This past weekend was one to remember for all Canadians, and for those that call this country home. For a few Canadian triathletes, the Canada Day weekend included some hardware.
Dongdaihe ASTC Triathlon Asian Cup
On June 30th, Michael Lori, from Tecumseh, Ontario, won the ASTC elite race in Huludao City, China. Lori won the Olympic distance triathlon in a time of 1:53:04, just 11 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor, Daniel Coleman from Australia. Third place was Ognjen Stojanovic from Serbia. For much of the race, Lori stayed in the leading pack, before running away from his competition in the 10km run.
On July 1st, it’ll be Canada’s 151st birthday. Tonnes of parties will be happening coast-to-coast this Saturday and Sunday. While the festivities kick off this weekend, many of Canada’s top ITU racers will be repping the red and white around the world.
Iseo – Franciacorta ITU World Paratriathlon Series
This weekend in Italy, Stefan Daniel came second in the PTS5 category. Daniel came out of the water over a minute back of eventual winner Geroge Peasgood of Great Britain. Then in the bike, his deficit climbed to over three minutes. On the 5km run, Daniel nearly pulled back the gap, running a 16-minute split to finish in second.
Jessica Tuomela finished fifth in the PT6 division.
Larache ATU Sprint Triathlon African Cup
In Larache, Morocco, a total of six Canadian men toed the line for the elite men’s race: Charles Paquet, Alexis Lepage, Edouard Garneau, Aiden Longcroft-Harris, Thomas Windisch and Hamish Babin.
After a string of disappointing results, both Paquet and Lepage made the podium in Morocco. Paquet finished in second, and Lepage came in third. The three other Canadians, Garneau, Windisch and Babin finished inside the top 20.
Holten ETU Sprint Triathlon Junior/Premium European Cup
Out in Holten, Holland, the top Canadian junior male was Tate Haugan in 22nd. Then in the women’s race, the lone Canadian was Colette Reimer, who finished in 25th.
In the elite men’s race, the top Canadian male was Martin Sobey in 18th. Brennen Smith finished in 32nd and Alexander Hinton in 48th. On the Women’s side, the top Canadian was Kyla Roy who edged out Elisabeth Boutin for 18th. Keisha Besler came in 24th, and Abby Speirs finished in 34th.
Salinas CAMTRI Triathlon American YOG Qualifier
Then in Ecuador, the youngsters of Triathlon Canada came back home with some hardware. Brock Hoel finished on the podium in second. While Solen Wood finished in 13th and Keagan Ingram came in 48th. In the women’s race, Alexandrine Coursol the lone Canadian finished in 28th.