Canada’s Andrew Yorke had the race of his life finishing fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Strathclyde Country Park this morning. The 24-year-old Yorke, of Caledon, Ont., hammered through the tough course in a time of 1:50:40.
“It was awesome! I did not expect that at all. I just felt like I had nothing to lose today and no one expected me to do this,” said Yorke, whose previous best was a top-15 at a WTS race in Japan this year. “This was my breakthrough race. It was just awesome after working so hard to have a result like this.”
Competing on his 23rd birthday, Matthew Sharpe worked hard as a domestique on the swim and bike for Yorke and Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., to position them well for the run. Kyle Jones just missed the top 10 finishing in 11th with a bad leg cramp. Sharpe took 21st in 1:56:56.
“We had a plan and we stuck to it the whole time,” said Sharpe who was celebrating his 23rd birthday. “My role was clear cut today to make sure the guys were well positioned. I’m happy it worked out with a great result for Canada.”
Alistair Brownlee won with his brother Jonathan grabbing second and Richard Murray taking third.
Social media exploded this morning with congratulations for team Canada. Yorke’s coach Barrie Shepley posted on Twitter: “Andrew Yorke your @c3trainingclub couldn’t be more proud… “A dig-deep maned up effort today. Good things come to those who earn it. You did!”