Kyle Jones

Professional Triathlete & Canadian Olympian


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Kyle Jones and Amelie Kretz Crowned National Triathlon Champions in Quebec

MAGOG, Que.—Kyle Jones and Amelie Kretz successfully defended their national titles at the Canadian Triathlon Championships being held in conjunction with the Pan American Cup race in Magog, Que. on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Jones put his second win in consecutive weeks under his belt before heading to the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. The Oakville, Ont. based Olympian was the lone Canadian on the men’s podium after posting a winning time of 53 minutes 48.8 seconds in the sprint race which consists of a 750 metre swim, 20 kilometre bike and 5 kilometre run.

“Things felt really good today for me. I know my fitness is there and the body felt good. It was really neat to race against Alan (Webb) from the U.S. and I’m happy with how things went,” said Jones, who has rattled off three straight national titles. “These two races at home in Canada was perfect preparation for the Commonwealth Games. Not only being in a comfortable place, but having success was also good for me mentally.”

Jones was sandwiched on the podium by two Americans. Webb finished behind Jones in the sprint finish with a time of 53:50.7. Kaleb Vanort rounded out the men’s podium in third at 53:53.0. Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., was in the mix until midway through the run where he dropped off the pack to finish fourth at 54:03.08, giving him second place in the National Championships.

Jones, who is competing in his first-ever Commonwealth Games, crossed the finish line and kept on running to the airport to catch his flight to Glasgow.

“I’m really looking forward to representing Canada at the Games,” said Jones. “The men’s race is really top heavy with the Brownlees (Great Britain) obviously but I’m feeling good and I’m going to give everything I have. I think the course suits me over there.”

Meanwhile, Amelie Kretz, also won her second-straight Canadian Championship crown. Making her return from injury which has kept her out of most of the season, the Blainville, Que. native dropped the field to win the women’s elite sprint race handily with a time of 1:02:14.8.

Kretz pulled ahead of friend and training partner, Joanna Brown of Carp, Ont., who secured the silver medal with a time of 1:02:45.1. American, Summer Cook, grabbed the bronze at 1:03:01.2.


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Canada’s Kyle Jones Strikes Gold at Toronto’s ITU Pan American Cup Race

TORONTO— Kyle Jones completed a strong tune-up race before representing Canada at the Commonwealth Games by winning the men’s ITU Pan American Cup Race in Toronto on Saturday. Dominika Jamnicky captured her first career win in the women’s race.

The 29-year-old Jones, who grew up just west of Canada’s largest city in Oakville, Ont., was at the front of the pack through the 1.5-kilometre swim in Lake Ontario, the 40-kilometre bike that blasted past many of Toronto’s key landmarks and the 10-kilometre run where he pulled away from the field to post a winning time of 1:48:26.

Jones and Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., controlled the pace while marching shoulder-to-shoulder through each of the three legs until Hinton was forced to serve a penalty during the run allowing Jones, a 2012 Olympian – to run to gold in the unofficial test event for the 2015 Pan Am Games that will take place in exactly one years time in Toronto.

Hinton settled for the silver medal at 1:48:35. Jason Wilson, of Barbados, was third at 1:49:36.

Jones will now pack his bags and head off to Glasgow, Scotland for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, July 23 – August 3. The ITU Pan American Cup Race was being held in conjunction with the Toronto Triathlon Festival, which highlighted a weekend of sport and cultural celebrations as Toronto officially launched its one year countdown to hosting the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Complete ITU Pan American Cup Results (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, 10 km run): www.triathlon.org

Top-Six Men’s Results:

1. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Ont., CAN, 1:48:26; 2. Alexnder Hinton, Kingston, Ont., CAN, 1:48:35; 3. Jason Wilson, BAR, 1:49:36; 4. Gaspar Riveros, CHI, 1:49:55; 5. Alexix Lepage, Quebec, CAN, 1:50:00.


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Canada’s Kyle Jones Posts Season Best Result in 15th at World Triathlon Series in London

LONDON—It may not have been a podium, but his 15th-place finish was a huge confidence boost that Canada’s Kyle Jones needed as the World Triathlon Series descended on the 2012 Olympic course in London on Saturday.

