Cana­di­ans Net Three Top 10s in ITU Mixed Team Re­lays

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While the team hasn’t been able to du­pli­cate the im­pres­sive fifth place fin­ish they en­joyed at last year’s Triathlon Mixed Team Re­lay World Cham­pi­onship in Ham­burg, Team Canada has been able to net three top-10 fin­ishes in the series in 2018. Things got started in Not­ting­ham, U.K., where Joanna Brown, Tyler Mis­lawchuk, Amelie Kretz and Matt Sharpe fin­ished sev­enth.

Kretz lead off the Cana­di­ans and quickly ran into rough traf­fic on the swim.

“I was right up there and got pulled back, then the girls swam on top of me and I was stuck un­der­wa­ter for a few sec­onds,” she said. Kretz was part of a small group that tried to bridge the main group on the bike, but couldn’t quite close the gap. “I had a good [sec­ond tran­si­tion], and ran as hard as I could, but I was pretty far back from that main group. It was a re­ally dis­ap­point­ing leg for me.”

Mis­lawchuk came in with a strong over­all per­for­mance, notch­ing the third-fastest over­all time and fourth-fastest run be­fore hand­ing off to Brown. Sharpe then capped the race by lay­ing down the day’s fastest swim be­fore a slip and fall on the tran­si­tion deck left him in­jured – but he sol­diered on, and the Cana­di­ans fin­ished 1:07 off the win­ning pace.

Next up in the series was the Mixed Team Re­lay World Cham­pi­onships in Ham­burg, where De­sirae Ri­de­nour re­placed Kretz to start the team off. Once again the team found it­self in chase mode and was never able to con­tend for the top spots, even­tu­ally fin­ish­ing 10th.

In Ed­mon­ton Brown took the open­ing leg of the race, pulling her­self from 16th out of the wa­ter to third as she tagged off to Mis­lawchuk, who found him­self du­el­ing with the lead group of seven through­out his leg. Next up was Ri­de­nour, who was dropped from the lead group as the Amer­i­can and Great Bri­tain teams piled on the pres­sure lead­ing into the fi­nal leg. She kept the team in sev­enth as she tagged off to Sharpe, who held his own de­spite do­ing the en­tire leg solo to keep the team in sev­enth.

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