Paratriathlete Allysa Seely kept her win incredible year-long streak alive on the ITU World Paratriathlon Series, winning round two in Yokohama, Japan, with a time of 1:19:38.
Seely finished nearly a minute ahead of silver medalist Fran Brown of Great Britain in the PTS2 division to take her sixth straight win, an undefeated streak that dates all the way back to a win here last year at the same venue in Japan. She won the opening round of this year’s series last month in Milan.
The 30-year-old Liv-sponsored athlete is the 2016 Paralympic gold medalist and a force on the international race circuit. She said she had to overcome a mental mistake early in the Yokohama race, when a wave pushed her off course during the 750-meter swim.
“When I realized my error I quickly looked to the pack and I was at the rear with extra water to cover,” Seely explained in a post on her Facebook page. “I gave it my all to get back into the race, burning match after match to make it happen. I fought for every last inch with each stroke and was eventually able to get back into it.”
Once out of the water, Seely hopped on her Liv Avow Advanced Pro bike and went to work on the 20km bike leg. Even though she struggled to find her rhythm, the three-time Paratriathlon World Champion (2015, 2016, 2018) still put in a fast time on the bike (38:10), and powered her way to the gold medal with the fastest time on the 5km run (25:28).
“I am proud that I was able to fight through mistakes and distractions to have a solid race,” Seely said. “I try to put my perfectionism aside and take it for what it was, the good and the bad. I am excited to head home and refocus during this next block of training before hitting the race course again.”
The next big goal for Seely is round three on the ITU World Paratriathlon Series, June 28 in Montreal, Québec, Canada.