The 29-year-old Jones was the top Canuck on a course where he made his Olympic debut that starts and finishes in historic Hyde Park, and winds its way past many of London’s most famous landmarks. Jones, of Oakville, Ont., clocked a time of 50 minutes 20 seconds in the sprint race distance.

“I’m very happy with my finish today and I think it was important for me to get a result like that under my belt,” said Jones, who was recently named to Canada’s 2014 Commonwealth Games Team. “Yokohama (earlier this month) was a serious wake up call for me that I needed to back off and get some rest. Not so much over training rather than under recovered. This was a good step in the right direction today.”

Jones had a solid 750-metre swim storming out of the Serpentine in the middle of the pack to set himself up for a four-lap 20-kilomtre bike that tour’s past one of the world’s largest city’s top attractions including Buckingham Palace, Wellington Arch and Constitutional Hill. With the leaders trying to break away mid-way through the bike, Jones sat in the chase group that bridged to form a lead pack in the third lap of the bike to set up a five-kilometre all-out sprint to the wire.

“The swim was rough with 65 guys all fighting for position over a short distance,” said Jones “Initially one group got away on the bike but we had one large pack by 10 kilometres. I sat in and waited for the run which went out very fast.”

“There were about eight-to-10 guys in the lead group, and I was at the front of the second group. I lost a few positions in the final sprint, but otherwise I am happy with the race overall. I’m feeling much better now and excited for the rest of the season.”

Spain’s Mario Mola reeled in the Brownlee brothers on the run to take not only his first World Triathlon Series title, but also became the first athlete outside the Brownlee’s or Javier Gomez to win in nearly two years. Mola clocked a golden time of 49:46.

Richard Murray, of South Africa sprinted to the silver at 49:47, while Portugal’s Joao Pereira grabbed the final spot on the podium after posting a bronze-medal time of 49:49.

Victoria’s Andrew McCartney was the only other Canadian in the race and finished 51st at 52:15.

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Meanwhile the two Canadians to suit up for the women’s sprint race finished mid-field in London. Sarah-Anne Brault, of Quebec City, battled into 22nd spot on the pancake flat course. The 24-year-old Brault, who sat fourth overall on the World Triathlon Series standings heading into the race, punched the clock at 56:27.

Calgary’s 21-year-old Ellen Pennock, continued her development into an elite level racer with a 35th-place finish. Pennock, who along with Brault were both also named to Canada’s Commonwealth Games squad, clocked-in at 57:17.

American Gwen Jorgensen won her second straight race after breaking the finish tape with a time of 54:44. Sarah Groff, also of the United States, was second at 55:12, while Australia’s Emma Jackson celebrated the bronze medal with a time of 55:19.

The fifth stage of the eight-race World Triathlon Series, which culminates with the Grand Final in Edmonton August 26 – September 1, now travels to North America for a race in Chicago June 27-29.

Complete World Triathlon Series Results (750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run): www.triathlon.org

Top-Five Men’s and Canadian Results:

1. Mario Mola, ESP, 49:46; 2. Richard Murray, RSA, 49:47; 3. Joao Pereira, POR, 49:49; 4. Alistair Brownlee, GBR, 49:52; 5. Jonathan Brownlee, GBR, 49:58

Canadian Results:

15. Kyle Jones, Oakville, Ont., 50:20; 51. Andrew McCartney, Victoria, 52:15


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Triathlon Canada Nominates Six Athletes to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Team

Ottawa – A group of six Canadian athletes are hungry to deliver a knockout punch when they step onto the starting pontoon for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23 – August 3, 2014.

A team of three women and three men – five who have won World Championship and World Cup medals and one with Olympic experience – will showcase a new era for triathlon in Canada when they wear the country’s red and white race suits while swimming, biking and running in Strathclyde Country Park on the southeastern edge of Glasgow for the triathlon events this summer.

“The Commonwealth Games will be a coming out party of sorts for this very young, yet talented, group of athletes that have made huge progress, and demonstrated over the last few years they can perform under some of the most intense conditions,” said Libby Burrell, high-performance director, Triathlon Canada. “As a team, we have been focused on making steady progress while advancing many of these dedicated individuals from the development to elite level racing.”

