October 7, 2012, CANCUN, Mex—Two-time Olympian, Kathy Tremblay, came up short of the podium in her final race of the 2012 season, finishing fourth at a Triathlon World Cup in Cancun, Mexico on Sunday.
The 30-year-old Tremblay clocked a fourth-placetime of 1:00:59 in the sprint race, which consisted of a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike ride and 5-kilometre run.
“I am very happy because at the end of the day you want to give all that you have and I can say yes that I did today,” said the Montreal native. “I tried a couple of times to surge on the run, but it wasn’t enough. It is too bad I lost the sprint finish, but I gave everything I hadtoday.”
Katie Hewison, of Great Britain, finished on top with a time of 1:00:19, while Kaitlin Shiver, of the United States, settled for the silver at 1:00:54. Austria’s Lisa Perterer edged out Tremblay for third with a time of 1:00:56.
Tremblay, who captured the first World Cup victory of her career earlier this year in Ishigaki, Japan, was making her first start since a difficult outing in her second Olympics where she crashed on the bike course in London earlier this summer.
“This is my final race of the year so I am really happy with today,” added Tremblay. “It is time for a holiday and a bit of a break now after the Games. I’ll enjoy this time and then think about getting ready for next year.”
Tremblay’s Canadian Olympic teammate, Kyle Jones, led a trio of Canadians into the top-15 in the men’s race. The 27-year-old Jones, of Oakville, Ont. clocked a seventh-place time of 54:08 under the hot Cancun sun.
“It was very hot out there today and I really felt it on the run,” said Jones, who also won his first World Cup race earlier this summer in Edmonton. “I tried to do what I could to win the race by staying out front and being safe on the bike. I just didn’t have the snap in my legs on the run that I needed. My focus is on Auckland (World Championship Grand Final) in a couple of weeks.”
Two young Canucks had their best World Cup performances while joining Jones in the top-15. Andrew Yorke, of Caledon, Ont., was 11th at 54:30, while Victoria’s Matt Sharpe ran to 15th spot with a time of 54:39. Andrew Bysice, of Guelph, Ont., was the only other Canadian in the field, and finished 48th (57:32).
Two athletes from Mexico grabbed the gold and silver medals on Sunday. Sergio Sarmiento broke the finish line ribbon with a time of 53:33, while teammate, Crisanto Grajates, finished three seconds off the pace at 53:36. Gregory Rouault, of France, locked up the bronze medal after stopping the clock at 53:49.
The 2012 Grand Final World Championship race of the ITU’s World Triathlon Series will take place in Auckland, New Zealand on October 20.
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Complete ITU World Cup Results (750m Swim, 20km bike, 5km run): www.triathlon.org
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1. Sergio Sarmiento, MEX,53:33; 2. Crisanto Grajales, MEX, 53:36; 3. Gregory Rouault, FRA, 53:49; 4.Jarrod Shoemaker, USA, 53:59; 5. Steffen Justus, GER, 54:03
7. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Ont., 54:08; 11. Andrew Yorke, Caledon, Ont., 54:30; 15. Matthew Sharpe, Victoria, B.C., 54:39; 48. Andrew Bysice, Guelph, Ont.
Top-Five Women’s Results:
1. Katie Hewison, GBB, 1:00:19; 2. Kaitlin Shiver, USA, 1:00:54; 3. Lisa Perterer, AUT, 1:00:56; 4. Kathy Tremblay, Montreal, CAN, 1:00:59; 5. Rebecca Robisch, GER, 1:01:21