By Chris Dornan
MAGOG, Que.—One of the world’s top para-triathletes, Stefan Daniel, and Kyla Roy hit the start line against the country’s best and were crowned the king and queen of junior triathlon on Saturday in Magog, Que.
Para-Triathlete Sensation Stefan Daniel
Calgary’s teenage para-triathlete phenom, Daniel who races with an arm impairment, won a sprint finish with a time of 58 minutes, 26.2 seconds.
“This is a super motivational boost heading into the Rio test event next week,” said the 18-year-old Daniel, who is a two-time Para-Triathlon World Championship medalist and hopes to represent Canada when the sport makes its Paralympic debut next summer. “It was a non-wetsuit swim today and it was much better than any of my open water swims so far. I worked hard on the bike and the run was a battle the whole way.”
Daniel worked brilliantly in the second pack four on the bike course to bridge the gap near the end of the 20-kilometre ride with Charles Paquet and Brennan Smith who were out front nearly the whole way. When foot hit pavement after transition two, Daniel and Quebec’s Paquet raced neck and neck on the five-kilometre run. Daniel outlasted Paquet in the sprint finish. Paquet finished with a time of 58:30.7, while Alberta’s Cooper Bentley was third at 58:53.1.
“I was a little sore from a crash in France last weekend, but Stefan was just too strong today,” said Paquet.
Meanwhile Manitoba’s Kyla Roy took advantage of cool and overcast conditions to win the Junior Girls National Championship Title. Roy was in a lead pack of six athletes that formed who charged into the first transition after the 750-metre swim.
The lead pack became a group of five after 15 of 20 kilometres on the bike to set up a run for the medals where Roy and Calgary’s Emily Wagner broke away.
Roy ran to the gold with a time of 1:06:08.3, while Emily Wagner was second at 1:06:14.8.
“It was an awesome race. I swam clean at the start and through the buoys,” said Roy. “The group worked well on the bike, and it all came down to the run. I was able to respond to Emily’s attack with 400 metres to go. I just followed my coaches sprint advice and led to the finish.”
First-year junior, Hanny Henry of British Columbia, held on to win the bronze medal with a time of 1:06:33.4.
With the cream of the crop of Canadian triathlon preparing to race a test event for the 2016 Olympics in Rio, it was anybody’s game in the CAMTRI Pan American Cup race which also served as the national championships for the Canadian elite athletes.
Eli Hemming, of the United States, won the men’s race with a time of 1:51:15.1, while Mexico’s Eder Mejia was second at 1:51.24.9. Taylor Forbes, of Dundas, Ont., claimed the national title as a result of his third-place finish after clocking a time of 1:51:30.0 in the 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10-kilometre run course.
Calgary’s Alex Coates won the women’s national championship title as a result of her fifth place finish, and being first Canuck to cross the line, with a time of 2:06:41.0 in the CAMTRI Pan American Cup.
Erin Dolan, of the United States, set the time to beat at 2:05:31.4. Japan’s Mariko Adachi celebrated the silver medal with a time of 2:05:45.8, while Mexico’s Vanesa De La Torre locked up the bronze after clocking-in at 2:05:57.1.
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