DANIEL RECLAIMS WORLD GOLD
Stefan Daniel of Calgary battled cold and wet conditions to reclaim his world title in para-triathlon Friday in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The 20-year-old, born with deformities in both hands, finished second to Germany’s Martin Schulz last year after winning in 2015. Daniel’s time in the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5k run Friday was one hour, one minute, 20 seconds. Triathlon made its Paralympic debut in Rio in 2016. Daniel also finished second to Schulz there, but Schulz dropped out of the race Friday on the second lap of the bike. “It was a bit disappointing not to win in Rio and I am happy to have this title back from 2015,” Daniel said. “I trained hard all year. I was really fit and I’m just happy I was able to execute today.” Jessica Tuomela of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., and guide Ellen Pennock of Calgary finished sixth in the women’s visually impaired category.