Amelie Kretz is clearly over the injuries that held her back for most of the 2014 season, with back-to-back podium finishes. Winning Wollongong last weekend the 21-year-old Kretz took second in the ITU World Cup in Mooloolaba today in 1:01:46. The Canadian women, including Paula Findlay and Sarah-Anne Brault, worked together in the top pack on the swim and bike, Kretz stormed to the front with a 16:51 5km run to grab silver behind Spain’s Tamara Gomez Garrido who won in 1:01:42. Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle was third in 1:02:01.
Kretz told Triathlon Canada, “I was feeling strong and confident. My training has been going very well here in Australia…Winning last week just confirmed my fitness was coming around. I was confident that I could execute a good race. It feels great to get a medal on a classic World Cup course here in Mooloolaba. The race is always hard here and the field always strong. It’s a big World Cup so it feels good to finish with a medal.”
Paula Findlay and Sarah-Anne Brault also had solid performances taking 11th and 13th respectively in 1:02:41 and 1:03. They’re both poised for a great season ahead. Before the race Findlay told TMC, “I’m excited about getting back to racing this Saturday. I’ve had a good winter of training and my body is healthy, I know that I still have big fitness gains to make throughout the season but I’m in a good place for March and I’m looking forward to giving my best effort on the day.”
— Amélie Kretz (@AmelieKretz) March 14, 2015
On the men’s side David Hauss, of France, won the men’s race with a time of 55:22, Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle was second in 55:24 and Spain’s Vicente Hernandez was third in 55:31. Ontario’s Michael Lori was the top Canadian in 17th with a time of 56:03.3.