May 11, 2013, Yokohama, JPN (ISN) – Canada’s Andrew McCartney celebrated the race of his life, finishing seventh, at the third stop of the World Triathlon Series on Saturday in Yokohoma, Japan.
One of the strongest swimmers on the elite circuit, the Victoria resident opened a sizeable gap on the chase pack with eight of the world’s best triathletes during the 40-kilometre bike ride before setting out on the 10-kilometre run where he clocked a combined time of one hour, 47.31 seconds (1:47.31).
“This is an awesome result, and very deserved for Andrew,” said Libby Burrell, high-performance director, Triathlon Canada. “I believe this is the breakthrough he has been waiting for, and is now ready to race at this level more and more.”
With Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez pushing the pace on the pedals, the two Olympic medallists pulled away from the front pack of eight when foot hit pavement at the second transition. The 25-year-old McCartney held on for a solid seventh-place finish.
Britain’s Brownlee, a bronze medallist at the 2012 Olympics, ran his way into the winner’s circle with a time of 1:44.59. Spain’s Gomez, who finished ahead of the younger Brownlee brother in the silver-medal position at the London Games, was second again in Japan after clocking-in at 1:45.23. Portugal’s Joao Silva locked up the bronze medal with a time of 1:46.16.
Meanwhile, Canada’s 24-year-old Kirsten Sweetland delivered all, and more, than expected in her return to World Triathlon Series racing for the first time in two years as many of the best women on the globe hit the start line in Japan. The Victoria native placed 17th after stopping the clock at 2:00.47.
“I surprised myself in some ways today, and got exactly what I thought in others,” said Sweetland, who has been sidelined with multiple stress fractures in her legs.
The pint-sized Canuck overcame her biggest hurdle by having a solid swim, and felt strong on the bike before battling through heavy legs, and constant rain, on the run.
“Overall, I’m super pleased and this is a great starting point,” added Sweetland, who returned to training in January after seven months off. “I didn’t know what to expect today with my first race back being a WTS race. Returning to the highest level is always a shock to the system, but it could have been worse. I love racing, and I had a smile on my face the whole way today.”
Struggling through cold and rainy conditions the entire way, the former Junior World Champion was in the mix with the elite back through to the second transition, but couldn’t respond to the pace on the run.
With the conditions playing a huge part in the outcome of the race, Gwen Jorgensen ran to the top step of the podium for the second-straight time. The American punched the clock at 1:57.05. Australia’s Emma Moffatt was second at 1:57.19, while Jodie Stimpson, of Great Britain, rounded out the women’s podium in third with a time of 1:57.20.
The World Triathlon Series now travels to Madrid, Spain, June 1-2.
Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as an Olympic medal sport since 2000 and a Paralympic sport in 2016, Triathlon Canada’s mandate is to promote, foster, organize and develop the sport of triathlon, and its related disciplines, in Canada. For more information on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at www.triathloncanada.com on the Internet.
Complete Results (1.5-kilometre swim, 40 kilometre bike, 10 kilometre run): www.triathlon.org
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1. Jonathan Brownlee, GBR, 1:44.59; 2 Javier Gomez, ESP, 1:45.23; 3. Joao Silva, POR, 1:46.16; 4. Ivan Vasiliev, RUS, 1:46.25; 5. Richard Murray, RSA, 1:47.23
7. Andrew McCartney, Victoria, 1:47.31
Top-Five Women’s Results:
1. Gwen Jorgensen, USA, 1:57.05; 2. Emma Moffatt, AUS, 1:57.19; 3. Jodie Stimpson, GBR, 1:57.20; 4. Ashleigh Gentle, AUS, 1:57.52; 5. Maaike Caelers, NED, 1:58.29
17. Kirsten Sweetland, Victoria, 2:00.47