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Karen Darke

Triathlon

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Karen Darke
Triathlon

Paralympic gold medallist at Rio 2016 and silver medallist at London 2012, Karen is an athlete, adventurer and author. Having hand cycled her way 2,000 miles from Canada to Mexico in 2017, she will take to the start line in Gold Coast where Para-Triathlon makes its debut.

Since being paralysed from the chest down in a climbing accident age 21, the Inverness based athletes has pushed herself in an incredible series of challenges, alongside her sporting endeavours, including crossing Greenland’s ice cap and climbing Mont Blanc, Matterhorn and El Capitan, all using just the power of her arms.

  • Date of Birth 25/07/1971
  • Birth Place Halifax, England
  • Hometown Inverness
  • Lives Inverness
  • Coach Euan Stirling
  • Club Triathlon Inverness
  • Commonwealth Games Representation 2018

Career Highlights

1 st
2017 Iseo-Franciacorta ITU Para-Triathlon World Cup
TRI-1
3 rd
2017 European Championships
TRI-1
1 st
2016 Paralympic Games, Rio
Road Time Trial H1-3
2 nd
2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships
H3 Time Trial
3 rd
2014 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships
H3 Road Race
1 st
2014 European Para-Triathlon Championships
TRI-1
2 nd
2014 London ITU World Para-Triathlon Event
TRI-1
2 nd
2013 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final
TRI-1
2 nd
2012 Paralympic Games, London
Road Time Trial H1-2
4 th
2012 Paralympic Games, London
Road Race
1 st
2012 Para-Triathlon World Championships
TRI-1
2 nd
2011 Sydney Para-Cycling World Cup
H2 Time Trial
2 nd
2011 Sydney Para-Cycling World Cup
H2 Road Race