Rio de Janeiro — The results were not what was planned for, but Canada’s triathletes will leave Rio with a course filled with valuable lessons as they ready themselves for the 2016 Olympic Summer Games.
Kyle Jones, of Oakville, Ont., led the Canadians with an 18th-place finish, while Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland battled through the tough heat and challenging layout to finish as the top female Canuck in 22nd.
Competing in his first full race since the spring after being sidelined with concussion symptoms sustained after a crash on the bike, Jones was solid in the 1.5-kilometre ocean swim at Copacabana Beach before working in the chase pack on the 40-kilometre bike course. Jones persevered through the intense heat to clock a time of one hour, 50 minutes 38 seconds (1:50:38).
Andrew Yorke, of Caledon, Ont., was 20th at 1:50:50, while Tyler Mislawchuk, of Oak Bluff, Man., placed 34th at 1:51:53.
Javier Gomez earned Spain a spot on the Olympic start list after winning the men’s race with a time of 1:48:36. Vincent Luis, of France, was second at 1:48:40, while South Africa’s Richard Murray held on for the bronze medal with a time of 1:49:01.
Gwen Jorgensen continued to confirm she is the one to beat in the Olympic women’s race in one year’s time. The American hammered the field again to post a winning time of 1:58:46. Non Stanford, of Great Britain, was second at 1:59:06, while Vicky Holland, also of Great Britain, placed third at 1:59:27.
Sarah-Anne Brault, of Quebec City, placed 41st (2:06:29), while Edmonton’s Paula Findlay was 43rd (2:06:54).