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June 1,2014(ISN) – DALLAS, TX—Canada’s Joanna Brown ran just shy of the podium in the elite women’s
Olympic distance triathlon race on Saturday at the Pan American Championships in
Dallas, Texas.

 

With a few fast swimmers opening a gap on most of the field in the 1.5-kilometre swim,
it was Brown, of Carp, Ont., who drove the chase pack on the 40-kilometre bike to catch
the leaders, and form a lead group that all but eliminated the rest of the field after
entering second transition with more than two minutes on the field.

One of the pre-race favourites, the 21 year old Brown, who won a silver medal in “The
Big D” two years ago, was in third and fourth spot for most of the 10-kilometre run.
However, battling a stomach bug throughout the day, Brown was also forced to
overcome a penalty she encountered for not putting her swim goggles in her bin in the
first transition. When all was said and done, Brown settled for fifth place after
clocking a
total time of two hours, 32 seconds (2:00:32) over the 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre
bike and 10-kilometre run course.

Amelie Kretz, of Blainville, Que., was back on the start line after missing some
time with
a foot injury. The foot acted up again today, forcing Kretz to the sidelines after
completing the swim and bike legs.

“There were obviously some positives for everyone, but it was a tough day for us all
around,” said Craig Taylor, coach of the Guelph Regional Training Centre. “Joanna
really
drove the pack hard on the bike so that was good, but it wasn’t our best day. We need
to lick our wounds, try and figure out what went wrong, and keep going forward.”

Mexico’s Adriana Barraza set the time to beat in the women’s elite field at 1:59:41.
Jessica Broderick, of the United States, thrilled the hometown crowd after clocking a
silver-medal time of 1:59:51. Bermuda’s Anahi Leon snagged the bronze at 2:00:08.

John Rasmussen, of Ancaster, Ont., was the top Canadian in the men’s elite field.
The 22
year old placed 19th at 1:50:51. Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales won the men’s race with a
time of 1:47:09.

Earlier in the day, Jeremy Briand of Sainte-Julie, Que., made the lone Canadian trip to
the podium in the junior men’s sprint distance race. Briand captured the silver medal
after completing the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and five-kilometre run layout
with a time of 55:19.

Briand finished 10 seconds back of winner, Manoel Messias of Brazil who clocked in at
55:09 for the gold. Mexico’s Eduardo Israel Lamas Hernandez claimed the bronze medal
at 55:30.

National Development Team athlete, Xavier Grenier-Talavera, of Vaudreuil, Que., was
the only other Canadian male in the top five. The 19 year old finished just four
seconds
off the podium in fourth place at 55:34.

Two young Canucks grabbed the final two spots in the top-five in the junior women’s
sprint race. Toronto’s Kirsten Vergara was fourth at 1:02:45, while Emy Legault, of Ile
Perrot, Que., ran to fifth spot at 1:02:53.

Mexico’s Vanesa De La Torre grabbed the junior women’s crown with a time of 1:01:16.
American Stephanie Jenks was second at 1:01:25, while Taylor Knibb, also of the United
States, rounded out the podium in third with a time of 1:01:41.

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