Canada’s Kathy Tremblay and Sarah-Anne Brault Win Gold and Bronze at Triathlon World Cup in Japan

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Canada’s Joanna Brown wins silver medal at ITU Pan American Cup race in Mazatlan

ISHIGAKI, JPN (ISN) – For the first time in nearly two decades of racing, Montreal’s 29-year-old Kathy Tremblay won a World Cup triathlon race, while 22-year-oldnational team rookie, Sarah-Anne Brault of Winnipeg, ran onto her first-ever World Cup podium after claiming the bronze.

Video Courtesy of Send to News/International Triathlon Union 

Coming off her best-ever World Triathlon Series result when she was eighth last week in Sydney, Australia, Tremblay was on a mission the second the 30 athletes dove off the pontoon into the water for the women’s race. Battling to qualify for Canada’s 2012 Olympic Triathlon Team, Tremblay led the1.5-kilometre swim and 40-kilometre bike leg before dropping the field in the 10-kilometre run to post a golden time of 2:05:38.

“I think I’m just going to cry when I realize what happened. I have been racing for 17 years and this has never happened before,” said Tremblay. “This is unbelievable. I felt comfortable the whole way today. I’m so excited and can’t believe it.”

Tremblay has twice been on the World Cup podium in her career. She was third in Mazatlan in 2006, and second in Ishigaki in 2009. But she has largely struggled to find the elite form she is capable of in international races over the last four years since representing Canada at the 2008 Olympic Summer Games.

“I just decided to have fun again and not take it too seriously. It has been working,” said Tremblay. I owe this to my coach and boyfriend. They have been putting their minds together to make me faster. Without them both I wouldn’t be here.”

Tremblay finished 20 seconds ahead of Ireland’s Aileen Morrison who clocked a silver-medal time of 2:05:58.

Canadian triathlon rookie, Sarah-Anne Brault also had the race of her life to claim her first-ever World Cup podium, winning the bronze medal in Japan after posting a time of 2:06:03.

“This feels so awesome. This is really my first World Cup and I didn’t know how this would turn out,” said Brault. “I raced some of these girls before and I felt confident coming in. I’m really happy.”

In the lead pack throughout most of the race, Brault was in a dogfight with Ireland’s Morrison for the last two laps of the three-lap 10-kilometre run. After making a decision to let Morrison go in front to break the wind on the run, Brault could not respond to the pace and was forced to march to third.

“I thought I had her but she is a great athlete and I can’t be too upset about that,” said Brault. “I wish I had it in the end, but that’s okay. It was close enough. I don’t think it could have gone much better.”

Brault has made a statement in Canada’s triathlon circles over the last year that she will be one to watch. The West Virginia University student, who is a 10-kilometre running specialist with the Mountaineers track squad, has won two Continental Cup races. She first captured the nation’s attention last summer when she knocked off Edmonton’s Paula Findlay to win the Canadian Championships.

Edmonton’s Chantell Widney rounded out the Canadian women’s performances in 12h with a time of 2:07:57.

Canada’s Brent McMahon and Kyle Jones continued their quest to secure a spot at the London Olympics this summer while suiting up in the men’s race.

Victoria’s McMahon was the top Canuck in eighth spot after clocking a time of 1:50:36. Kyle Jones, of Oakville, Ont., withdrew after the second transition and did not finish the race.

Race favourite, David Hauss of France, finished on top with a time of 1:50:06. Italy’s Davide Uccellari was second at 1:50:10, while Gonzalo Tellechea, of Argentina, claimed third place with a time of 1:50:19.

Meanwhile, the rising stars in the sport of triathlon also hit the start line for a Pan American Cup race in Mazatlan, Mexico this weekend.

In just her second Olympic distance race ever, Canada’s 20-year-old Joanna Brown ran to the silver medal after clocking a time of 2:09:38 in the women’s 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10-kilomtre run.

A member of the National Development Team, Brown, of Carp, Ont., is one of the most promising young athletes in the Canadian triathloncircles having won a bronze medal at the 2010 World Junior Championships andplaced sixth at last year’s worlds.

Brown finished just over one minute behind the gold medallist, Claudia Rivas of Mexico, who clocked a winning time of 2:08:23. Radka Vodickova, of the Czech Republic was second at 2:10:23.

Two other Canadian women cracked the top-10. Manon Letourneau, of St. Nicolas, Que., had a solid outing in fifth place with a time of 2:10:05, while another rookie on the Canadian development squad, Victoria’s Alison Hooper, was eighth at 2:11:34. Dominika Jamnicky, of Port Hope, Ont., rounded out the Canadian contingent in the women’s race, clocking-in at 2:13:48 for 12th spot.

Calgary’s Jordan Bryden was the top Canuck in the men’s race, finishing 17th at 1:58:55. Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., placed 19th at 2:00:00.

Mexico’s Francisco Serrano was the top man on the day with a time of 1:54:48.

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Complete ITU World Cup Results (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run): www.triathlon.org 

Top-Five Women’s Results:

1. Kathy Tremblay, Montreal, CAN, 2:05:38; 2. Aileen Morrison, IRL, 2:05:58; 3. Sarah-Anne Brault, Winnipeg, CAN, 2:06:03; 4. Gillian Sanders, RSA, 2:06:30; 5. Annamaria Mazzetti, ITA, 2:06:48

Other Canadian Results:

12. Chantell Widney, Edmonton, 2:07:57

Top-Five Men’s Results:

1. David Hauss, FRA, 1:50:06; 2. Davide Uccellari, ITA, 1:50:10; 3. Gonzalo Tellechea, ARG, 1:50:19; 4. Christian Prochnow, GER, 1:50:25; 5. Ivan Ivanov, UKR, 1:50:30.

Canadian Results:

8. Brent McMahon, Victoria, 1:50:36; DNF. KyleJones, Oakville, Ont.

Complete ITU Pan American Cup Results (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run): www.triathlon.org 

Top-Five Women’s Results:

1. Claudia Rivas, MEX, 2:08:23; 2. Joanna Brown, Carp, Ont., CAN, 2:09:38; 3. Radka Vodickova, CZE, 2:10:23; 4. Danne Boterenbrood, NED, 2:10:35; 5. Manon Letourneau, St.Nicolas, Que., 2:10:05

Other Canadian Results:

12. Dominika Jamnicky, Port Hope, Ont., 2:13:48

Top-Five Men’s Results:

1. Francisco Serrano, MEX, 1:54:48; 2. Cesar Saracho, MEX, 1:55:03; 3. Lukas Hollaus, AUT, 1:55:11; 4. Joe Maloy, USA, 1:55:26; 5. Carlos Arcadia, MEX, 1:55:33

Canadian Results:

17. Jordan Bryden, Calgary, 1:58:55; 2. Alexander Hinton, Kingston, Ont., 2:00:00

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