Earlier today in Fyn, Denmark, Team Canada won its first medals at the 2018 World Multisport Championships. The first event of the week-long festival was the standard duathlon.

Matt Straatman the defending age group world champion, made it back to back victories, winning in the 25-29 age group. In the 60-64 age group, Margie Ritchie and Carolyn Silvey came first and second. Paul Huyer came second in the men’s division. Next to make the podium was Chris Schindler, who placed second in the 40-44 age group. Also in second, was Tara-Jay Lapstra. Then in the 20-24 age group, Xavier Girard came in third. Woody Paylor also took second, but in the men’s 75-79 age group.

In the elite men’s race, Andreas Schilling (DEN) won on home soil ahead of Yohan Le Berre (FRA) and Mark Buckingham (GBR). Canadians Jesse Bauer and Stefan Daniel finished in 39th and 42nd.

In the elite women’s race, Illes Sandrina (AUT) became the 2018 duathlon world champion, beating Ai Ueda (JPN) and Georgina Schwiening (GBR). Defending champion, Felicity Sheedy-Ryan came fourth. Canadian Melissa Paauwe came 20th.

The race week continues Sunday with the sprint duathlon.

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