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2019 Pan American Games preview

Alexis Lepage leads a young Team Canada at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.

On July 27th, the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru will get underway for Triathlon Canada. The team is made up of six athletes, all with individual and team win ambitions.

Alexis Lepage leads Team Canada to the 2019 Pan Am Games. Photo: Delly Carr | ITU Media

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Led by Alexis Lepage from Gatineau, Quebec, Lepage will bring international success to a relatively young team. Earlier in May, the Quebec triathlete finished 3rd at the ITU WorldCup event in Chengdu, China. The 25-year-old also represented Canada at the Commonwealth Games last year. “It’s extremely rewarding to represent Canada in another multi-sport Games, and I look forward to another great adventure in Lima,” said Lepage. “My recent success in Chengdu will keep me confident leading into this race. Our team will be heading there, going for the win. Anything can happen in a relay event, and I know we will be ready to give everything we have.”

Desirae Ridenour will compete at the 2019 Pan American Games.

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Lepage will be joined by Desirae Ridenour, Charles Paquet, Hannah Henry, Taylor Forbes and Karol-Ann Roy.

Since 1995, Canada has earned nine medals in triathlon at the Pan American Games. The last two podium finishes were by Brent McMahon, who won the silver at the 2007 Games and bronze in 2011. The only two gold medals won by Canadian triathletes at the Pan American Games came by Sharon Donnelly (1999), and Jill Savage (2003).

Charles Paquet racing in his WTS debut in Montreal, QC.

The individual triathlon event will take place on July 27. The race will feature a 1500m swim, 40K bike and a 10K run. On July 29th, the mixed relay competition will take place on a super-sprint course. No Olympic qualification points will be on offer at the Pan American Games.