Chaffey on top after easy Yokohama win
BILL Chaffey has done it again.
The five-time world champion paratriathlete and Bilambil Heights resident took out first place yet again in Yokohama, Japan, on the weekend.
Chaffey, who has secured a nomination for the Rio Paralympics in September, had a lead of more than six minutes when he crossed the finish line in first place on Saturday.
“It was a comfortable win,” Chaffey said.
“It wasn’t the challenge I was expecting.”
Chaffey had expected to race against his nearest competitors, from The Netherlands and the United States but most of the stronger competition pulled out to compete in another event in Spain.
This was likely to gain much-needed points to secure their places in the Paralympics, Chaffey said.
Chaffey said it was still a great opportunity to race in the lead-up to the Games.
But he didn’t escape unscathed.
“I foolishly was doing some bike maintenance with a Stanley knife two days before the race, which is not advised,” Chaffey said.
He slipped and cut himself, and needed stitches.
“I was worried I’d rip the stitches during the race,” he said.
Having returned home on Sunday, Chaffey has returned to a strict training regime in the lead-up to September and will be prepared for anything.
“You can never write anybody off,” he said.
“You never know what’s going to happen in the race.”
He said his breezy 6min 13s lead at Yokohama was unlikely to be repeated in Rio.
“It certainly won’t be that easy,” he said.
Chaffey thanked the Queensland Academy of Sport for supporting him and helping him to race in Yokohama.