The Canadian team of Amelie Kretz, Tyler Mislawchuk, Joanna Brown and Alexis Lepage finished fifth at the World Mixed Relay Championships in Hamburg, Germany on Sunday. The result not only includes some precious Olympic qualification points, but it also matched their career best in the race.
Completing a 300m swim, 7K bike and 1.6K run four times, it was Kretz who took the first leg out for the Canadians. “I knew the swim was going to be crucial to put myself and the team in a good spot after the first leg,” said Kretz. “I worked hard with the American girl on the bike and we were able to connect with the leaders before T2.”
Kretz handed off to Mislawchuk, who stayed with the leaders and posted the third-fastest time. Next up was Brown, and Lepage had the anchor leg. “I am so proud of our team today,” said Brown. “I knew that we could be in contention because our team has talent. We have all proven we can deliver under pressure and deal with the chaos in all racing situations.”
France ended up taking the title in a time of 1:20:18. The Germans finished four seconds back, and Australia took the final spot on the podium with a time of 1:20:43.
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A day earlier, the athletes competed in the World Triathlon Series race. On the men’s side, Australia’s Jacob Birtwhistle took the win – his second of the season. Vincent Luis (FRA) and Jelle Greens (BEL) followed. Mario Mola (ESP) andLéo Bergere (FRA) rounded out the top five. Alexis Lepage was the top Canadian in 27th. Tyler Mislawchuk was involved in a crash and finished 44th.
On the women’s side, Non Stanford (GBR) took the win. She was followed by Cassandre Beaugrand (FRA) in second, and American Summer Rappaport finished third. Rachel Klamer (NED) and Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR) rounded out the top five. Joanna Brown was the lone Canadian in the race and finished 13th.