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Weekend Roundup: Canadians race down under

Wollongong Wizards race local Kurnell Triathlon 


Members of Wollongong Wizards, an ITU training squad based in Australia, raced in the local Kurnell Sprint Series Triathlon in New South Wales on February 7th. There are several Canadians on the team, including Sarah-Anne Brault, Amelie Kretz, Tyler Mislawchuk and Alexis Lepage, all of whom raced on the weekend.

On the men’s side, Mislawchuck and LePage placed second and third respectively, behind Australia’s Jake Birtwhistle.

Gwen Jorgenson, currently the most dominant woman in ITU racing, won the women’s race. Kretz placed second.


Montgomery and Hauschildt win Ironman 70.3 Geelong

Credit: Delly Carr (www.ironman.com)
Credit: Delly Carr (www.ironman.com)

Ironman 70.3 Geelong took place on February 6th in Geelong, Victoria, Australia. For the first time ever, the men’s title was claimed by someone other than Craig Alexander. Alexander withdrew from the race at T2, after riding the fastest bike split of the day.

Jake Montgomery took his first Ironman 70.3 victory in a time of 3:51:48. The 21-year-old rode a 2:06:18 bike split, smashing the previous bike course record. Frenchman Cyril Viennot and Australian Josh Amberger finished second and third respectively.

On the women’s side, Australia’s Melissa Hauschildt took the title in a time of 4:14:28. Her victory was six minutes faster than runner-up, Annabel Luxford. Radka Vodickova of Czech Republic finished third.

Two Canadian age-groupers raced Ironman 70.3 Geelong. Jonathan Malo (30 – 34) finished in a fast time of 4:42:15. Tamara Cousineau (25 – 29) finished top 15 in her age category in 5:12:26.

Full results here.