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Chris Dornan

Cape Town, South Africa—Matt Sharpe will take away the positives in a tough second-career outing on the World Triathlon Series where he placed 40th in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday.

The Victoria resident clocked a time of 1:43:12 in the 750-metre shortened swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10-kilometre run course against the world’s best.

“I had the swim I know I’m capable of placing myself amongst the leaders out of the water and onto the bike. After the first lap it was clear that we would be one large bunch of approximately 50 guys so I just focused on holding my position in the pack,” said the 23-year-old Sharpe.

“My legs were definitely hurting from the bike, and in the end, the muscle fatigue from the accelerations held me back in the form of cramping. It just makes me hungry for more.”

Great Britain’s Alistair Brownlee won the men’s gold with a time of 1:39:19. Spain’s Javier Gomez was second at 1:39:24, while Vincent Luis, of France, ran to the bronze-medal step of the podium with a time of 1:39:28.

Meanwhile, two budding stars in Canada’s triathlon program – Tyler Mislawchuk and Alexis Lepage – shared the podium at the Subic Bay Triathlon Asian Cup in the Philippines.

Mislawchuk, of Oak Bluff, Man., clocked a golden time of 1:47:56. Quebec’s Lepage won the race for the bronze medal at 1:48:48.

Australia’s Daniel Coleman captured the silver medal after stopping the clock at 1:48:16.