June 15,2014(ISN) – HUATULCO, Mex.—Dominika Jamnicky got her World Cup season off to a solid start with
an 11h-place finish on Sunday in Huatulco, Mexico.

Jamnicky, who gained valuable experience after racing the challenging Huatulco
course one year ago, was solid from start-to-finish in the 1.5-kilometre swim,
40-kilometre bike and 10-kilometre run course. Jamnicky clocked a time two hours, 21
minutes, 11 seconds (2:21:11) under the intense heat.

“This course absolutely crushed me last year so I came back this year with much
better preparation,” said the 21-year-old Jamnicky. “I knew what expect in terms of
the course and hot weather. The goal was to stay cool as long as possible, position
myself well and stay hydrated. I did my best to commit to the plan from start to
finish and execute a smart race.”

Japan’s Al Ueda won the women’s race with a time of 2:14:52. Mexico’s Claudia Rivas
grabbed the silver at 2:15:19, while Slovenia’s Mateja Simic won the race for the
bronze with a time of 2:16:48.

On the men’s side, it was 22-year-old John Rasmussen of Ancaster, Ont. who finished
as the top Canadian in 17th spot. Taking advantage of a solid swim where he was near
the front of the pack, Rasmussen positioned himself well over the first four laps of
the sizzling hot bike leg where he stayed out of trouble. Not able to respond to an
attack on the fifth lap of the bike, Rasmussen stayed in control and prepared for
the run.

“I was in the wrong spot at the wrong time to respond to the attack, so I tried my
best to stay cool to prepare for an even hotter run,” said Rasmussen. “I really
struggled on the run with some cramping, but found my stride late and pulled myself
back into the top-20. It is not the result I was hoping for, but I’m moving in the
right direction.”

Luciano Taccone, of Argentina, ran to the gold with a time of 2:01:58. Italy’s
Davide Uccellari was second at 2:02:08, while Aurelien Lescure, of France, rounded
out the men’s podium in third with a time of 2:02:46.

Two other Canadian men finished 26h and 27h respectively. Taylor Reid, of Caledon,
Ont., clocked-in at 2:11:27, while Gabriel Legault, of Blainville, Que., posted a
time of 2:12:27. Andrew Bysice and Brent Poulsen did not finish.