It was a mixed bag of results for the Canadians at the ITU World Triathlon Edmonton yesterday – while stomach issues stalled Tyler Mislawchuk’s chase for another podium finish, he proved that he can compete with the world’s best, hanging tough for a ninth-place finish in the stacked field.
“I got a stomach stitch on the run,” Mislawchuk said in an interview right after his finish. “I made the best out of it and battled back.”
Matthew Sharpe bounced back from a rough swim thanks to some aggressive racing to finish 16th, while Alexis Lepage struggled on the run and didn’t finish.
The exciting men’s race was won by Jonathan Brownlee, who told reporters after the race that it’s been so long since he’s had a top result that he’s been asked by people at home in Leeds, England if he’s still racing.
Brownlee was part of a five-man breakaway that included WTS series leader Vincent Luis (FRA), American Ben Kanute, Belgium’s Marten Van Riel and young Aussie hopeful Matthew Hauser. The group’s lead grew to 30 seconds at one point on the bike, but by the time the men hit T2 the lead was less than 20 seconds on a huge chase pack. From that chase group Mario Mola (ESP) was able to run his way to the runner-up spot, leaving Van Riel to round out the podium.
Here’s a photo gallery from the men’s race – photos by Kevin Mackinnon.It was a tougher day for the only Canadian woman in the field – after a decent swim Amelie Kretz found herself well back on the bike and struggled through the run for a 38th place finish.
Australia’s Emma Jackson took her first WTS win thanks to a dramatic sprint finish where she pulled away from American Summer Rappaport and countrywoman Ashleigh Gentle. After suffering a couple of years of injuries the race offered the former U23 world champion some much needed confidence as she gears up for the Tokyo Olympic test event in two weeks.
Photo gallery from the women’s race – photos by Kevin Mackinnon.