Alexis Hanquinquant is a World Champion Para Triathlon athlete from France.
Alexis had a work accident in 2010, and after several surgeries his leg could not be saved so he underwent a straight transtibial amputation in September 2013.
“A decision I don’t regret at all. This accident was the beginning of a new life. What I experienced then changed me as a man. Today, as a person I am super fulfilled in body and mind”
After his accident, Alexis challenged himself to become a para triathlon champion.
We can confidently say that Alexis achieved this goal as he won the European Championship and World Championship in the PTS4 category in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020.
“There’s no boundary between triathlon and para triathlon. I feel I’m a fully-fledged triathlete. I don't really have a disability, I have a difference.”
This force of mind leads him to beat able-bodied athletes regularly, even in some joint events within the Elite category. A recent example is the Ch’triman race in Gravelines, France, where Alexis finished in second place, ahead of 300 other participants.
What’s your training routine ?
“I train 30 hours a week. This often means two disciplines per day, swimming/cycling or swimming/running. Sometimes I even do all three! In all, it’s about 25 km swimming in the Ile Lacroix pool in Rouen, 400 km cycling, and a little over 50 km running per week if you want to reach this level”
Your biggest challenge in triathlon ?
“Triathlon is three disciplines: swimming followed by cycling followed by running. The fourth “sport” in triathlon is what we call the transitions, in other words the instants when you move from one discipline to another. You have to be as fast as possible.
My aim is for optimum performance, so I’ve also been one of the first people to innovate in these transition points by pedalling with the blade, whereas other athletes wear a specific prosthesis for cycling and another for running. My prosthetist and I designed a pedal with a carbon shell that the blade can clip on to directly, and this saves me a few seconds. So I put it on as soon as I come out of the water as I don’t use any prosthesis for the swimming event, and then I keep it on to the end.”
Follow Alexis' journey !
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2020 - Winner Alhandra ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
2019 - Winner Valencia ETU Paratriathlon European Championships
2019 - Winner ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Lausanne
2019 - 2nd at Tokyo ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
2019 - Winner Groupe Copley World Paratriathlon Series Montreal
2019 - Winner Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series
2019 - Winner Milan ITU World Paratriathlon Series
2018 - Winner ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast
2018 - Winner FRA Paratriathlon National Championships
2018 - Winner Lausanne ITU Paratriathlon World Cup
2021 - Summer Paralympics in Tokyo