Mario Mola wins Mooloolaba, Michael Lori comes in top 15
Spain’s Mario Mola continued his winning streak at the Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup on Saturday. Fresh off his Abu Dhabi win, he ran away with gold taking the sprint distance race in a time of 00:52:54. Mola’s compatriot Vincente Hernandez pushed Mola for the entire race but wasn’t fast enough to catch the world no. 1 in the final hundred metres of the run.
Canada’s Alexis LePage was right at the front pack with Mola on the bike, after a strong swim helped put him in the lead. An unfortunate spill on the bike caused him to drop from the race.
Michael Lori, who placed 3rd the weekend prior at the OTU Sprint Cup in Wollongong, held on in a tough men’s pack for a 14th place finish. It was a fast final kilometre of the run to secure a top 15 finish, giving Lori one of the top run splits of the day in 15:17.
Canada’s Kyle Jones dropped from the race at T2, saving his energy for the next WTS race in Gold Coast.
Britain’s Jodie Stimpson also claimed her second win of the year, winning the women’s race.
Pulled the plug on the run in Mooloolaba. Not quite recovered yet from last weekend. Little more rest and then we prepare for Gold Coast!
— Kyle Jones (@JonesKyle) March 12, 2016
Canadian Contingent posts strong finishes in Sarasota
Canada had a large handful of athletes racing at the 2016 Sarasota CAMTRI Sprint and Mixed Relay American Championships, the Junior North American Championships and the Paratriathlon American Championships.
Junior development athlete Xavier Grenier-Talavera, hungry for a win after his second place finish last weekend in Clermont, ran away with gold in the Sprint race in 00:52:43. Andrew Yorke finished close behind him in 00:52:49. He will join Jones in Gold Coast next month.
2nd place today in Sarasota. Moving closer towards a solid performance in Gold Coast. Great racing men! #RoadToRio2016
— Andrew Yorke (@trialsyorke) March 12, 2016
The Canadian women had some strong showings as well in the Sprint race. Dominika Jamnicky had the top Canadian result finishing in 5th in a time of 1:00:30.
— Dominika Jamnicky (@DJamnicky) March 13, 2016
She told TMC, “Today was the second hit in the Florida double race CAMTri events (with Clermont last weekend). As always it was a very smooth well organized event and I was lucky to have my parents here cheering me on. Last weekend I was lacking a bit of finesse so today I was looking to change the process of my race. I had a solid swim and made the lead pack. On the bike our pack was split into two and I was part of the break away which eventually got a decent gap. I was happy to finish fifth today.”
Full results for Sprint and Mixed Relay races.
At the Junior North American Championships, Oliver Blecher of Port Hope, Ontario started his season with a win, finishing the sprint distance race in 00:55:14. He was joined on the podium by fellow canuck, 16-year-old Pavlos Antoniades.
Laurin Thorne won the junior women’s race in 1:01:21, earning herself a career-best finish.
Full results for Junior races.
At the Paratriathlon American Championships, Chantal Givens, who we named one of our Elite Paratriathletes of the Year, earned a second place finish in the P4 category. Christine Robbins and her guide Sasha Boulton also claimed a podium spot in the P5 category, taking third.
Just about to board the plane after a great morning of racing. @Beantaggy and I finished 3rd in the Sarasota CAMTRI North American Champs!
— Sasha Boulton (@SashaBoulton) March 14, 2016