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Simon Whitfield Withdraws from Edmonton World Cup

A hamstring tweak forces Whitfield to stay home. Canada will have many others to pick up the slack.

Simon Whitfield, 37, will not race on Sunday at the Edmonton ITU World Cup.

Whitfield suffered a minor injury to his hamstring during training, and will stay home in Victoria to get back to 100% for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games in London.

“I was really looking forward to racing in front of the passionate triathlon fans in Edmonton, but unfortunately I just can’t risk having it develop into anything worse this close to the Olympics,” said Whitfield to Triathlon Canada. “I have had a small tweak in my hamstring during training. It is feeling good right now. I’m fortunate to have coach Jon Brown, and our super phsyio, Marilyn Adams, to lean on and guide me back to full training. I expect to be back at 100 per cent by early next week, but in this case caution is the better part of valor.”

He also tweeted the following: “@EdmTriathlon can’t believe I can’t make it to Edmonton to race. Great Canadian city #cityofchampions best of luck to everyone racing!!”

Regardless, Canada will still have strong representation at the event:

Canadian Women

Canadian Men

Sarah-Anne Brault

Mireille Rodrigue

Joanna Brown

Stevie Moore

Lauren Campbell

Madi Serpico

Alexandra Coates

Evangeline Fletcher

Allison Hooper

Dominika Jamnicky

Manon Letourneau

Jillian Whyman

Ellen Pennock

Chantell Widney

Jordan Bryden

Taylor Reid

Alexander Hinton

Matthew Sharpe

Yanik Leduc

Matt Vierula

Andrew McCartney

Andrew Yorke

John Rasmussen

Check out our Edmonton ITU World Cup Preview.

Highlights of Canada’s the Edmonton Triathlon Festival will be televised on CBC, July 21 from 5-6 pm EST.