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Canadian triathlete Tyler Mislawchuk takes home another World Cup gold

Canadian triathlete Tyler Mislawchuk won the gold medal on Sunday at a World Cup stop, giving the No. 1-ranked athlete in the men's field the second victory of his career.

Top-ranked competitor from Oak Bluff, Man., battles through heat in Mexico

Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk cross the finish line to win the World Cup triathlon stop in Huatulco, Mexico on Sunday, June 9, 2019. (Chris Dornan/Triathon Canada)
Canadian triathlete Tyler Mislawchuk won the gold medal on Sunday at a World Cup stop, giving the No. 1-ranked athlete in the men's field the second victory of his career.

The Oak Bluff, Man., native, battling through the extreme Mexican heat, ran away from the field to post a winning time of 55 minutes four seconds in the sprint distance race.

American Morgan Pearson finished second at 55:11, and Manoel Messias of Brazil clocked a time of 55:19 to finish third.

"You can see how I look. It was hot today," said Mislawchuk, who in March became the first Canadian in six years to climb to the top of the World Cup podium. "I felt OK though. I ran my own race from the start, and it worked out.

"I never thought I would win once in my career, so to win two, I'm over the moon. We the north."

WATCH | Mislawchuk races to victory in Mexico:

The Oak Bluff, Man., native, battled through the extreme Mexican heat to win his 2nd career World Cup gold. 1:07

Mislawchuk took advantage of a stellar 750-metre beach-start swim, where he was first out of the water and onto the bike for the four laps on the relatively flat cycling course. Hopping off the bike with a large pack of riders strung out in second transition, the 24-year-old Mislawchuk took control of the race when foot hit the pavement.

Victoria's Matt Sharpe was the only other Canadian to crack the top-10, finishing in sixth place with a time of 55:31. Alexis Lepage, of Gatineau, Que., placed 11th at 55:38.

WATCH | Mislawchuk reacts to his victory:

Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk spoke after his Triathlon World Cup win in Oaxaca, Mexico. 1:24

Amelie Kretz was the top Canadian in the women's World Cup sprint race on Sunday.

The 26-year-old from Blainville, Que., struggled through the warm water and high humidity to finish 12th with a time of 1:01:54.

"It was a tough race today," she said. "The goal was to just stay cool for as long as possible.

"I had a rough start on the swim but was able to make my way back to the main group. It was a pretty sketchy ride with a lot of nervous girls on the rough pavement, so I stayed near the front. The run was tough. I was overheating the whole way, but I started to feel better on the second lap."

Summer Rappaport of the United States won the women's race with a time of 1:00:56. Russia's Alexandra Razarenova was second and Austria's Lisa Perterer was third.

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