Chantal Givens Climbs into Eighth at Paralympic Triathlon
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil—
Three Canadians put down a spirited effort as women’s triathlon debuted at the Paralympic Games on Sunday in Rio de Janeiro.
Winnipeg’s Chantal Givens was relentless in her eighth-place finish in the PT4 classification, while two women from the nation’s capital – Christine Robbins and her guide Sasha Boulton – placed 10th in the PT5 division to round out two stellar days of competition for para-triathlon on its official introduction to the Paralympic program.
The 37-year-old Givens came out of the water in 11th spot after a challenging 750-metre swim off the shores of Copacabana Beach. A school teacher by trade, Givens was unable to pick up time on the elite field despite a solid four laps on the 20-kilometre bike along Rio’s famed coastline.
“I felt decent through the whole thing. I was disappointed to get off the bike and realize I didn’t gain anything,” said Givens, who admitted the challenging part of a triathlon for her is the swim. “I got to the (five kilometre) run and I wanted to salvage what I could of the race. I gave it everything I could and overtook three people.”
Givens finished with an eighth-place time of 1:19:13.
“This whole experience was surreal in a sense. I worked very hard to get here and earn my spot. The race itself was almost the icing on the cake for me after all the hard work that I put in. I enjoyed the moment today and every second of what I was doing.”