On March 16th, in Mooloolaba, Australia, Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) won the first World Cup of his career. The ITU World Cup course featured a 750m ocean swim, a technical 20K bike and hilly 5K run. With a 30-man front group staying close together until T2, the race was going to be won in a footrace. Sam Ward (NZL), Mislawchuk and Ryan Bailie (AUS) were the first ones out of transition. Early on, it was Mislawchuk that made the first move and gapped the rest of the field. On the bell lap, Brandon Copeland (AUS) and Valentin Wernz (GER) separated themselves from the others to finish one-two behind Mislawchuk.
Last year, Mislawchuk reached his first World Cup podium in Antwerp and had his best World Triathlon Series finish (fourth) in Yokohama. Those results helped him finish the season ranked 10th in the world. Already with a podium finish at Super League Triathlon Singapore, Mislawchuk’s 2019 season is off to a strong start. “I’m over the moon, and I am just so excited about my first World Cup win,” says Mislawchuk. “Australia is my second home. I’ve got a lot of friends out, so it’s awesome to be able to do it in front of them.”
Canadians Michael Lori, Matthew Sharpe and Alexis Lepage finished eighth, tenth and 21st.
In the women’s race, Australian Ashleigh Gentle took the win at home. “Racing at home here in Queensland was really special to me today, and I am really grateful for the support I get from my fellow Queenslanders,” says Gentle. Renee Tomlin (USA) and Angelica Olmo (ITA) finish second and third.
Canadian Desirae Ridenour finished 31st.