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Patricia Walsh wins fourth US Paratriathlon title

Pam LeBlanc
pleblanc@statesman.com

Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 23, 2014

Congratulations to Austin’s Patricia Walsh, who defended her national title at the 2014 USA Paratriathlon National Championships in Tempe, Arizona.

That makes four national championships for Walsh, who is blind and competes in the PT5 division of the triathlon.

Athletes competing in five sport classes earned national championship titles at the race, which includes a 750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike and 5-kilometer run.

“I’m so excited to be a national champion again,” Walsh said in a press release. “It was a little tricky to come back from the World Championships (in Edmonton) a few weeks ago, but my guide and I recovered. We were a little on the fence about coming, but I’m so glad we did.”

Paratriathlon will make its debut at the Paralympic Summer Games in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

National champions by category

  • Female PT1: Kendall Gretsch (Madison, Wis.), 1:15:57
  • Male PT1: Zach Young (Jackson, Mo.), 1:19:53
  • Female PT2: Sandra Dukat (Denver, Colo.), 1:34:44
  • Male PT2: Mark Barr (Houston, Texas), 1:13:52
  • Female PT3: Allysa Seely (Glendale, Ariz.), 1:50:31
  • Male PT3: Mike Wong (Chicago, Ill.), 1:20:10
  • Female PT4: Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio), 1:17:15
  • Male PT4: Chris Hammer (Salt Lake City, Utah.), 1:05:47
  • Female PT5: Patricia Walsh (Austin, Texas), 1:21:14
  • Male PT5: Aaron Scheidies (Seattle, Wash.), 1:02:00