Hero Joe from Eastbourne takes another medal at World Paratriathlon event

Joe Townsend
Joe Townsend
  • Joe won a silver medal at the ITU World Paratriathlon event in Besançon, France
  • The event was made up of a 900m river swim, 22km bike ride and a 5km run
  • Joe was wounded in 2008 after standing on an anti-tank mine

Wounded ex-serviceman Joe Townsend took home a silver medal at the ITU World Paratriathlon event in Besançon, France, at the weekend (June 7).

By finishing second in his category, former Royal Marine Joe Townsend added another medal and a solid performance ahead of the ITU World Paratriathlon Rio Test event, which takes place on August 1 in Copacabana.

Joe, who is supported by Help for Heroes’ Sports Recovery programme, took to social media to after the race.

He said, “Really pleased with today’s silver in #wpebesancon On my way back!!! #triathlon”

“@H4H_SR thanks guys, was a tough race and really pleased with the result. Thanks for your on-going support as always.”

Joe, 27, was wounded in 2008, after standing on an anti-tank mine which was buried just below ground.

He lost both of his legs in the blast and was immediately flown back to Camp Bastion and then onto Selly Oak Hospital in Birmingham, where he spent five weeks in a critical care ward.

Joe is determined not to let his injury get the better of him and has competed in many endurance races including the Bolton Iron Man, twice, and various other triathlons.

In June 2012, Joe took on the world’s toughest cycling race, RAAM. He pedalled more than 3,000 miles across America with seven other wounded servicemen raising money for Help for Heroes.

The Besançon ITU World Paratriathlon Event was made up of a 900m river swim, 22km bike ride and a five km city run.

Athletes use a recumbent handcycle on the bike course and a racing wheelchair on the run segment.

Joe recorded an impressive time of 01:08:06 in the triathlon race.

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