Australian Lauren Parker creates history at Ironman triathlon world championships in Utah
Posted On May 8, 2022
Australian Lauren Parker has made a successful return to the Ironman triathlon world championships with a history-making finish in the handcycle division.
- Parker is the first Australian woman to finish in the handcycle category
- The result was her first Ironman finish as a handcycle competitor
- Parker won silver at last year’s Tokyo Paralympics
The 33-year-old finished the 3.8-kilometre swim, 180km cycle and 42.2km marathon run event at St George, Utah in 14 hours and 47 seconds.
She is the first Australian woman to finish the Ironman world championships in the handcycle category.
Parker, who last year won silver at the Tokyo Paralympics and gold at the world paratriathlon championships, also posted the fastest handcycle time by a woman at the Ironman world championships.
Australian John Maclean was the first triathlete to finish the Ironman world championships as a handcycle entrant in 1995.
“It was a really tough day out, one of the toughest I’ve ever had in my life,” Parker said.
The COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2021 world championships to be delayed and moved from their home of Kona, Hawaii, to St George.
The 2022 championships will return to Kona in October for the first time since 2019.
The result was Parker’s first Ironman finish as a handcycle competitor. She now plans to return to Kona at the October world championships.
Parker’s performance was the Australian highlight at St George as Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt and Swiss Daniela Ryf claimed the elite titles.
Australian Renee Kiley was 14th among the elite women.
Professional cyclist Cameron Wurf finished in 18th place, three weeks after he rode the Paris-Roubaix monument as a domestique in the Ineos Grenadiers team.