“This will be the first multi-sport Games competition for many of these athletes so it will be a major benchmark for Triathlon Canada to evaluate the athletes’ progress on the road to Rio 2016,” said Chantal Petitclerc, Chef de Mission of the Canadian Team. “This is a confident group of energetic Canadians dedicated to excellence. They have all had a great deal of success at the development level, and are now ready to take on many of the world’s best in Scotland. I look forward to cheering them on in Glasgow, and welcome them to the 2014 Canadian Team!”

Athletes nominated by Triathlon Canada to Team Canada for the 2014 Commonwealth Games are:

Kirsten Sweetland (Victoria) – Considered a medal contender in Scotland thanks to her two, top-10 results on the World triathlon Series over the last year including career-best sixth, and seventh-place finishes. At just 25 years old, Sweetland is the veteran of the Canadian women, and has climbed onto the podium at nearly every level of the sport including World Cup and Under-23 and Junior World Championships.

Sarah-Anne Brault (Winnipeg) – Now living in Quebec, Sarah-Anne earned her spot on the Commonwealth Games squad with two impressive top-10 finishes of her own on the World Triathlon Series this year that have propelled her to fourth overall in the official World Triathlon Series rankings. The 24 year old narrowly missed the podium at the season-opener in Auckland, New Zealand where she was fourth. Brault was mixing it up with the greatest names in the sport again this month in Yokohama, Japan where she was seventh.

Ellen Pennock (Calgary) – One of the most promising athletes in the sport, the dynamic 21 year old locked up her spot after finishing second at the Under-23 World Championships last year. She backed that performance up with a fourth-place finish in a high-quality World Cup field in Mooloolaba, Australia this spring.

Kyle Jones (Oakville, Ont.) – The lone Olympian to make the Canadian Triathlon Commonwealth Games Team, Jones will headline the men’s squad. The 29 year old secured his spot after finishing as the top Canadian at the Grand Final of the 2013 World Triathlon Series in London where he was 19th. Jones’ best result this year was an eighth-place finish at the World Cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand.

Andrew Yorke (Caledon, Ont) – Yorke put down his career-best 15th-place finish at the World Triathlon Series in Yokohama, Japan to secure his ticket to Scotland. An alternate on Canada’s 2012 Olympic Team, the 25 year old has steadily been climbing his way up the international rankings.

Matthew Sharpe (Victoria) – In an effort to provide Jones and Yorke the best opportunity to climb onto the podium, Triathlon Canada are exercising a team-concept strategy by naming Matthew Sharpe to the final spot on the men’s team. A strong swimmer and cyclist, the 22-year-old Sharpe will work the pack to support Canada’s top-two medal contenders. The bold approach is not new for Triathlon Canada as the organization implemented at similar strategy for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games when Colin Jenkins helped propel Simon Whitfield to a silver medal in Beijing. 

 “Congratulations to the Canadian triathletes who, today, join our team for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow,” said the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). “We are anxious to see you go up against the best athletes in your discipline, achieve great things, and demonstrate your skills and determination to the world.”

The Commonwealth Games individual triathlon races will take place on July 24. The team relay will take centre stage on July 26.

A team of 265 athletes and close to 100 coaches and support staff will be in Glasgow, Canada’s largest Team ever fielded for a non-home Games.  The entire Canadian Team, as well as the team’s flag bearer, will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in July 2014.

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will be held from July 23rd to August 3rd, 2014, and will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish soil.


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Three Canadians into Top-10 at Triathlon World Cup in New Zealand

NEW PLYMOUTH, Nzl.—Three of Canada’s best triathletes had a solid final tune-up race for the start of the World Triathlon Series with each of them storming into the top-10 at a World Cup in New Plymouth, New Zealand on Sunday.

Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland led the Canadian charge, and narrowly missed the podium with a fifth-place finish. The 25-year-old Victoria resident clocked a time of 58 minutes, two seconds (58:02) in the 750-metre swim, 20-kilometre bike, and five-kilometre run sprint distance race.

Sweetland and teammate, Paula Findlay, put together a solid swim and bike before the field separated itself on the run. Competing in just her second World Cup race in three years, Edmonton’s Findlay took another step forward in her rebuild from injury to her top form that saw her win five World Triathlon Series races. Findlay, who was 17th last week, was ninth on Sunday with a time of 58:44.

