Young Canuck Tyler Mislawchuk Posts Career Best in Fourth

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July 5 2014(ISN) -reg

Competing in his first event since sustaining a season-threatening bike crash during
a race this sprint, the 19-year-old Mislawchuk had the best result of his second
full season in the senior ranks, while narrowly missing the podium. The Oak Bluff,
Man. native clocked a time of 1:50:35

“The race started quick and to be honest I felt pretty tired in the water and the
first few kilometres on the bike,” said Mislawchuk. “The legs came around pretty
quickly and I started to feel better as the day went on. I was aggressive on the run
and just missed the podium in the dreaded fourth position.”

Dreaded maybe, but the result is nothing short of stellar considering the young
Canuck was sitting in a hospital bed wondering if he’d race again this year just
three months ago after a huge crash during a World Cup race in New Plymouth, New
Zealand.

“Being the first race back since breaking my jaw, it is exciting to be back on the
start line and get that first one under my belt,” added Mislawchuk. “I put that
crash completely out of my mind and was happy with how I responded today.”

Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy was first to break the finish tape with a time of
1:49:54. Germany’s Christopher Hettich celebrated the silver medal at 1:50:06. Simon
Viain, of France, finished eight seconds ahead of Mislawchuk to grab to final spot
on the podium with a time of 1:50:06.

Another one of Canada’s developing athletes, Victoria’s Matt Sharpe, was back on the
start line after battling through a leg injury.

Days removed from his 23rd birthday, the lanky Canuck put in a full effort all day
to place 15th at 1:52:50.

Sharpe was part of a small group out of the water after the 1.5-kilometre swim that
bridge to the lead group on the 40-kilometre bike ride to set himself up for the
final 10-kilometre dash on the run.

“The bike ride was an effort the whole time, and I just tried to be strategic and
get ready for the run,” said Sharpe, who will represent Canada at the upcoming
Commonwealth Games. “I took it out strong on the run to stay with the bunch. I am
very pleased with my effort given the gaps in my run mileage and intensity while
battling back from a previous injury. I will continue to build on this towards
Edmonton (Grand Final).”