age Group 40-44 1st. 4th female); 58 Joanne Annis 1:36:55 (Age Group 45-49 1st); 64 Georgina Jennings 1:39:57 (Age Group 50-75 1st).
PACTRAC junior Jonathan Oakey recorded another first place, this time in the youth race at the Desford Triathlon which forms part of the East Midlands Series. Oakley has now won his age group in the series.
His time of 36:44 gave him a winning margin of 40 seconds.