Bronze for MacCombe in World Para Series Yokohama

ByEmma Porter |

Three Irish athletes were in action over the weekend at the 2024 World Para Series in Yokohama. 

The MacCombe twins battled it out for the final podium place this weekend, with only seven seconds separating the duo and their guides. While Chloe, and her guide Catherine Sands, secured a bronze medal, Judith, and her guide Eimear Nicholls, will take solace in the fact that despite a mechanical issue with their bike, they were able to produce a strong run and challenge for the final spot on the podium. 

The results see both twins now with the Paris Paralympic Triathlon top 9 qualification. Chloe’s result places her 4th on the current PTVI Paralympic ranking list, having climbed 4 spots. Judith’s result moves her up two places into the top 9. However, the competition for the top 9 remains fierce, with the athletes between 6th and 10th separated by less than 20 ranking points. 

Tom Williamson was also in action in Yokohama in the Men’s PTS5 category, finishing in 6th. Despite a strong swim giving Williamson an early lead, his rivals were able to claw back some time on the bike. Still relatively new to this international level, Williamson put in a quality performance, however was out paced during the run.  

He took to instagram post race and stated that he was “incredibly grateful to have had the opportunity to race at this level. I am also stoked to have been able to compete among the best and to have gained invaluable experience and lessons.”

Both Judith MacCombe and Tom Williamson will now reset their focus for the 2024 World Triathlon Para Cup Samarkand, May 18th, where they will be joined by Donnacha McCarthy, and his guide Sean Husband, who continue their Paralympic points campaign. 

Chloe MacCombe will now switch her focus to the 2024 World Triathlon Para Cup Vigo on the 1st of June.

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