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Top Canadian age group results from Day 2 in Kona

Four Canadian men raced to top-10 results at the Ironman World Championship on Saturday

Photo by: Kevin Mackinnon

Day 2 of the Ironman World Championship featured the men’s pro race and most of the men’s age groups. The pro race saw an incredible battle between Norwegians Gustav Iden and Kristian Blummenfelt and Frenchman Sam Laidlow, with Iden taking the win in a course record of 7:40:24. That was just the start of the day’s drama, as thousands of age groupers had yet to come down Ali’i Drive and across the finish line. Of those thousands of athletes, four Canadian men flew to top-10 results. Here’s a look at those top Canadians.

In the men’s 18 to 24 age group, Manitoba’s Jameson Plewes ran to second place in 9:11:09. This is Plewes’s second worlds podium result in the past five months, as he won the 18 to 24 Ironman world title in St. George in May. His swim put him in fourth out of the water, and while his bike was 12th-fastest among his age group, he charged onto the podium with the third-fastest marathon of the day, running 3:16:48. Also in the 18 to 24 age group, Jeremie Martin of Quebec finished in seventh, crossing the finish line in 9:29:42.

Simon Leblanc of Saint-Prosper, Quebec, finished in eighth in the men’s 30 to 34 age group, stopping the clock in 8:51:18. Leblanc was named Triathlon Magazine Canada’s 2021 Triathlete of the Year after a 14th overall finish at Ironman Lake Placid and an 8:25:26 result at Ironman Cozumel. Leblanc had previously competed in Kona in 2019, when he placed seventh in the 25 to 29 age group.

The men’s 45 to 49 age group saw Martin Caron of Penticton, B.C., finish in eighth in 9:12:20. Caron had some work to do after the swim, as he exited the water in 125th in his age group, but he used the 13th-fastest bike split and fourth fastest marathon on the day among 45 to 49ers to shoot up the leaderboard and into the top 10.