Cava and MacCombe Both Secure Gold in Swansea

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Both Cassie Cava and Chloe MacCombe, along with her guide for the race Eimear Nicholls, were in winning form this weekend at the 2024 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea.

Cava dominated the PTS3 race from the gun, producing the fastest swim split of the field by over 3 minutes. She held her lead through five laps of a technical bike course before producing a similarly dominant run split to seal her victory over the field by almost 6 minutes.

The result cements her position in the top 5 Women’s PTS3 athletes who will merge with the top 9 Women’s PTS4 athletes for the Paralympic Games in Paris this summer.

Speaking after her performance, Cava said, “We knew that a win here would secure my qualification slot for Paris and this race has been my focus for the last few months. I had a good swim and run, didn’t bike very well but the course was really technical and today wasn’t the day for me to take any risks on the bike, but I’ve got a lot of work to do over the next few months to get stronger on the bike! I’m really pleased with what I’ve done over the last year to get here and am very excited for what the rest of the season holds!”

Chloe MacCombe was in similarly strong form, this weekend guided by Eimear Nicholls who is usually partnered with her sister Judith. The pair posted the fastest bike and run splits of the day to break the tape in the Women’s PTVI category.

The results sees Chloe climb into 3rd place on Paralympic qualification rankings for the Paris Paralympic Games. In the same rankings, Judith MacCombe now drops one place to 8th overall, closely trailed by three athletes all lining up for the 2024 World Triathlon Para Series
Montreal at the end of the month.

On June 29, Montreal will welcome the world’s best para triathletes to Parc Jean-Drapeau for sprint distance competitions. As these competitions are held on the very last day of the Paralympic qualification process, they will be decisive for athletes who have not yet obtained their precious sesame for the Paris 2024 Paralympic Games.

Credit: Triathlon Ireland

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