Two-time Olympian Tyler Mislawchuk will line up at the second World Cup of the Olympic qualifying period this weekend at the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco, looking to take his third-straight win at the sprint-distance event. Mislawchuk will be joined by a large Canadian contingent at the race.
A year ago the win at the race in Mexico seemed to signal that Mislawchuk was ready for a big day at the Olympics, but an Achilles injury derailed his day in Tokyo, where he would end up duplicating his 15th-place finish from Rio five years earlier.
Last year the race served as a run-through for the Canadian team strategy for Tokyo, with Mislawchuk following teammate Matt Sharpe’s wheel into T2 in a perfect position, then blasting through the 5 km run, holding off Brazil’s Manoel Messias for the win.
Last year’s third-place finisher, Miguel Hidalgo (BRA), will wear race #1 on Saturday – he’s coming off a sixth-place finish at the World Triathlon Championship Series Leeds.
Other Canadians who will be joining Mislawchuk at the race in Huatulco include Martin Sobey, Aiden Longcroft-Harris, Filip Mainville, Liam Donnelly and Brock Hoel.
Legault leads large Canadian contingent
We profiled Emy Legault in the May issue of Triathlon Magazine Canada, highlighting her three-podium year so far that makes her the highest ranked Canadian (38th) in the World Triathlon Rankings right now. Legault will be joined on the start line in Mexico by last year’s Olympic alternate, Dominika Jamnicky, Alexandrine Coursol (who we just profiled on the site), Brittany Warly and NCAA champion Kira Gupta-Baltazer.
Legault was outsprinted to the line a couple of times earlier this year by Brazil’s Luisa Baptista, who is one of the pre-race favourites for Saturday’s race. Austria’s Lisa Perterer has finished third in Huatulco the last two times the race has been run (2019 and 2021), so look for her to be in the mix once again. Fresh off the biggest win of her career at the Challenge Championship, Spain’s Sara Perez Sala returns to draft-legal racing this weekend, too.
How to watch:
The women’s race goes on Saturday, June 18 at 6 PM local time (7 PM EST) and will be streamed on TriathlonLive.
The men go on Sunday, June 19 at 8 AM local time (9 AM EST) – it will also be streamed on TriathlonLive.