On Monday it was the sprint distance. Today it was the super-sprint, but the folks at the top of the podium didn’t change as Quebec’s Mathis Beaulieu and British Columbia’s Colette Reimer won again in the super-sprint event at the Canada Summer Games in Welland, On.
It was Beaulieu’s fifth straight win after taking the national championship, two straight Europe Junior Triathlon Cup races and Monday’s sprint. The 18-year-old won in 22:53.
“I felt like I had a lot of pressure to do well for Team Quebec and I wanted to make my province proud, so I’m really happy about that. It takes some of the pressure off,” said Beaulieu. “Today was a little more difficult, but I was expecting it. I’m not much of a sprinter, so I knew it would be close in the end because the other guy was really good. It all went really well. The swimming was hard, we were on the outside and the current was strong, but we came back and worked together on the bike, and it worked.”
“In a 5km (run), I usually create a good gap with my opponents, I attack right from the beginning,” Beaulieu continued. “Today, I had to keep some energy for the end, because everything happens in the final sprint.”
That final sprint for the win was between Beaulieu and B.C.’s Danial Damian, who would cross the line a second behind the Quebec athlete. Nicolas Harvey, also from Quebec, rounded out the podium.
Reimer continues B.C. excellence at Games
“It is super exciting to race for Team B.C.,” Reimer said. “I’ve always seen my other teammates in past years dominate for Team B.C., so it is exciting to add to their medal count today.”
“The swim was super aggressive,” the 21-year-old said after winning the race in 25:57. “I came out a little further back in the swim, and with a strong wind on the bike again it was really strung out for an 8 km bike, but I managed to work my way back to the front. On the run I battled it out with (Alberta’s) Sophia Howell. It was super exciting to break away in the last stretch.”
Howell would take second in 25:57, with Manitoba’s Anja Krueger rounding out the podium in 26:02.
The final triathlon event of the Canada Summer Games takes place tomorrow, the mixed relay.