April 27 2014 ISN – BRIDGETOWN, Barbados—Canada’s Alexander Hinton celebrated his first career triathlon
victory at the senior level after winning the men’s Pan American Cup sprint race in
Bridgetown, Barbados on Sunday.
Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., came out of the water in sixth position after the
750-metre swim where he helped pull the chase group around a sizzling hot
20-kilometre bike course. After catching the chase pack at the midway point on the
bike, the 23-year-old Canuck conserved his energy to set himself up for a strong
run. He hammered the pace on the five-kilometre run to grab his first career
“I am stoked to get my first win,” said Hinton. “I had a solid swim and after we
caught the leaders I knew it was going to come down to a really hot run. The
American, Tommy Zaferes, pushed hard with about 1.5 kilometres to go, but I was able
to hold on to his move, and push passed him with about 500-metres left. I knew then
it was time to celebrate!”
Zafares grabbed second spot, while Manuel Huerta, of Puerto Rico, hung on for third
It is not the first time Hinton has shocked the world at the senior level. Just two
years ago the lanky Canadian won the silver medal at the Edmonton World Cup in his
first-ever World Cup race.
In the women’s race Canada’s Dominika Jamnicky, of Port Hope, Ont., narrowly missed
the podium with a fourth-place finish.
Mexico’s Adriana Barraza won the women’s race. Australia’s Ellie Salthouse won the
silver medal, while Erin Jones, of the United States, rounded out the women’s podium
Meanwhile, two of Canada’s top male triathletes did battle with the best on the
planet down in Cape Town, South Africa on the World Triathlon Series Sunday.
Jones, of Oakville, Ont., who was in the chase pack after the 1.5-kilometre swim and
40-kilometre bike, led the Canadian duo with a 24th-place finish after stopping the
clock at 1:47:39. McCartney was part of a group of about one dozen athletes who
opened a gap of just over one minute on the chase group heading into second
transition. However, the Victoria resident could not hold on with the quick pace on
the 10-kilometre run, and dropped back into 31st spot at 1:48:19.
Spain’s Javier Gomez won for the second straight time this year following another
epic dual with Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee. The two exited the second
transition shoulder-to-shoulder and continued that way until the final four
kilometres when the Spaniard turned on the jets to the finish line. Gomez clocked a
golden time of 1:44:52. Brownlee settled for the silver medal at 1:45:11, while
Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy ran to the bronze medal step on the podium with a time of
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an Olympic medal sport since 2000 and Paralympic medal sport as of 2016, Triathlon
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and its related disciplines, in Canada.