July 20,2014(ISN) – MAGOG, Que.—Russell Pennock and Emy Lagault extended their winning streaks in 2014 to three after claiming the Canadian Junior Triathlon Championship titles this weekend.
Calgary’s Pennock completed the golden hat trick after winning the junior men’s race with a time of 56 minutes, 32.3 seconds. Canada’s juniors complete a sprint distance race consisting of a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike and 5 kilometre run course.
“It’s quite surreal. My best finish before this year in a triathlon race was fourth so to come out and win three in a row including the National Championships shocks me,” said Pennock, who will now hop on a plane to go watch his sister Ellen represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland this week.
“Winning National Championships is quite special to me since won the title in 2011. Being able to achieve the same result as her means so much to me.”
Jeremy Briand, of Saint-Julie, Que., and Myles Zagar, of Caledon, Ont., continued their pursuit of knocking Pennock off the top of the podium this year. However, the other two rising stars in Canadian triathlon came up short once again this week. This time Briand finished second at 56:45.9, while Zagar locked up the bronze medal with a time of 57:00.7.
Equally impressive to Pennock is Emy Legault’s dominance of the junior Canadian women this year. The 17 year old battled through the heat and technical Magog course to capture her first junior women’s national crown with a time of 1:05:16.8.
“We worked hard on the bike, and with the heat and humidity, it was really tough today,” said Legault.
Legault and the other two podium finishers, Elizabeth Boutin and Samantha Klus, rode clear from the field out of transition one, and built their lead over a chase pack on the hilly 20-kilometre bike leg.
“The bike course was great despite the hills,” added Legault. “The run course was flat but hard today.”
Boutin, of Les Cedres, Que., clocked-in at 1:05:31.6 for the silver medal, while Ottawa’s Klus will return home with the bronze medal after posting a time of 1:06:03.2.
The fourth and final race of the 2014 National Junior Series is set for Kelowna, B.C., August 16.