Canadian triathletes stormed the podium at the Richmond CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup in Virgina, USA yesterday with Russell Pennock taking gold, Matthew Sharpe taking silver and Charles Pacquet taking bronze. Dominika Jamnicky also earned herself a spot on the women’s podium, finishing just 24 seconds behind female winner, American Taylor Knibb.
Calgary’s Russell Pennock built on his early-career success, adding another win to his resume. In 2014, he won all four of his junior races including a national championship title. His winning time of 00:50:19 in the sprint distance race solidified his calibre among some of the top North American triathletes who raced yesterday.
Victoria’s Matthew Sharpe also showed he’s back to racing in top form after battling injuries and illness for most of the last few years. Sharpe finished close behind Pennock in 00:50:26.
Young phenom Charles Pacquet, who placed eighth at world championships last year, ran his way to the final podium spot in a time of 00:50:43.
Xavier Grenier-Talavera, of Vaudreuil, Que., was fifth with a time of 00:50:48. Ontario’s Myles Zagar finished seventh at 00:51:19, while Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., grabbed the final spot in the top-10 at 00:51:33.
Dominika Jamnicky improved upon her fifth place finish at the Sarasota CAMTRI sprint race earlier this year, overcoming a slower swim to pedal and run her way to third in a strong women’s field yesterday.
“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.”
Two other Canadian women from Quebec also fought their way into the top-10. Elisabeth Boutin was seventh at 00:57:00, while Emy Legault placed eighth with a time of 00:57:12.