Alexander Hinton Places 15th at World Cup Triathlon Finale in Tongyeong
—Amelie Kretz settles for 25th, motivated for winter of training-
(ISN) – TONGYEONG, South Korea.—Alexander Hinton and Amelie Kretz finished as the top-two Canucks in men’s and women’s triathlon racing at the final World Cup stop of the year in Tongyeong, South Korea on Saturday.
Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., placed 15th (1:49:56) in the men’s race, while Kretz, of Blainville, Que., who has been fighting her way back from injuries to both of her feet, was 25th (2:04:20).
“It was a tough race for me and a rough way to end a rough season,” said Kretz, who came out of the 1.5-kilometre swim in fifth spot, and was at the front of the pack with six girls in the 40-kilometre bike before dropping off the pack on the 10-kilometre run.
“We weren’t working well on the bike so the chase pack caught us and we were a big group heading into the second transition. I started the run in third position, but I just had no energy. I had good legs, but no gas. It was really a frustrating day and I’m disappointed, but my run fitness is coming and I’m more fit than what I ran today. I will focus on building my run over the winter and be back stronger and hungrier than ever next year.”
Henri Shoeman, of South Africa, won the men’s race with a time of 1:48:15. Ben Kanute, of the United States, was second at 1:48:34, while fellow-American, Tommy Zaferes, snagged the bronze with a time of 1:48:40.
Australia’s Emma Jackson, won the final women’s crown of the year with a golden time of 2:00:44. Japan’s Ai Ueda ran to the silver medal at 2:00:46, while Maaike Caelers, of the Netherlands, stopped the clock at 2:00:59 for the bronze.
Dominika Jamnicky, of Guelph, Ont., was the only other Canadian in the field and finished 44h in the women’s race with a time of 2:15:31.