Canada’s Mislawchuk runs to triathlon World Cup victory in Mexico
HUATULCO, Mexico – Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk won the Triathlon World Cup on Sunday, the last men’s race of the Olympic qualifying period. The 26-year-old Oak Bluff, Man.
HUATULCO, Mexico – Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk won the Triathlon World Cup on Sunday, the last men’s race of the Olympic qualifying period.
The 26-year-old Oak Bluff, Man., Who had won the same race two years earlier, weathered the heat on a scorching scorching morning to complete the sprint distance event in 53 minutes nine seconds for his third World Cup victory.
“It’s so good,” Mislawchuk said. “Me and (Matt Sharpe) deployed together today was awesome. It was a statement day for sure and it feels good.
“To be honest whether or not I won today doesn’t matter. I know I’m confident with where I am right now, but it validates all the hard work we’ve put in. . “
Mislawchuk’s victory two years earlier in Huatulco was part of a decisive season that saw him climb his first World Triathlon Series podium with a bronze medal in Montreal, then win the Olympic test event in Tokyo before the closure of the international sports world due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’ve trained so hard for the past 18 months. We emptied our souls training in Hawaii and haven’t been home for 14 months, living in a suitcase. I dedicate my life to that and all. is going on in there, so I’m very happy, ”he said.
Mislawchuk was only four seconds behind the leader at the end of the 750-meter swim on Sunday. It was a large group that included Victoria’s Sharpe for the 20 kilometer bike stage.
“Matt and I set the tone in the water and were able to control the pace on the bike. It was just a great day to see it all pay off,” said Mislawchuk.
Canadians Charles Paquet, John Rasmussen and Jeremy Briand were also in the lead. They tactically pushed their way through the peloton for three laps before Mislawchuk climbed up front to position himself for a solid race, which he led all the way.
“I was on the run first, then I picked up my pace,” he said. “After the first round I was a bit early and kept looking back to see who was with me, but no one was there. I wasn’t expecting it and just decided.” Let’s go, ”Mislwachuk said.
“It was super humid and hot. I could tell people felt it there. Everyone in sports suffers, no matter who you are, but for some reason my body responds well to the heat. . “
Manoell Messias was second in 53:21, while his Brazilian compatriot Miguel Hidalgo was third in 53:22.
Briand, of Sainte-Julie, Qc, was ninth, Paquet, of Port Cartier, Qc, 16th, Rasmussen of Hamilton 27th and Sharpe 41st.
Canadian Amélie Kretz finished fifth in the women’s competition, her last Olympic qualifying event.
Competing in his fourth race in five weeks to accumulate Olympic qualifying points, the 28-year-old from Blainville, Que., Finished in 1: 00.57.
“Today was a tough race but a good end for this block (of races),” she said. “I hope it’s enough, but my fingers crossed,” said Kretz, who has finished in the top six twice in the four races.
Dane Albert Kjaer Pedersen won in 1: 00.24.
Dominika Jamnicky of Guelph, Ont., Was 10th in 1: 01.21. Emily Legault of Île Perrot, Que., Was 14th in 1: 01.37.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 13, 2021.
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