October 22, 2012, AUCKLAND, NZL.—Kyle Jones showed the nation he is ready to pick up the torch and lead a new crop of young Canadian men’s triathletes into the next Olympic quadrennial after storming to a career-best sixth-place finish at the World Triathlon Championships in Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday.
The 27-year-old Jones, of Oakville, Ont., rebounded after a disappointing Olympic debut by putting down the performance of his life when he narrowly missed the podium with a sixth-place finish at 2:01:48 on a brutally challenging course in New Zealand.
“It was a really hard race so this feels pretty good,” said Jones, who won his first World Cup race earlier this summer on Canadian soil in Edmonton. “I was at the front right from the beginning and I wanted to stay on it.”
Battling tired legs after a challenging 1.5-kilometre swim in choppy water followed by a 40-kilometre bike in heavyrains, Jones fought through the pain to complete a solid 10-kilometre run, and the race of his life.
“All summer my coach has worked on leg speed on the track and today that hard work paid off,” said Jones. “I’m not extremely fast or a powerful athlete, but have good fitness and this course rewards fitness. I’m extremely satisfied and very happy.”
Olympic silver medallist, Javier Gomez of Spain, was crowned World Champion after stopping the clock at 2:00:29. Jonathan Brownlee, of Great Britain who was third at the Olympics, was second at 2:00:31, while Switzerland’s Sven Riederer locked up third place with a time of 2:01:18.
Canada’s Andrew Yorke, of Caldeon, Ont., finished an impressive 18th-place (2:03:28) in his first elite men’s World Championship race.
The world’s top junior women kicked off the final day of racing in New Zealand. Amelie Kretz, of Blainville, Que., was the top Canuck matching Jones’ sixth-place finish on the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run with a time of 1:09:22.
Japan’s Fumika Matsumoto finished on top with a time of 1:08:33. Leonie Periault, of France, grabbed the silver at 1:08:36,while Tamara Gorman, of the United States, claimed third place with a time of 1:08:39.
Saskatoon’s Gabrielle Edwards and Ottawa’s Samantha Klus, were the only other two Canadians in the junior women’s race finishing 26th (1:14:40) and 37th (1:19:00) respectively.
South Africa’s Wian Sullwald won the junior men’s race with a time of 1:01:44.
Winnipeg’s Tyler Mislawchuk was the top Canadian in 25th at 1:05:01. Gabriel Legault, of Quebec City, was 36th (1:05:58), whileAlexis Lepage, of Boucherville, Que., did not finish.
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Complete Results www.triathlon.org
Top-Five Elite Men’s Results:
1. Javier Gomez, ESP, 2:00:29; 2. Jonathan Brownlee, GBR, 2:00:31; 3. Sven Riederer, SUI, 2:01:18; 4. Steffen Justus, GER, 2:01:40; 5. Gregor Buchholz, GER, 2:01:46.
6. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Ont., 2:01:48; 18. Andew Yorke, Caledon, Ont., 2:03:28
Top-Five Junior Women’s Results:
1. Fumika Matsumoto, JPN,1:08:33; 2. Leonie Periault, FRA, 1:08:36; 3. Tamara Gorman, USA, 1:08:39; 4. Sarah Wilm, GER, 1:08:44; 5. Maddie Dillon, NZL, 1:08:50
6. Amelie Kretz, Blainville, Que., 1:09:02; 26. Gabrielle Edwards, Saskatoon, 1:14:40; 37. Samantha Klus, Ottawa, 1:19:00
Top-Five Junior Men’s Results:
1. Wian Sullwald, RSA, 1:01:44; 2. Simon Vlain, FRA, 1:01:58; 3. Constantine Doherty, IRL, 1:01:59; 4. Kristian Blummenfelt, NOR, 1:02:31; 5. Gordon Benson, GBR, 1:02:45
25. Tyler Mislawchuk, Winnipeg, 1:05:01; 36. Gabriel Legault, Quebec City, 1:05:58; DNF. Alexis Lepage, Boucherville, Que.