Chris Dornan 

Monterrey, Mex.—Canada’s paratriathletes kicked off the 2015 season in medal-winning fashion, claiming two gold and two bronze medals at the season opening Monterrey CAMTRI Triathlon American Championships in Mexico on Friday.

Calgary’s Stefan Daniel got off to a blistering start in the men’s PT4 category. The 18 year old, who went unbeaten in three races before claiming the silver medal at the World Championships last year, clocked a golden time of 58 minutes, 50 seconds over the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, and five-kilometre run course.

Daniel held off a hard-charging Chris Hammer, from the United States, who finished seconds at 59:47. Mexico’s Jose Estrada Sierra grabbed the bronze with a time of 1:00:38.

Winnipeg’s Chantal Givens captured the third gold medal of her career in the women’s PT4 class. Givens hammered the field with a time of 1:13:52.

Relative newcomer to the national program, Victoria Player of Belmont, Ont., hung on for the bronze medal after punching the clock at 1:19:39. Sandwiched between the two Canucks was American Grace Norman in second spot at 1:16:59.

The Canadian trail to the podium continued in the women’s visually impaired PT5 division as Ottawa’s Christine Robbins and her guide, Sasha Boulton of Oakville, Ont., finished on the bronze medal step of the podium. Robbins stopped the clock at 1:23:17.

The Americans finished on the top-two spots of the podium in the PT5 women’s class. Patricia Walsh was first at 1:13:32, while Amy Dixon finished in second with a time of 1:18:22.

Other Canadians to race on Friday included: Pierre Ouellet, of L’Ancienne-Lorette, Que., placing fourth in the men’s PT1 division with a time of 1:17:53. Vancouver’s Jonathan Dieleman finished sixth against the PT1 athletes with a time of 1:18:45. Toronto’s Kim Fawcett did not finish in the women’s PT2 division.

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