Allysa Seely clinched gold in the PTS2 triathlon, defending her title from five years ago. Team USA teammate Hailey Danz repeated her silver medal as well, for a 1-2 U.S. finish.

Seely’s first-place finish looked unlikely only eight months ago when the Paralympian landed in the hospital with a life-threatening infection.

“So many people thought it wasn’t possible even eight months ago,” Seely said after the race.

“Five years ago still feels like a fairytale,” she added. “Today, I’m just so grateful.”