July 19,2014(ISN) – MAGOG, Que.—Kyle Jones and Amelie Kretz successfully defended their national titles
at the Canadian Triathlon Championships being held in conjunction with the Pan
American Cup race in Magog, Que. on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Jones put his second win in consecutive weeks under his belt before
heading to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The Oakville, Ont.
based Olympian was the lone Canadian on the men’s podium after posting a winning
time of 53 minutes 48.8 seconds in the sprint race which consists of a 750 metre
swim, 20 kilometre bike and 5 kilometre run.
“Things felt really good today for me. I know my fitness is there and the body felt
good. It was really neat to race against Alan (Webb) from the U.S. and I’m happy
with how things went,” said Jones, who has rattled off three straight national
titles. “These two races at home in Canada was perfect preparation for the
Commonwealth Games. Not only being in a comfortable place, but having success was
also good for me mentally.”
Jones was sandwiched on the podium by two Americans. Webb finished behind Jones in
the sprint finish with a time of 53:50.7. Kaleb Vanort rounded out the men’s podium
in third at 53:53.0. Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., was in the mix until
midway through the run where he dropped off the pack to finish fourth at 54:03.08,
giving him second place in the National Championships.
Jones, who is competing in his first-ever Commonwealth Games, crossed the finish
line and kept on running to the airport to catch his flight to Glasgow.
“I’m really looking forward to representing Canada at the Games,” said Jones. “The
men’s race is really top heavy with the Brownlees (Great Britain) obviously but I’m
feeling good and I’m going to give everything I have. I think the course suits me
Meanwhile, Amelie Kretz, also won her second-straight Canadian Championship crown.
Making her return from injury which has kept her out of most of the season, the
Blainville, Que. native dropped the field to win the women’s elite sprint race
handily with a time of 1:02:14.8.
Kretz pulled ahead of friend and training partner, Joanna Brown of Carp, Ont., who
secured the silver medal with a time of 1:02:45.1. American, Summer Cook, grabbed
the bronze at 1:03:01.2.
Later in the day Canada’s top paratriathletes hosted the world for their first World
Paratriathlon Race on Canadian soil this year.
Calgary’s Stefan Daniel remained unbeaten this year in the men’s TRI 4 arm
impairment classification. The 17-year-old promising star in international
paratriathlon shattered the field with a time of 1:00:20. American Chris Hammer
finished second at 1:03:16, while Rafael Solis Torres, of Spain, grabbed the bronze
with a time of 1:11:15.
Canada also won four silver medals in paratriathlon races in Magog.
Grant Darby, of Hamilton, clocked-in at 1:21:43 for second place in the men’s TRI 2
classification for leg impairment above the knee. Italy’s Giovanni Sasso set the
time to beat at 1:19:22.
Ottawa’s Kim Fawcett was second of two in the women’s TRI 2 class (2:15:12).
American Sarah Reinertsen was first at 1:46:36.
Winnipeg’s Chantal Denholm was also second of two in the women’s TRI 4 (arm
impairment) with a time of 1:15:27 – finishing just behind the frontrunner, Grace
Norman of the United States, who won with a time of 1:15:00.
Ottawa’s Christine Robbins was second in the women’s visually impaired category with
a time of 1:20:19. Patricia Walsh, of the United States, won the classification with
a golden time of 1:15:34.