Katie Hursey, of the United States, won the women’s race with a time of 57:27. Andrea Hewitt, of New Zealand, thrilled the hometown crowd with a silver-medal time of 57:38. Jodie Stimpson, of Great Britain, rounded out the women’s podium in third at 57:39.

Kyle Jones, of Oakville, Ont., also took a step forward in his preparations for the start of the World Triathlon Series. The 29-year-old Jones grabbed eighth spot with a time of 53:13.

“This was a nice progression from last weekend. I feel all is looking well heading into the first race in Auckland in two weeks time,” said Jones. “I’m very happy with the race today.”

Spain’s Mario Mola won for the second straight week after posting a time of 52:30. Javier Gomez, also of Spain, grabbed the silver after stopping the clock at 52:33, while Portugal’s Joao Silva finished third at 52:56.

Victoria’s Andrew McCartney placed 39th at 54:42. Two other Canadians – Victoria’s Matt Sharpe and Winnipeg’s Tyler Mislawchuk, also hit the start line, but did not finish.

1. Mario Mola (ESP) 52:30
2. Javier Gomez (ESP) 52:33
3. Joao Silva (POR) 52:56
4. Fernando Alarza (ESP) 53:03
5. Brendan Sexton (AUS) 53:08
6. Ryan Sissons (NZL) 53:10
7. David Hauss (FRA) 53:11
8. Kyle Jones (CAN) 53:13
9. Dan Wilson (AUS) 53:22
10. Laurent Vidal (FRA) 53:26

For complete results of the New Plymouth World Cup, click here.


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Triathlon Canada Hands Out 2013 Excellence Awards

TORONTO—The names Kyle Jones, Kirsten Sweetland, Jennifer Hopkins and Stefan Daniel headline a list of Canadian triathletes that will receive Triathlon Canada’s 2013 Excellence Awards.

As the nation’s top athletes gear up for another season of swimming, biking and running, Triathlon Canada recognized the top performers for the 2013 season.

Jones, of Oakville, Ont., was named the Male Triathlete-of-the-Year for the second straight season. Feeding off his Olympic debut in 2012, the 29-year-old Jones was Canada’s top male in a season that was highlighted by a silver medal victory at the World Cup in Edmonton. He capped 2013 off by finishing 19th at the World Championships in London.

“It was a great year for triathlon in Canada and I’m honoured to be recognized for my contribution to the success we had,” said Jones. “The 2014 season is just about to kick off and I’m looking forward to another exciting year on the road to Rio.”

Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland will be recognized for her successful comeback to elite racing by winning the Women’s Triathlete-of-the-Year. The 25-year-old Sweetland had two, top-five finishes on the World Cup including a memorable bronze-medal win in Edmonton. She was also rock solid on the World Triathlon Series with two, top-15’s including a sixth-place finish in Kitzbuhel, Austria.

“Starting last year I really didn’t have any goals other than to be healthy and happy,” said Sweetland. “Every race and result that came was a bonus. To have performed above expectations, and be chosen for this award, is both a surprise and an honour! Thank you to everyone at TriCan for the support last year. I think great things lie ahead for Triathlon Canada!” 

Triathlon Canada also recognized two of its top Paratriathletes who continue to march towards the sport’s Paralympic debut in 2016. Ottawa’s Jennifer Hopkins was recognized as the top women’s Paratriathlete for her third straight victory at the World Championships. Calgary’s Stefan Daniel was named Male Paratriathlete-of-the-Year after capturing a bronze medal in his first World Championships at just 16 years of age.

Triathlon Canada also recognized four athletes in the Under-23 and Junior race categories.

Alexander Hinton, of Kingston, Ont., earned top honours in the Under-23 male category, while Calgary’s Ellen Pennock was the top female in the women’s Under-23. Winnipeg’s Tyler Mislawchuk was the top junior male for the second straight season, while Emy Legault, of Ile Perrot, Que., grabbed the junior girls award.

Triathlon Canada recognized Victoria’s Larry McMahon with the William J. Hallet Excellence Award which recognizes Significant Contributor/Volunteer of the Year Award.

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