Canada’s Alexander Hinton celebrated his first career triathlon victory at the senior level after winning the men’s Pan American Cup sprint race in Bridgetown, Barbados on Sunday. Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., came out of the water in sixth position and then helped the chase pack advance. The 23-year-old really opened up his power though on the run to claim his first career victory.
“I am stoked to get my first win,” said Hinton. “I had a solid swim and after we caught the leaders I knew it was going to come down to a really hot run. The American, Tommy Zaferes, pushed hard with about 1.5 kilometres to go, but I was able to hold on to his move, and push passed him with about 500-metres left. I knew then it was time to celebrate!”
Zafares was second and Manuel Huerta, of Puerto Rico, was third. In the women’s race Canada’s Dominika Jamnicky, of Port Hope, Ont., narrowly missed the podium with a fourth-place finish.
Kyle Jones and Andrew McCartney raced the World Triathlon Series in Cape Town, South Africa on Sunday against many of the sport’s best athletes. Jones, of Oakville, Ont., was in the chase pack after the 1.5 km swim and 40-kilometre bike, led the Canadian duo with a 24th-place finish in 1:47:39. While McCartney held on to the chase pack, the Victoria resident struggled on the fast pace run dropping back to 31st spot in a time of 1:48:19.
Javier Gomez won for the second year in a row following another head to head with Great Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee. Gomez out-sprinted Brownlee in 1:44:52. Brownlee clocked 1:45:11, while Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy was third in 1:45:35.