Hosts Australia won six of the 10 gold medals on offer as the season-opening Paratriathlon World Cup took place in Devonport today.
Among the home nation’s winners was Nic Beveridge in the men’s PTWC event.
He triumphed in a time of 1 hour 6min 41sec with Germany's Benjamin Lenatz second in 1:08:22 and fellow Australian Robert Peime third in 1:21:14.
There was also success for Australia in the women’s PTWC event with Lauren Parker prevailing in 1:13:37.
Compatriot Emily Tapp, the reigning world champion, finished second in 1:16:33, while Germany's Christiane Reppe came third in 1:17:28.
Australia’s four other victors were Sally Pilbeam in the women’s PTS4, David Bryant in the men’s PTS5, Kate Doughty in the women’s PTS5 and Katie Kelly in the women’s PTVI.
Pilbeam beat New Zealand’s Sharon Dagg to victory, clocking 1:24:03 to her sole challenger’s 1:27:56, while debutant Bryant came out on top in 1:05:44 with Hungary's Péter Boronkay second in 1:06:52 and France's Antoine Besse third in 1:07:04.
Kelly retained her PTVI title from 2018 after her New Zealand rival Shannon Cleave was unable to finish the race following a puncture on the cycling leg, and Doughty won her event in 1:17:41, holding off Hungary’s Petra Lévay, second in 1:23:13, and fellow countrywoman Molly Wallace, third in 1:25:02.
"I always like racing in Devonport and the conditions were perfect for the swim, bike and run," Doughty was reported as saying by The Advocate.
"I was making sure I was remaining calm and it took really good rhythm.
"I am not back at full training capacity and it was great to win here."
Japan’s Kenshiro Nakayama and Yukako Hata were the only athletes represented in the men’s and women’s PTS2 races respectively.
Nakayama posted a time of 1:28:18 and Hata crossed the line in 1:31:46.
Today’s two other victors were Austria's Oliver Dreier in the men’s PTS4 event and France’s Arnaud Grandjean in the men’s PTVI competition.
Dreier’s time of 1:08:03 proved enough to get the better of Australia's Clint Pinkin and Denmark’s Sebastian Jensen, who clocked 1:08:09 and 1:10:06 respectively to complete the podium.
Grandjean tasted success in 1:05:53 with Australia's Jonathan Goerlach second in 1:06:38 and Italy's Federico Sicura third in 1:07:47.