Cana­di­ans hang tough at the Pan Am Games

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Cal­gary’s Ellen Pen­nock fought her way to a break­through six­th­place per­for­mance (1:58:42) at the Pan Amer­i­can Games Triathlon in Toronto. Ed­mon­ton’s Paula Find­lay fin­ished ninth (1:59:55), and Guelph, Ont.’s Joanna Brown fin­ished in 13th spot (2:02:04). Chile’s Bar­bara Riveros out­ran the field (35:20) to take the gold medal in 1:57:18. “The run went out quick and my legs just weren’t quite ready for the first kilo­me­tre,” said Pen­nock. “My coach says I al­ways work bet­ter from the back end so it was nice to get a neg­a­tive split. I just en­joyed the cheer­ing from that home­town crowd com­ing in. It is some­thing I will never for­get.”

Cale­don, Ont.’s An­drew Yorke laid it all on the line in Toronto, but with 2 km to go and run­ning in sec­ond, the chase pack upped the pace and he wound up in sev­enth (1:49:31). Tyler Mis­lawchuk of Oak Bluff, Man. raced with a bro­ken rib and man­aged a 10th place fin­ish (1:49:54). Oakville, Ont.’s Kyle Jones did not fin­ish due to me­chan­i­cal is­sues dur­ing the bike ride. Mexico’s Crisanto Gra­jales (1:48:58) edged out Amer­i­can Kevin Mcdow­ell (1:48:59) for the vic­tory. “I just felt to­day this is my place, my fans, and I went for it. I wanted it to­day. I gave it all I had. It just wasn’t enough,” said Yorke.

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