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Mac triathlete savours “awesome” moment


Andrew Yorke (Photo: Pete Self/McMaster Athletics)

Andrew Yorke (Photo: Pete Self/McMaster Athletics)

McMaster University Marauders’ cross country alumnus Andrew Yorke completed a successful day for Canadian triathletes by crossing the line in fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

After Kirsten Sweetland had provided Canada’s first medal at the Games with a silver in the women’s event, Yorke took the difficult men’s field by storm to clinch the best result of his young career.

The former Canadian Junior Triathlete of the Year finished the course in a time of 1:50.40, just one minute and 50 seconds behind race winner and current Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee.

“It was awesome,” said Yorke of his achievement. “I did not expect that at all. I just felt like I had nothing to lose today and no one expected me to do this. This was my breakthrough race. It was just awesome after working so hard to have a result like this.”

His previous best result had been a top-15 finish in a World Triathlon Series event in Japan.

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