May 10, 2014, CHENGDU, China (ISN) – Canada’s John Rasmussen will chalk this one up to experience.

Hitting the pontoon with 76 men from around the globe for a World Cup in Chengdu, China, the 22-year-old Canadian triathlete finished middle of the pack in 37th after clocking a time of one hour, 51 minutes, 27 seconds (1:51:27).

“It was a wild race and something special to experience,” said Rasmussen. “I didn’t get out as quickly as I would have liked from the start and had to fight my way through the swim, but did find my way into the lead pack on the bike.”

The Ancaster, Ont., native rebounded from the difficult 1.5-kilometre swim in the man-made lake pushed himself hard to climb his way into a large group that formed on the relatively flat 40-kilometre bike course as the heat and humidity soared.

“I had a lot of expectations on myself today, I’m happy I went after it,” said Rasmussen. “But in retrospect I should have adapted to the race. When the pack got large I should have recognized the change in dynamics of the race. I struggled on the run, but I know this race is not indicative of my fitness or abilities as a triathlete.”

Wilan Sullwald, of South Africa, won his first World Cup race in front of a huge crowd that lined the unique triathlon course in China. Sullwald posted the time to beat at 1:48:47. Kevin Mcdowell, of the United States, ran to the silver medal at 1:48:48, while Aurelien Lebrun, of France, rounded out the podium in third at 1:48:59.

Taylor Reid also suited up for Canada, but withdrew early in the race after fighting illness all week.

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Complete ITU World Cup Results (1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run):

Top-Five Men’s Results:

1. Wilan Sullwald, RSA, 1:48:47; 2. Kevin Mcdowell, USA, 1:48:48; 3. Aurelien Lebrun, FRA, 1:48:59; 4. Tony Dodds, NZL, 1:49:03; 5. Jarrod Shoemaker, USA, 1:49:09

Canadian Results:

37. John Rasmussen, Ancaster, Ont., 1:51:27; DNF. Taylor Reid, Caledon, Ont.