This past weekend, Team Canada competed at the WTS and World Mixed Relay Championships in Hamburg, Germany. Saturday was the individual races and Sunday was the team relay. With two Canadians in both the men’s and women’s race, the Canadians looked to improve their world rankings against the best triathletes in the world.
Tyler Mislawchuk and Matthew Sharpe were the Canadians in the men’s race and put up respectable finishes. Mislawchuk finished in eighth, 28 seconds back from the winner and world number one Mario Mola (ESP). Matthew Sharpe was in contention for much of the race, but Mola put the hurt on everyone with his blister 13:59 run split. Sharpe would finish 25th, a minute back of the winner.
In the women’s race, Joanna Brown and Amelie Kretz missed a breakaway that formed on the bike and couldn’t come back on the run. The two would finish two minutes back from the winner Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA).
Elite Men’s Podium
- Mario Mola (ESP)
- Vincent Luis (FRA)
- Richard Murray (RSA)
Elite Women’s Podium
- Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA)
- Laura Lindemann (GER)
- Katie Zaferes (USA)
Sunday was a big day for all the nations present, as it was the World Mixed Relay Championships. With the inclusion of the relay in the 2020 Olympics, Hamburg held significant qualifying points. In order for a nation to qualify, they must rank in the top seven at the end of the qualifying period.
The defending champions were the Australians, and they would have a target on their back for much of the race. In the end, it was French who were victorious. The team was made up of Leonie Periault, Dorian Coninx, Cassandre Beaugrand and Vincent Luis. The Australians and Americans would finish behind the French, all within a minute of each other.
The Canadians would have a poor showing this weekend, finishing 10th. The team will take the experience as a valuable learning lesson and look to improve upon their result in Edmonton at the end of the month.
Next up for the Canadians will be some racing on Canadian soil. The WTS comes to Edmonton on July 27-29th. Along with the WTS, the World Mixed Relay Series will run over the same weekend, along with the Para-triathlon World Cup. Then it will be off to Kelowna for Nationals in the middle of August and WTS Montreal at the end of August.