THE 2018 COM­MON­WEALTH GAMES

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - SWIM BIKE RUN TRANSITION - BY KEVIN MACKIN­NON

While it wasn’t un­til 2002 that triathlon be­came an of­fi­cial sport at the Com­mon­wealth Games, Canada’s rich mul­tisport his­tory at the games ac­tu­ally goes back to 1990. Triathlon was an ex­hi­bi­tion sport that year at the games in Auck­land, New Zealand. Or­ga­niz­ers were no doubt mo­ti­vated to in­clude triathlon on the agenda be­cause two of the world’s best were Ki­wis and they came through with the gold medals. Rick Wells took the men’s ti­tle over Aus­tralia’s Brad Be­van and Greg Welch. Erin Baker won the women’s race over Cana­dian Carol Mont­gomery with another Kiwi, Erin Christie, tak­ing the bronze. The event also hosted an elite ju­nior race, which fea­tured a Cana­dian sweep of the podium as Dave Smit, Andrew Mac­martin and Erik Myl­ly­maki took all three medals.

Fast for­ward 12 years to Manch­ester, Eng­land, where triathlon is now an of­fi­cial sport in the games. This time, there’s another sweep of the top of the podium, but it’s not the home coun­try that earns the top hon­ours – Canada’s very own Si­mon Whit­field and Carol Mont­gomery took gold that day. (Another 2000 Olympian, Sharon Don­nelly, would win the sec­ond-pack sprint that day, fin­ish­ing fifth.)

Since that heady race day in Manch­ester Canada has won just one more medal – Kris­ten Sweet­land’s ca­reer-come­back sil­ver-medal per­for­mance in Glas­gow in 2014. So how do things look for Canada head­ing into this year’s event? Here’s our pre­view of the up­com­ing 2018 Com­mon­wealth Games triathlon, which takes place on Aus­tralia’s Gold Coast on April 4 (in­di­vid­ual events) and April 6 (Mixed Team Re­lay).

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