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Legault takes second Americas Cup silver in two weeks in Chile

Quebec athlete starts season off with a bang in South America

Photo by: Emy Legault Instagram/ Carlos Javier Quinchara Forero

Canada’s Emy Legault has enjoyed two weekends of silver-medal finishes thanks to a runner-up finish behind Brazil’s Luisa Baptista today at today’s Americas Triathlon Cup and South Americas Championship Villarrica. It’s been a terrific two-week stretch for the 26-year-old from Ile Perrot, Quebec – last week she was a close second to Baptista at the Americas Cup Vina del Mar. Today the two were neck and neck through 7.5 km of the run before the Brazilian pulled clear for a second straight win.


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Japan’s Sarika Nakayama led the women out of the water, with Legault and Baptista close behind, and all three were part of a small group that stayed clear through the bike. Nakayama and Legault led out onto the run course, but it wasn’t long before the Canadian and Baptista ran clear. Then, in the last of the four-lap 10 km run, Baptista managed to get away from Legault to take the win in 2:01:01, with Legault finishing 10 seconds later. Nakayama would round out the podium in 2:03:08.

You can find full results here.

The podium was a repeat of last weekend’s top-three in Vina del Mar, where Baptista got to the line just a second ahead of Legault. (Results from that race are here.)

“Silver yesterday and happy to be in contention for the win until the end,” Legault posted on Instagram after her race last weekend. “It’s one thing to train well and know you’re improving, but its another thing to put it together in a race. Yesterday most of my nerves pre race were related to showing to myself I could put swim-bike-run together to the same level I had been training at the past few weeks. Yesterday I made myself proud.”


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Antoniades takes seventh

Brazil’s Manoel Messias also took a second straight win in Chile this weekend, outrunning countryman Miguel Hidalgo to take the men’s title in 1:48:08. Canada’s Pavlos Antoniades finished seventh in 1:49:24, with countrymen Michael Simard taking 16th in 1:52:10 and Brodie Marshall finishing 22nd in 1:54:37.

Click here to see results from the men’s race.