Russell Pennock leads men’s podium sweep, Dominika Jamnicky wins women’s bronze
RICHMOND, Va—Canada’s triathletes made a statement at the CAMTRI Sprint American Continental Cup races in Richmond, Virgina where they celebrated a four-medal Sunday.
Calgary’s Russell Pennock led the Canucks to a sweep of the men’s podium that included Victoria’s Matt Sharpe racing to the silver medal and young phenom, Charles Paquet, of Port Cartier, Que., locking up third spot. Dominika Jamnicky, of Guelph, Ont., was the lone Canadian to podium in the women’s race when she crossed the finish line third.
Continuing to build on a standout junior career where he won all four domestic junior races in 2014 including the national championship title, Pennock has successfully taken the next step into the senior ranks over the last two years where he was sixth last year at the Under-23 World Championships.
On Sunday, he handily won the men’s sprint races that put many of North America’s best through a 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and five-kilometre run course. Pennock ran into the winner’s circle with a time of 50:19.36.
Pennock waited just over seven seconds where fellow Canuck Matt Sharpe took another giant leap forward in his continued comeback to elite racing. The 24 year old Sharpe, who has battled injuries and illness for much of the last four years, had an emotional breakthrough one year ago when he was second at the Oceania Cup on the famed Mooloolaba World Cup course in Australia. The lanky Canuck matched that performance Sunday with a time of 50:26.84.
Charles Paquet, who is competing in his first season as a senior, completed the sweep of the men’s podium for the Canadians. The young Quebecor finished 17 seconds behind Sharpe to take the bronze with a time of 50:43.00.
Xavier Grenier-Talavera, of Vaudreuil, Que., was fifth with a time of 50:48.40. Ontario’s Myles Zagar finished seventh at 51:19.45, while Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., grabbed the final spot in the top-10 at 51:33.40.
Racing in the early afternoon, it was Dominika Jamnicky, who blazed the trail to the podium for the Canadian women.
The 23-year-old Jamnicky rebounded after a mediocre swim for her standards where she was left chasing on the bike, and ran out of gas when foot hit pavement for the run. When all was said and done, Jamnicky finished third at 56:44.02.
“There were some good and bad things to take away today,” said Jamnicky. “We had rainy conditions, which I tend to thrive in so I was in my element. I put in a nice solid effort on the run and was happy to have a good hit before I head to Japan. The Canucks raced well across the board, and I was proud to be a part of the team today.”
Taylor Knibb, of the United States, put down the hammer on the elite field. A silver medallist at the 2015 World Junior Championships, Knibb broke away on the swim, biked solo and held on for the win – a trademark move she has put on full display while racing on the junior ranks this year. Knibb posted a golden time of 56:20.87.
Bria Edwards, also of the United States, was second at 56:30.51.
Two Canadian women from Quebec also fought their way into the top-10. Elisabeth Boutin was seventh at 57:00.53, while Emy Legault placed eighth with a time of 57:12.50.
Canadian Triathletes Rack Up Four Medals at CAMTRI Sprint American Continental Cups in Virginia
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1. Russell Pennock, Calgary, CAN, 50:19.36; 2. Matt Sharpe, Victoria, CAN, 50:26.84; 3. Charles Paquet, Port Cartier, Que., CAN, 50:43.00; 4. Austin Hindman, USA, 50:46.04; 5. Xavier Grenier-Talavera, Vaudreuil, Que., CAN, 50:48.40
Top-Five Women’s Results:
1. Taylor Knibb, USA, 56:20.87; 2. Bria Edwards, 56:30.51; 3. Dominika Jamnicky, Guelph, Ont., CAN, 56:44.02; 4. Anabel Knoll, USA, 46:48.14; 5. Sarah Alexander, USA, 56:53.38