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Canadians top the podium this weekend

Beals and Roy win 70.3 Eagleman, Jahn wins Boulder and Wurtele wins in Belgium

With all the headline races and names this weekend, Canadian triathletes had a successful weekend reaching the podium.

At Ironman 70.3 Eagleman, Cody Beals and Stephanie Roy took the overall men and women title respectively. For Beals, this was his second win in as many weeks and his third 70.3 win of the season. It was also his third win at Eagleman. Daniel Clarke, a TMC contributor, also had an impressive performance this past weekend, finishing in eighth place. For Roy, this was her first win of the season, following a podium finish last weekend in Raleigh.

Heather Wurtele won Challenge Geraardsbergen this past weekend in Belgium, following a sixth place at THECHAMPIONSHIPS in Samorin a week ago. Her husband Trevor also had a high performance following Samorin, finishing fifth in Geraardsbergen.

At Ironman Boulder, Kirsty Jahn continued her winning ways as she biked her way back into the race. Kirsty then ran away from the pro women’s field finishing ahead of Katy Evans and Debe Griesbauer.

At WTS Nottingham (mixed relay) the Canadian team took seventh, just 28 seconds behind France who finished in third. The seventh-place earned the first of hopefully many qualification points for Canada as they look to qualify for Tokyo 2020. The team included Tyler Mislawchuk, Matthew Sharpe, Joanna Brown and Amelie Kretz.

Just two days following the relay, WTS Leeds took place on a beautiful afternoon in Great Britain. The fans were given a treat, watching Richard Murray win his first Olympic distance ITU race. Murray finished ahead of Mario Mola and Vincent Luis. Sharpe was the top Canadian man, while Mislawchuk did not finish. The women’s race was won by countrywoman Vicky Holland, followed by Georgia Taylor-Brown and Katie Zaferes. Brown was the top Canadian women in 17th, while Kretz did not finish.

Here in Ontario, Lionel Sanders made an appearance at the Leamington Triathlon Weekend. He won the sprint triathlon ahead of Jesse Elf and Matt Gervais, this following his win in Samorin last weekend.