World Para-triathlon Championships 2012

Cornwall’s Melissa Reid was less than a minute away from being crowned world champion after finishing second in the World Para-Triathlon Championships in New Zealand. However, Melissa, and her guide Alice Nicholas, did secure gold in the World Aquathlon Championships – the biggest race for the athletes career to date.

The British no.1 finished 39 seconds behind winner Susana Rodriguez of Spain. The pair were faster in the run and swim, but it was on the cycling leg that the Spaniards built their lead, finishing in a time of 01:02:41 to Melissa’s 01:03:20.

The swim was reduced from 750m to 300m as the temperature had dropped below 16 degrees. This didin’t help the Great Britain pair as they are by far the fastest swimmers in the world within Para-triathlon.

Melissa and Alice running out of transition to start the bike leg. Credit: British Triathlon /

“I was very happy with second place as this was my first World Championships and I came second to a very good set of athletes. We managed to come out of the harbour’s water first with a 20 second lead on the next competitors and gaining a little more time by having a very good transition. We came off the bike about two minutes behind the Spanish pair, who are the duathlon world champions 2011, 2012 (run/bike/run). We were pulling back on the run and finished around 30 seconds behind. I was very happy with my run as we were gaining on the Spanish pair. This was the first time ever I wished the run was slightly longer.” Melissa Reid.

Melissa and Alice’s latest success reinforces their reputation as one of the world’s most talented para-triathletes, and the Great Britain star remains well on track for the Rio Paralympics in 2016.