Charles Paquet’s 16th place finish was the highlight of the Canadian performances at the Lima ITU Triathlon World Cup in what was his first finish since taking sixth at the Pan American Games in July on the same (albeit altered) course. The sprint-distance event consisted of a 750 m swim, 20 km bike and a 5 km run.
Other Canadians in the men’s field included Alexis Lepage, who finished 34th, Taylor Forbes, 42nd, and John Rasmussen, 46th. Dominika Jamnicky was the lone Canadian woman competing, placing 23rd.
Both of the men’s and women’s races came right down to the wire for the win. Japan’s Ai Ueda, who was coming off of a victory the week prior at the Miyazaki World Cup, added a second title in as many weeks by winning a close sprint with Ukraine’s Yuliya Yelistratova and Ecuador’s Elizabeth Bravo. All three put up identical times of 59:12, with Yelistratova earning the silver and Bravo the bronze medal.
For the men, Brazilian Manoel Messias picked up the victory in a time of 52:30, with Switzerland’s Florin Salvisberg and Felix Duchampt (who competes under the ITU flag) posting matching 52:32s to round out the podium in second and third respectively.