Victoria’s Simon Whitfield repeated as the Elite National Triathlon Champion and Edmonton’s Paula Findlay won her second Elite title in three years today in Kelowna.
In the men’s race no significant moves occurred during the swim and bike, but onto the run, Victoria’s Andrew Russell carried a slim two-second lead, trailed by Oakville’s Kyle Jones and Marcus Vinicius Fernandes of Brazil. Just another six seconds back was Whitfield, the defending champion. Whitfield quickly closed the gap with the top 10 km run of the day (30:53), dueled with Jones for virtually the entire run but edged him out in a sprint finish (1:55:41). Unable to match the pace of Whitfield and Jones, Fernandes lost touch during lap three (of four) of the run and finished third (1:56:27).
1. Simon Whitfield (CAN) 1:55:41
2. Kyle Jones (CAN) 1:55:41
3. Marcus Vinicius Fernandes (BRA) 1:56:27
4. Steven Sexton (USA) 1:56:50
5. Kalen Darling (USA) 1:57:09
6. Andrew Russell (CAN) 1:58:20
7. Andre-Paul Baillargeon Smith (CAN) 1:58:32
8. Jon Bird (CAN) 1:58:32
9. Raphael Dos Santos (BRA) 1:58:41
10. Sean Bechtel (CAN) 1:58:46
The women’s race saw Kingston’s Dorelle Hinton make it out of the water first (19:09), but onto the bike the three woman group of Paula Findlay, Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland, and Bermuda’s Flora Duffy worked together to create a two minute plus lead by the start of the run. Plagued by injures this year, Sweetland charged out of transition first, four seconds ahead of Findlay and Duffy. However, Findlay quickly showed why she is currently the most dangerous runner on the ITU circuit (she won the last ITU World Championship Series races) by taking a 9 second lead by the end of lap one, and building on that lead right to the finish. In the end she ran the top split of 33:14, capturing her second Elite Senior National title with a time of 2:02:38. Sweetland had a strong 34:05 run to finish second (2:03:25) and Duffy ended up in third (2:04:47).
1. Paula Findlay (CAN) 2:02:38
2. Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) 2:03:25
3. Flora Duffy (BER) 2:04:47
4. Chantal Widney (CAN) 2:07:02
5. Gwen Jorgensen (USA) 2:09:21
6. Sarah-Anne Brault (CAN) 2:09:28
7. Evelyne Blouin (CAN) 2:11:00
8. Manon Letourneau (CAN) 2:11:35
9. Jessica Broderick (USA) 2:12:15
10. Dorelle Hinton (CAN) 2:13:16
In the Junior Elite women’s race, Carp, Ontario’s Joanna Brown used a blistering 18:24 5 km run (85 seconds faster than the next fastest runner – Dominika Jamnicky of Port Hope, Ontario) to take the Junior National title. Jamnicky finished second (1:03:01), and Ellen Pennock of Calgary, Alberta grabbed third (1:03:16).
Elite Junior Women
1. Joanna Brown (Carp, ON) 1:01:48
2. Dominika Jamnicky (Port Hope, ON) 1:03:01
3. Ellen Pennock (Calgary, AB) 1:03:16
4. Hilary Wille (Victoria, BC) 1:03:26
5. Amelie Kretz (Blainville, QC) 1:03:42
6. Maghalie Rochette (St-Jerome, QC) 1:04:38
7. Aliz E Brien (Pr Vost, QC) 1:05:29
8. Elsabet Lapointe (Vancouver, BC) 1:07:40
9. Abby Miller (Saskatoon, SK) 1:07:50
10. Joanne Traves (Dalmeny, SK) 1:09:19
Victoria’s Matt Sharpe became the National champion on the Junior men’s side. Sharpe and fellow B.C. athlete Cole Stewart worked together during the bike and amassed a 33 second lead over the next closest chase pack, using that comfortable cushion, Sharpe ran a final 17:11 to win in 56:18. After spotting the leaders a 1 minute lead, Caledon’s Taylor Reid roared back with a top bike (28:28) to get himself into 8th position, then had the fastest run of the day (16:54) to take over second place (56:38). Kingston’s Alexander Hinton finished third (56:45).
Elite Junior Men
1. Matt Sharpe (Victoria, BC) 56:18
2. Taylor Reid (Caledon, ON) 56:38
3. Alexander Hinton (Kingston, ON) 56:45
4. Cole Stewart (Langley, BC) 57:08
5. Joel Howlett (Saskatoon, SK) 57:48
6. Ian Donald (Guelph, ON) 57:58
7. Marc-Antoine Christin (Vaudreuil-Dorio, QC) 58:27
8. Riley Unger (Winnipeg, MB) 58:47
9. John Erik Rasmussen (Ancaster, ON) 59:09
10. Derek Quick (St. George, ON) 59:30
The age group and AWAD Canadian National Triathlon Champions were also crowned today in the Sprint and Olympic distances. Visit here for the full results.