Chris Dornan

(ISN) – NEW PLYMOUTH, Nzl—Andrew Yorke had the best World Cup race of his career, finishing in fourth spot at the Triathlon World Cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand on Sunday.

After a difficult season-opening World Triathlon Series race two weeks ago in Abu-Dhabi, the 26-year-old focused his time on cleaning up his swim start and delivering in New Zealand.

He did just that, putting together a solid 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, and five kilometre run where he finished just off the podium in fourth with a time of 53 minutes, five seconds.

Michael Lori, of Tecumseh, Ont., also had the best World Cup race of his career, placing ninth in the field of 75 athletes. Lori posted a time of 53:24.

“These are really exciting results for both Andrew and Michael,” said Libby Burrell, high-performance director, Triathlon Canada. “Andrew is hitting his form at the right time and it is going to be good see this form as he transfers into the World Triathlon Series races. It is going to be a tough, yet exciting, year.”

Richard Murray, of South Africa, was first to cross the line with a time of 52:38. Russia’s Alexander Bryukhankov clocked-in at 52:59 for the silver medal, while Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt snagged the bronze with a time of 53:02.

Yorke is building on a solid season one year ago where he broke through for a fourth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games. His previous best World Cup finish was sixth place in Huatulco, Mexico. Yorke chalked up his career-best World Triathlon Series result in Yokohama, Japan last year where he was 15th.

The World Triathlon Series will now take centre stage in Auckland, New Zealand, March 28-29, 2015.

Top-Five Men’s Results

1. Richard Murray, RSA, 52:38; 2. Alexander Bryukhankov, RUS, 52:59; 3. Kristian Blummenfelt, NOR, 53:02; 4. Andrew Yorke, Caledon, Ont., CAN, 53:05; 5. Gonzalo Raul Tellechea, ARG, 53:08
Canadian Results:
9. Michael Lori, Tecumseh, Ont. 53:24.