July 12,2014(ISN) – TORONTO— Kyle Jones completed a strong tune-up race before representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games after winning the men’s ITU Pan American Cup Race in Toronto on Saturday. Dominika Jamnicky captured her first career win in the women’s race.
The 29-year-old Jones, who grew up just west of Canada’s largest city in Oakville, Ont., was at the front of the pack through the 1.5-kilometre swim in Lake Ontario, the 40-kilometre bike that blasted past many of Toronto’s key landmarks and the 10-kilometre run where he pulled away from the field to post a winning time of 1:48:26.
Jones and Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., controlled the pace while marching shoulder-to-shoulder through each of the three legs until Hinton was forced to serve a penalty during the run allowing Jones, a 2012 Olympian – to run to gold in the unofficial test event for the 2015 Pan Am Games that will take place in exactly one years time in Toronto.
Hinton settled for the silver medal at 1:48:35. Jason Wilson, of Barbados, was third at 1:49:36.
Meanwhile, another rising young Ontario triathlon talent, Dominika Jamnicky, ran away with the women’s race to capture her fist Pan American Cup title. Jamnicky, of Guelph, Ont., hammered the field with a time of 2:03:56.
“I’m ecstatic right now,” said Jamnicky. “I came in with a quite confidence. I had a plan to hang on to the pack in the swim and make the girls that I was with work on the bike. I stuck to it today and it paid off.”
It sure did.
Jamnicky opened a three-minute lead on the chase pack while pedaling down the Gardner Expressway past the CN Tower and Toronto’s Harbourfront attractions.
“It was an incredible course,” added the newly crowned champion. “The course was so fun and the race was well planned. Swimming under the bridges around Ontario Place and the bike course was fast and technical in parts. It was a lot of fun out there.”
The 21-year-old Canuck shared the podium with two American women. Johanna Gartman was the next best finisher in second at 2:04:58, while Erin Dolan rounded out the podium in third at 2:06:14.
Jones will now pack his bags and head off to Glasgow, Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, July 23 – August 3. The ITU Pan American Cup Race was being held in conjunction with the Toronto Triathlon Festival, which highlighted a weekend of sport and cultural celebrations as Toronto officially launched its one year countdown to hosting the 2015 Pan Am Games.
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Complete ITU Pan American Cup Results (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run): www.triathlon.org
Top-Six Men’s Results:
1. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Ont., CAN, 1:48:26; 2. Alexnder Hinton, Kingston, Ont., CAN, 1:48:35; 3. Jason Wilson, BAR, 1:49:36; 4. Gaspar Riveros, CHI, 1:49:55; 5. Alexix Lepage, Quebec, CAN, 1:50:00.
Top-Five Women’s Results:
1. Dominika Jamnicky, Guelph, Ont., 2:03:56; 2. Johanna Gartman, USA, 2:04:58; 3. Erin Dolan, USA, 2:06:14; 4. Summer Cook, USA, 2:06:41; 5. Alex Coates, Calgary, CAN, 2:07:47.