Red-hot Jones wins 3rd ITU triathlon in a row
Canada's Kyle Jones raced to his third consecutive victory Saturday, winning the ITU Triathlon Premium Asian Cup.
Teammate Brent McMahon claimed the bronze.
The 26-year-old Jones, a native of Oakville, Ont., posted a time of two hours three seconds over the 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre bike, and 10K run.
McMahon, from Victoria, locked up third place with a time of 2:01:03.
"It was a very similar race to last week with Brent and I coming out of the water with a lead group of four," said Jones, who has trained alongside former Canada's Olympic champion Simon Whitfield for the last five years.
"We rode together in a group of six on the bike, and I was first out onto the run after a really good transition. I ran controlled for the first five kilometres, and then picked up the pace and opened a 45-second gap."
Ireland's Gavin Noble won the silver in 2:00:48.
The results marked the third straight week Jones has won gold and McMahon has finished third. After battling a series of injuries last season, the two have been striving to improve their international ranking.
Jones claimed his first-ever ITU victory in Ixtara, Mexico, followed by a win in Amakusa, Japan.
"Overall I'm very happy with the last three weeks. The goal was to improve my ranking and I scored maximum points, so mission accomplished," said Jones. "I was also able to gain a lot of confidence, and I feel this trip has helped me improve my preparation leading into races which is going to help me for the rest of the season."
Jones and the McMahon will return to Canada to compete in a World Cup race in Edmonton on July 10.