Canadian triathlete Tyler Mislawchuk takes home another World Cup gold
Top-ranked competitor from Oak Bluff, Man., battles through heat in Mexico
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:
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:
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."
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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.