DANIEL RECLAIMS WORLD GOLD

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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.

Stefan Daniel

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