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Mislawchuk soars to seventh to lead Canadians at WTS Hamburg

Tyler Mislawchuk earned a career-best WTS finish with seventh at this morning’s Hamburg sprint race, completing the distance in 00:52:51 with an 00:08:59 swim, 00:28:13 bike and 00:14:42 run. The 22-year-old was the top Canadian at today’s elite men’s and women’s races and continued to show his consistency at the last WTS race before Rio.

Spain’s Mario Mola, current No. 1 and serious Rio medal contender, took the men’s win in 00:52:19. Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle and Spain’s Fernando Alarza rounded out the podium in second and third respectively.

The only other Canadian male racing today was Andrew Yorke, who took 23rd in 00:53:30. Yorke missed the lead pack of swimmers but proved he too is in fine form heading into Rio with a 00:28:08 bike split and 00:14:51 run.

The women’s race was exciting from start to finish, with the unstoppable Gwen Jorgensen spending the majority chasing after also missing the lead pack of swimmers. In the end, fellow American and Rio team member Katie Zaferes took her first WTS win, with the Netherland’s Rachel Klamer coming in second and Jorgensen taking third, her worst WTS finish in over two years but still a place on the podium.

Canadians Amelie Kretz and Paula Findlay finished 35th and 38th respectively.

Elites will take on a four-member mixed relay race in Hamburg next.