Kretz takes sixth at Miyazaki ITU World Cup
Amelie Kretz earns valuable Olympic qualifying points in Japan as local hero Ai Ueda defends her title and American Matthew McElroy takes the men's race.
Amelie Kretz’s sixth-place finish at the ITU Miyazaki ITU Triathlon World Cup was the highlight of the Canadian performances as the 2016 Olympian continued her run for the 2020 games by earning valuable qualifying points. The standard-distance race consisted of a 1.5 km swim, a 40 km bike and a 10 km run.
Other Canadians in the field included Matthew Sharpe, who finished 14th, Elisabeth Boutin, 32nd, Emy Legault, 38th and Aiden Longcroft-Harris, who was 41st.
Ai Ueda defended her title, giving Japan a second-straight home-country win in Miyazaki. Second and third went to Belgium’s Claire Michel and Valerie Barthelemy.
The men’s race was won by American Matthew McElroy, who finished ahead of countryman Eli Hemming and Belgium’s Jelle Geens.
Here’s a gallery from this weekend’s race with lots of shots of our Canadian crew in action: