Faye McClelland, of Team Bodyworks XTC, led the way at the recent World Paratriathlon Championships in Hyde Park as she retained her World title for an incredible fourth time.
McClelland was competing over the sprint triathlon distance of 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run in the Women’s T4 category, which includes arm impairment and Paralysis. Up against the best in the world, McClelland’s biggest threat came from fellow GB athletes Lauren Steadman and Clare Cunningham.
They had previously competed in Paralympic swimming and this background showed as they led out the swim with a 2 minute 30second advantage over McClelland.
Faye said, “Although I’m strong on the bike, I was doubtful I could make up this time, but I kept powering away.
“Towards the end of the bike course, I managed to overtake Cunningham and to my surprise noticed Steadman in sight just as I was entering transition.
“It took a couple of kilometres to get into my run stride but I did not let Lauren out of my sight. I managed to finally overtake her, which gave me a massive confidence boost.
“After establishing a lead I crossed the line with pure relief, feeling absolutely thrilled to be able to have retained my World title once again. It was fantastic to have a one-two-three finish by the GB T4 girls.”
McClelland will now look forward to improving again next season and hopes to train full time to pursue her ultimate ambition of competing in the Rio Paralympics in 2016 where triathlon will make its debut in the event.
Follow Bodyworks XTC athletes Michaela Furlong, Adrian Elliott, Christine Bertram and Liz Lumber also competed well at the World Age Group Triathlon Championships in the Standard and Sprint distances.