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Tyler Mislawchuk sprints to second in Huatulco

Canadian takes fourth-straight podium finish at Mexican event

Photo by: World Triathlon/ Tommy Zaferes

There’s no two ways about it – Tyler Mislawchuk excels at the World Triathlon Cup Huatulco event. For the fourth straight time he earned a podium finish, taking second (as he did last year) after his two wins at the race in 2019 and 2021.

Mislawchuk, a two-time Olympian for Canada, was among the leaders out of the water, then was one of the quickest out of transition to ensure he was part of the lead pack on the bike. When the large lead group hit T2 together, it set up a 5 km running race for the win. While fellow-Canadian Brock Hoel made an appearance at the front early on in the run, a group of four including Mislawchuk, David Castro Fajardo (ESP), Aram Michell Penaflor Moysen (MEX) and defending champion Genis Grau (ESP) separated themselves from the rest of the bunch.

Those four would end up contesting the sprint for the medals, with Castro Fajardo blasting clear on the blue carpet for the win. Mislawchuk would finish ahead of Penaflor Myosin for the final two podium spots.

“Anytime you are on the podium it is nice,” said Mislawchuk. “I was a few metres short – you always want to win those races, but you can’t complain.”

“I think I could have run a bit faster, but it was a bit of cat and mouse the whole run,” he continued. “I didn’t want to lead and be the idiot that got passed in the end. I lost anyways, but I gave it my best shot,” said Mislawchuk. “He (David Castro) is one of the best finishers in the world. He smoked the field two weekends ago at European Championships so it’s nice to be in that company. I know he is in good form. It’s definitely a good sign for me heading into next weekend (WTCS Montreal).”

In terms of other Canadian men, Hoel would finish 12th, Martin Sobey would finish 14th, Filip Mainville took 20th, Clayton Hutchins finished 34th, one spot ahead of junior star Mathis Beaulieu. Jérémy Briand took 46th, while Liam Donnelly didn’t finish.

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