Canadians podium at Husky Triathlon Festival sprint, Craig Alexander wins half distance
The Canadian triathletes who train with the Wollongong Wizards have been dominating local short course races down in Australia recently. Earlier in the month they raced at a local sprint triathlon near their training base, where several earned podium finishes. This past weekend, they continued to give Canada some great representation at another Australian race.
An other good hit at #Huskytri Happy to come up with the win. https://t.co/EuDxd8G8Bk
— Amélie Kretz (@AmelieKretz) February 20, 2016
The Husky Triathlon Festival took place over the weekend and lots of big names were there racing. The event had sprint and half distance races as well as other shorter fun events for single-sport athletes. A 10 year old race, Husky has come to be well-known and loved in Australia. As such, it’s no surprise that triathlon legends Craig Alexander and Paul Ambrose chose to race the long course event. Alexander won the race in under 3:40, proving he may be retired from full distance racing but can still dominate the half distance. On the women’s side, the podium looked similar to that of Ironman 70.3 Geelong just a few weeks ago, with Melissa Hauschildt taking first and Radka Vodickova rounding out the podium in third.
Canada had four Wollongong Wizards racing the sprint distance. Amelie Kretz won the women’s event in 1:03:31. Sarah-Anne Brault placed third just around a minute behind her.
Tyler Mislawchuk took third with Alexis LePage crossing the line under 30 seconds behind him to finish in fourth. Fellow “wizards”, Ryan Bailie and Jake Birtwhistle, placed first and second respectively.
The ITU training squad is currently getting ready for the upcoming races that can help them qualify for Rio. Mislawchuk, alongside fellow Canadian men Kyle Jones and Russell Pennock, will line up for the WTS season opener in Abu Dhabi in less than two weeks. Brault and will race as the only two Canadian women.