Et oui, NOTRE Yanick Leduc du Québec a gagné en U23 le championnat canadien en distance Olympique. Nous avons désormais un champion canadien québécois dans sa catégorie. En fait, cela montre bel et bien qu’il existe un petit groupe très fort en U23 d’ici. En fait, Tibodeau prend la deuxième place, David Gagnon la 4ième, Alexandre Day la 5ième et Alexandre Ricard la 7ième. La grande classe!
Chez les séniors, le duel entre Whitfield et Kyle Jones a bien eu lieu. Tout comme les manches sur l’ITU, le verdict s’est décidé au sprint, les deux finissants dans la même seconde. Est-ce un signe que la passation des pouvoirs approchent? Possible, dommage qu’il n’y ai pas un plus de concurrence en avant. Patrice Hamelin termine 14ième, ou 7ième canadien a 4 minute de Whitfield.
Chez les femmes, notre chouchou Findlay a encore gagné devant une Sweetland qui gagne aussi en confiance. Ne cherchez pas Tremblay, elle n’était pas là.
Findlay and Whitfield take honours at the 2010 Canadian National Triathlon Championships and ITU Kelowna Pan American Cup
August 22, 2010
Kelowna, BC – Pre-race favourites Paula Findlay and Simon Whitfield were crowned Canada’s 2010 National triathlon and ITU Pan American Cup champions in Kelowna this weekend. The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon hosts both the Canadian National Triathlon Championships and the ITU Kelowna Pan American Cup, featuring two races in one.
It was by no means an easy win for Whitfield, coming in just twenty hundredths of a second ahead of teammate Kyle Jones. Marcus Fernandes of Brazil followed Whitfield and Jones in third position in the ITU Kelowna Pan American Cup, which featured 66 athletes from eight countries. A split second seems to be the way it goes with the Elite Men’s race. In 2009 Jones finished behind Whitfield, just ten hundredths of a second ahead of Paul Tichelaar.
Since only Canadians can place in the National Championships, Andrew Russell’s sixth place overall, placed him in third place for Elite Male in the National Championships.
The young women proved their mettle this weekend. The first three places overall in the ITU Kelowna Pan American Cup were taken by U23’s. 21-year old Findlay was followed by Kirsten Sweetland of Canada and Flora Duffy of Bermuda. The race included 26 women from six countries. Chantal Widney, fourth overall, placed as third Elite Woman in the Canadian Championships.
Within the U23 category of the Male Elite event of the Canadian National Championships, Yanik Leduc placed first, with Jean-Phillipe ThiBodeau second and Tyler Bredschneider third. The female U23 category was taken by Paula Findlay, Kirsten Sweetland in second and Sarah-Anne Brault third.
The Canadian Triathlon Championships include the Age Group Sprint and Olympic distance, with the same distances for paratriathletes. For detailed results please consult the Race Headquarters website, the official timekeepers for this event on http://www.raceheadquarters.com/results/multi_2010.htm With more than 1,800 event entries for the three-day event and close to 1,200 volunteers, the Pushor Mitchell Kelowna Apple Triathlon is not only the largest Canadian triathlon, but also one of the best organized events in Canada, comparing favourably with several leading world triathlon events. It offers races for all ages and stages, from Kids of Steel to the Try-a-Tri, the business challenge relay, competitive age-groupers, and of course, peaking with the Male and Female Elites.
The Pushor Mitchell Apple Triathlon was the final preparation for Canada’s Elite and Age group athletes who will be participating in the ITU Triathlon World Championships in Budapest this September.
Triathlon Canada is the governing body for triathlon in the country. Recognized as an Olympic 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. For more information on Triathlon Canada, please visit us at www.triathloncanada.com on the Internet.
Canadian National Championships: Elite Men
1) Simon Whitfield 126.96.36.199; 2) Kyle Jones 188.8.131.52; 3) Andrew Russell 184.108.40.206
Canadian National Championships: Elite Women
1) Paula Findlay 2.02.37; 2) Kirsten Sweetland 2.03.25; 3) Chantal Widney 2.07.02
Canadian National Championships: U23 Men
1) Yanik Leduc 2.01.29; 2) Jean-Philippe Thibodeau; 2.01.54 3) Tyler Bredschneider 2.02.21
Canadian National Championships: U23 Women
1) Paula Findlay 2.02.37; 2) Kirsten Sweetland 2.03.25; 3) Sarah-Anne Brault 2.09.28
ITU Kelowna Pan American Cup: Elite Men
1) Simon Findlay (CAN) 220.127.116.11; 2) Kyle Jones (CAN) 18.104.22.168; 3) Marcus Fernandes (BRA) 22.214.171.124
ITU Kelowna Pan American Cup: Elite Women
1) Paula Findlay (CAN) 2.02.37 2) Kirsten Sweetland (CAN) 2.03.25 3) Flora Duffy (BER) 2.04.47