PALAMOS, Esp.–Canada’s Kyle Jones and Kirsten Sweetland both grabbed fifth-place finishes at a triathlon World Cup race in Palamos, Spain on Saturday.
Feeding off a second-place finish at the Edmonton World Cup last month, the 28-year-old Jones, executed his race tactics to near perfection despite finishing just off the podium with a time of 1:49:03 on the 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10-kilometre run course.
“I was motivated to race well today. I had an awesome swim coming top-10 out of the water so I was rubbing shoulders with some of the fastest swimmers in the sport,” said the Olympian from Oakville, Ont., “I rode smart and stayed out of trouble on the bike. It was a decent finish; just seconds off the podium so overall I’m happy with the effort.”
Britain’s Mark Buckingham grabbed the gold medal in the men’s race with a time of 1:48:50. Russia’s Dmitry Polyanskiy ran to the silver medal, clocking-in at 1:48:52.
The top finish in the women’s race by a Canadian was also a fifth by Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland.
The 24 year old was in the hunt for the medal after a solid swim, but was given a controversial penalty for a false start. Sweetland posted a time of 2:02:52.
“I was first to not make the break out of the water, and had plans of trying to chase up, but the penalty left me chasing the second pack instead unfortunately,” said Sweetland. “I worked hard on the bike with little help to get to the front pack, but had no luck. My running is coming along and I am happy to racing near the podium consistently after such a long time away.”
Battling injuries for the last four years, Sweetland had her first podium in three years when she was third at the Edmonton World Cup.
Amelie Kretz, of Blainville, Que., who won her first-ever World Cup sprint start in Edmonton, struggled with the heat to finish 12th with a time of 2:03:59.
“It was a hard and hot race. I was expecting a better result than that,” said Kretz. “I didn’t have the swim I was hoping for but I knew I had strong riders in my pack so we had a chance to catch the leaders. I had a bad transition two. I tried to catch the leaders, but they were too far ahead. I was slowly catching a couple of girls in front of me, but ran out of fuel in the last kilometre. I am still trying to learn how to race an Olympic distance triathlon.”
Katie Hursey, of the United States, won the women’s race with a time of 2:01:19. Italy’s Annamaria Mazetti was second at 2:02:06. Australia’s Tamsyn Moana-Veale rounded out the podium in third at 2:02:08.
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Complete ITU World Cup Results (1.5km Swim, 40km bike, 10km run): www.triathlon.org
Top-Five Men’s Results:
1. Mark Buckingham, GBR, 1:48:50; 2. Dmitry Polyanskiy, RUS, 1:48:52; 3. Yegor Martynenko, UKR, 1:48:53; 4. Sebastian Rank, GER, 1:48:58; 5. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Ont., CAN, 1:49:03.
Top-Five Women’s Results:
1. Katie Hursey, USA, 2:01:19; 2. Annamaria Mazzetti, ITA, 2:02:06; 3. Tamsyn Moana-Veale, AUS, 2:02:08; 4. Vendula Frintova, CZE, 2:02:41; 5. Kirsten Sweetland, Victoria, CAN, 2:02:52
Other Canadian Results:
12. Amelie Kretz, Blainville, Que., 2:03:59
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