Canadian Triathletes Finish Sixteenth at Mixed Relay World Championships in Sweden
—Lauren Campbell leads Canucks in individual races placing 26th—
STOCKHOLM, Swe.—Four Canadian triathletes teamed up to finish in 16th place at the mixed relay World Championships in Stockholm, Sweden on Sunday.
Vancouver’s Lauren Campbell, Andrew Yorke, of Caledon, Ont., Joanna Brown, of Carp, Ont., and Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., got their first taste of racing the recently created exciting race discipline by posting a combined time of one hour, 31minutes, 26 seconds (1:31:26).
“The relay is such a fun event. We were fairly nervous this morning as it was pouring rain, which made things so difficult because most of the course is on cobblestones that got quite slippery. We were slipping and sliding all over the place during our bike warm-up,” said 19-year-old Joanna Brown. “This was our first relay so had no expectations as to where we’d be in the race. The field was super strong. It is a great format that is exciting, fast and brings the team together. I know Canada will excel in the future.”
A new race discipline seeking inclusion into the 2016 Olympic line-up, the relay consists of fourathletes each completing a 300-metre swim, six-kilometre bike ride and a two-kilometre run. Athletes hand tag their teammates at the completion of each cycle.
The powerful British squad won the World Championship title with a time of 1:26:48. France was second at 1:26:58, while Russia came third at 1:27:31.
On Saturday many of the world’s top triathletes hit the start line for individual races at the Swedish stop of the World Triathlon Series.
It was a tough day for the Canucks as Lauren Campbell led the way into the top-30 of the women’s race in 26th spot. The 2008 Olympian completed the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike and 5-kilometre run in a time of 1:02:56. Two-time Olympian, Kathy Tremblay of Montreal, also grabbed the final spot in the top-30 at 1:03:16. Brown placed 39th (1:03:50), while Quebec’s Manon Letourneau placed 41st (1:04:02).
Olympic silver medallist, Lisa Norden, thrilled the hometown crowd by winning the women’s title with a time of 1:00:36.
Meanwhile, Olympic bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee of Great Britain, ran away with the men’s race. Brownlee captured his third straight sprint title with a time of 54:24.
The Canadian men struggled on the challenging Swedish course. Alexander Hinton was the lone Canuck to cross the finish line – placing 54th at 59:50. Kyle Jones, of Oakville, Ont., and Andrew Yorke, did not finish.
Created in 2009, the ITU World Triathlon Series is an innovative series that has the world’s best triathletes compete in eight races around the world. Starting in Sydney, athletes will also compete in the United States, Spain, Austria, Germany, Sweden and Japan before the Grand Final in Auckland, New Zealand. The next stop of the series is slated for Yokohama, Japan on September 29-30, 2012.
Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as anOlympic medal sport since 2000, Triathlon Canada’s mandate is to promote, foster, organize and develop the sport of triathlon, and its related disciplines, in Canada.