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Sweetland sets Canadian triathlon mark

Kirsten Sweetland became the youngest Canadian to win a triathlon World Cup race by capturing the women's event in Richards Bay, South Africa on Sunday.

Kirsten Sweetland became the youngest Canadian to win a triathlon World Cup race by capturing the women's event Sundayin Richards Bay, South Africa.

The victory moved Sweetland, who is 18 years,eight months old and theworld junior champion, into third in the world rankings.

"I feel great: I really wasn't expecting this," said the Victoria native, who has finished in the top 15 in each of her five career World Cup starts. "It's a lot of adrenaline up at the front and I think that really helped me.

"I'm just on cloud nine right now, I can't believe it."

Sweetland's time of two hours, three minutes, 32 seconds put her 15 seconds ahead of Olympic bronze medallist Magali Di Marco Messmer of Switzerland. Christiane Pilz of Germany was third.

Neither Christine Jeffrey of Guelph, Ont., nor Edmonton's Carolyn Murray finished the race.

South Africa's Hendrik De Villiers won the men's race in 1:52:53. Ukraine's Volodymyr Polikarpenko (1:52:56) finished second, while Russian Alexander Brukhankov (1:53:01) was third

Hamilton's Colin Jenkins was the top Canadian, finishing 41st, while Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., was 55th.

With files from the Canadian Press