Sarah-Anne Brault Finishes Career-Best Fourth at World Triathlon Series Opener in in Auckland

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April 6 ISN – AUCKLAND, NZL—Canada’s Sarah-Anne Brault came agonizingly close to her first career

podium on the World Triathlon Series by finishing fourth at the season-opener in

Auckland, New Zealand on Sunday.

“I’m super happy. It is so much higher than I expected. It is ridiculous,” said Brault.

Charging out of the second transition in 16th spot after the punishing 40-kilometre

bike course, the 24-year-old Winnipegger wasted no time picking off the field,

blasting her way to the lead of the chase pack in fourth after the first of four

laps on the pavement. Leading the chase group filled with five of the greatest

women’s names in the sport, Brault held that position until the final 500 metres.

“I really worked on learning to swim over the last two months so coming out in the

lead group was awesome today,” said Brault. “I came back in the bike and the biggest

thing in the run was not to get intimidated by the names around me. I knew I can

run. That is what I do.”

With Great Britain’s world number one, Jodie Stimpson, running comfortably to gold,

Germany’s Anne Haug pulled away from the pack for the silver medal, leaving Brault

was in a fight for the bronze with Helen Jenkins, of Great Britain. The redheaded

Canuck matched the Brit shoulder-to-shoulder, but ran out of gas once hitting the

blue carpeted finishing stretch where she was forced to settle for fourth spot.

Brault completed the epic course with a time of 2:09:15 while posting the

fourth-fastest 10-kilomotre run time of the day at 35:29.

“On the run I was scared not to lead the pack. I didn’t want to drop back because I

didn’t know if I could get back up. I just need to continue to learn to race at this

level. I have been working with our new coach this year (Jamie Turner) and it really

seems to be paying off for me.”

“My best World Triathlon Series finish was 11th in Hamburg last year. That was a

surprise and this is even bigger, added Brault. “I don’t think this changes anything

for me. My goal is to race WTS. I think this locks up a Commonwealth Games spot,

which was a big goal for me this year.

On a world-class course that tests the complete triathlete with major hills in

downtown Auckland, Stimpson held on to the back of a bike breakaway before smashing

the run to take the season-opening race with a time of 2:08:34. Haug turned on the

jets in the second half of the run to clock-in at 2:08:59 for the silver while

posting the fastest run split time. Jenkins held off Brault with a bronze-medal time

of 2:09:10.

Brault is one of a handful of rising women stars on Canada’s triathlon squad. After

knocking off five-time World Triathlon Series winner, Paula Findlay, at the 2011

Canadian Championships, Brault had a stellar 2012 season where she won a silver and

bronze medal on the World Cup circuit in addition to a handful of Continental Cup

podiums. A track-and-field standout athlete at the West Virginia Mountaineers,

Brault missed the majority of the 2013 season with a stress fracture.

Recovering from injury, the smooth-going Brault hit the start line for the first

time in nearly one year just three weeks ago where she won an Oceania Cup Olympic

distance race in Australia.

Three other Canadian women suited up on Sunday with Brault. Joanna Brown, of Carp,

Ont., was 17th (2:12:06) thanks to stellar second lap on the bike where she bridged

from the second to lead pack; Calgary’s Ellen Pennock finished 23rd (2:13:28); while

Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland placed 29th (2:15:13).

Following the women’s race, a trio of Canadian men toed the line. Andrew Yorke, of

Caledon, Ont., was the lone Canadian to finish the race, placing 27th with a time of

1:58:56. Kyle Jones, of Oakville, Ont., and Victoria’s Andrew McCartney pulled out

mid-way through the race and did not finish.

Spain’s Javier Gomez won for the third straight time in Auckland. The Olympic silver

medallist, and reigning World Champion posted a golden time of 1:54:13.

Gomez outlasted Jonathan Brownlee, who was forced to settle for the silver medal

with a time of 1:54:33. Australia’s Aaron Royle rounded out the men’s podium in

third at 1:55:49.

Live Coverage of the World Triathlon Series can be seen at A 90-minute feature around the women’s season-opening World

Triathlon Series race from Auckland, NZL will be aired on Sportsnet One, April 6 at

9:30 p.m. EST. The men’s race will also be shown on April 6 at 11 p.m. EST.

The next stop of the eight race World Triathlon Series, which culminates with the

Grand Final in Edmonton, is set for Cape Town, South Africa, April 26-27.

Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as

an Olympic medal sport since 2000 and Paralympic medal sport as of 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 on the


Complete Results (1.5-kilometre swim, 40 kilometre bike, 10 kilometre run):

Top-Five Women’s Results:

1. Jodie Stimpson, GBR, 2:08:34; 2. Anne Haug, GER, 2:08:59; 3. Helen Jenkins, GBR,

2:09:10; 4. Sarah-Anne Brault, Winnipeg, CAN, 2:09:15; 5. Sarah Groff, USA, 2:09:20.

Other Canadian Results:

17. Joanna Brown, Carp, Ont., 2:12:06; 23. Ellen Pennock, Calgary, 2:13:28; 29.

Kirsten Sweetland, Victoria, 2:15:13.

Top-Five Men’s Results:

1. Javier Gomez, ESP, 1:54:13; 2. Jonathan Brownlee, GBR, 1:54:33; 3. Aaron Royle,

AUS, 1:55:49; 4. Dan Wilson, AUS, 1:55:52; 5. Ryan Baillie, AUS, 1:55:59

Canadian Results:

27. Andrew Yorke, Caledon, Ont., 1:58:56; DNF. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Ont.; DNF.

Andrew McCartney, DNF.

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