EDMONTON—Canada’s men’s and women’s triathletes dominated the podium with two gold and two silver medals in the World Cup sprint race of the Edmonton Triathlon Festival, presented by COLD-FX on Sunday.
Recently named first-time Olympian, Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., and Vancouver’s Lauren Groves both captured their first World Cup victories under glorious sunny skies with more than 7,500 Canadian fanscheering them down the finishing stretch. The lone World Cup stop in Canadaalso served as the National Championships for the nation’s elite triathletes.
The 27-year-old Jones, who finished fourth at the Edmonton World Cup one year ago, was solid from start-to-finish on the challenging 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and five-kilometre run coursearound Hawrelak Park. Jones, who will now head to London to represent Canada in his first Olympic Summer Games, clocked a combined time of 57 minutes 33 seconds (57:33).
“Very pleased to get my first World Cup win and my first National title in the same weekend. It is just great,” said Jones. “I came off four weeks of hard training and I didn’t know how I would react. This is a really tough course. I’ve been working on my foot speed. I got out of that transition fast and felt good on the run. I’m very pleased.”
Equally as thrilling as Jones’ victory in the men’s race was 21-year-old Alexander Hinton picking off many of the top names in the sport on the run to climb his way into second spot in his first-ever World Cup race. The lanky native of Kingston, Ont., who trains at the Guelph TrainingCentre, found another gear on the run to secure the silver with a time of 57:36.
“I’m over the moon. I was just out there to get experience today,” beamed Hinton. “I got off the bike and felt great so I had a crack at it. I was thinking top-10, then mid-way through the run I thought I had a top-five. I had some juice left in the last couple of corners so I had a go at the podium and was able to climb from fourth to second. I’m ecstatic.”
Jarrod Shoemaker, of the United States, finished third at 57:41. Former World Champion, Tim Don of Great Britain, was fourth(57:45).
While the men capped off a stellar day for the Canucks, it was a Canadian veteran who has had her share of adversity sincecompeting at the 2008 Olympics who also came through to win her first race and second career medal on the World Cup in the women’s race.
With Bermuda’s top-ranked Flora Duffy controlling the pace through the swim and bike course, the 30-year-old Campbell worked well with the chase pack to catch Duffy on the third of four loops on the bike course to set up the run for gold. Campbell dropped Duffy on the final loop of the run and never looked back, posting a winning time of 1:04:42.
“It is mind boggling that I won today. I have had lots of set backs and this is the first race that I have done in a long time,” said the three-time national champion, Campbell, who has battled through a series of injuries over the last two years. “There is no room for error in a sprint. I ran scared to the line because with all of these young girls in the field you just never know.”
Winnipeg’s 22-year-old Sarah-Anne Brault, who was also named an Olympic alternate this month with Campbell, had a career-bestWorld Cup finish in second spot after posting a time of 1:04:52.
Brault, who captured a bronze in Ishigaki, Japan earlier this year, ran in fourth spot until the final loop where she passedrising Canadian star, Ellen Pennock when the young 19-year-old was forced to serve a 10 second penalty. Brault then hunted down Duffy in the final 300-metres to secure the one-two Canadian finish.
“It was awesome today,” said Brault. “That was a really hard one. I worked hard for it. I really wanted to get on the podium, and especially get a Canadian on top. We did it.”
Flora Duffy, who will compete at the 2012 Games, settled for third spot at 1:04:56. Calgary’s Ellen Pennock wrapped up a successful World Cup debut in fourth at 1:05:24.
Earlier in the day Canada also claimed two medals as the top juniors in the America’s dove into the pond at Hawrelak Park to compete in the PATCO Junior Pan American Championships, presented by COLD-FX.
Winnipeg’s Tyler Mislawchuk won a silver in thejunior men’s race, while Saskatoon’s Gabrielle Edwards claimed third spot in the women’s race.
Mislawchuk clocked a time of 55:38 in the men’s 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and five-kilometre run course. Mexico’s Fabian Villanueva won the men’s race with a time of 55:32, while Eduardo Moreno locked up the bronze at 55:47.
Gabrielle Edwards was solid all day to secure the final spot on the podium in the women’s junior race with a time of 1:03:16. Mexico’s Adrianna Barraza set the time to beat at 1:02:58, and Tamara Gorman, of the United States, ran to the silver with a time of 1:03:02.
Complete results of the PATCO Junior Pan American Championships can be found at http://www.triathlon.org/results/event/2012_edmonton_patco_junior_pan_american_championships/1831/
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Complete ITU World Cup Results (750m Swim, 20km bike, 5km run): www.triathlon.org
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Alta., CAN, 57:33; 2. Alexander Hinton, Kingston, Ont., CAN, 57:36; 3. Jarrod Shoemaker, USA, 57:41; 4. Tim Don, GBR, 57:45; 5. Manuel Huerta, USA, 57:49.
Top-Five Women’s Results:
1. Lauren Campbell, Vancouver, CAN, 1:04:42; 2. Sarah-Anne Brault, Winnipeg, CAN, 1:04:52; 3. Flora Duffy, BER, 1:04:56; 4. Ellen Pennock, Calgary, CAN, 1:05:24; 5. Chantell Widney, Edmonton, CAN, 1:05:31.