Kyle Jones

Professional Triathlete & Canadian Olympian


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Jones Tops Canadian Rio Reconnaissance

Kyle Jones and Kirsten Sweetland led the Canadian contingent at today’s Olympic test event, finishing 18th and 22nd respectively.

Kyle Jones, of Oakville, Ont., led the Canadian men with an 18th-place finish. Jones (1:50:28) finished just a few spots ahead of countryman Andrew Yorke (1:50:50). Tyler Mislawchuk, of Oak Bluff, Man., placed 34th at 1:51:53.

“It’s a great course. Very challenging from the get go. Between the choppy waters of Copacabana, a couple substantial climbs on the bike and the heat and humidity out on the run, it’s very demanding.

I’m proud of the way I raced today. To make my return at the most competitive race of the year and finish inside the top 20 is very encouraging for me. I still think I have more in me and I’m excited to get back to work and make those gains.

The next step is to get back into the top 12 and ultimately the top 8. I’d love to solidify my Olympic spot this year in Chicago. I still need to be patient but a lot can happen in 6 weeks so we’ll see how close we can get.”

Javier Gomez earned Spain a spot on the Olympic start list after winning the men’s race with a time of 1:48:36. Vincent Luis, of France, was second at 1:48:40, while South Africa’s Richard Murray held on for the bronze medal with a time of 1:49:01. Defending Olympic champ Alistair Brownlee faded during the run to finish 10th.

ITU Rio 2015 - Olympic Test Event  Post Race

ITU Rio 2015 – Olympic Test Event


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Jones leads crew into Rio

From: Triathlon Magazine Canada – http://triathlonmagazine.ca/uncategorized/jones-leads-crew-into-rio/

This weekend the world’s top ITU athletes are in South America for … take a deep breath if you’re reading this out loud … the 2015 Rio de Janeiro ITU World Olympic Qualification Event, and if anyone deserves a bit of luck heading into Sunday’s race, it’s Kyle Jones.

Jones is just one of the three men who will be representing Canada in this stacked field – he’s joined by fellow Pan Am Games competitors Andrew Yorke and Tyler Mislawchuk.

On the women’s side of things Canada will be represented by Paula Findlay, Sarah-Anne Brault and Kirsten Sweetland, who has back after dealing with a parasite for the last few months.

Technical Bike Course

Based on his season so far, it would be great if the biking gods would give Jones a bit of a break on Sunday on what is likely to be a challenging, tough and technical bike course. The 30-year-old from Welland suffered a bike crash during a world cup event in March, breaking his tail bone. Then, at the Pan Am Games an athlete knocked a cone into his front wheel, puncturing his tire and damaging his fork and headset, putting him out of the race. All this as he comes back from surgery last fall.

A great race in Rio, though, would put all that frustration behind him. Jones represented Canada at the Olympics in 2012 and would dearly love to get to Rio next summer.

A top result in Rio will net Canada a guaranteed spot in Rio (the top three finishers earn their country a spot), while a top-eight finish would also serve as a qualification standard for the Canadian team.

All of which will be a challenge for Jones, Yorke and Mislawchuk considering the stacked field that includes pretty much all the top ITU contenders except Olympic bronze medalist Jonathan Brownlee.


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Kyle Jones vying for his first Pan Am medal in the triathlon

Video: http://www.chch.com/kyle-jones-vying-for-his-first-pan-am-medal-in-the-triathlon/

On Sunday, July 12th, Kyle Jones will be vying for his first Pan Am medal in the triathlon. He’s finished fourth in last two Pan Am games in 2011 and 2007, and he’s the reigning national champion. Natalie Marconi caught up with him today as he trained near his home in Welland.

The picturesque countryside that surrounds Kyle Jones’s home in Welland, provides the perfect triathlon training grounds. He’s been a junior Canadian champion, a CIS champion, and a three-time national champion. He has traveled all over the globe winning at least half a dozen other competitions, and while he’s come-up just short in the last two Pan Am games, he has the home advantage this time. “I’d like to seize this opportunity for the third time is a charm…hopefully stand on the podium and hopefully that top step.

At the age of thirty, Jones says he has both the skill and experience to rank among the top competitors at the Pan Am games in Toronto. The forty kilometre road cycling course, and ten kilometre run are what Jones says he usually excels-in. But he hopes to fare just as well in the 15-hundred meter Lake Ontario swim that leads the race.

The men’s triathlon takes place Sunday July 12th, at 8:30 am, in and around Ontario Place, familiar territory for an athlete who grew-up in Oakville.

“We spend so much of the year travelling to different countries, so to have the opportunity to have something so close, and to have…everyone who has supported me. It will definitely make it a unique opportunity, something special.”


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Olympians to lead triathlon team at Pan Am Games

Six competitors have been selected to swim, bike and run throughout the Ontario Place West Channel at the Pan Am Games. Triathlon Canada’s picks include longtime national team members and newcomers to race in July.

The women’s team will be led by London 2012 Olympian Paula Findlay. She first became a national team member in 2006, competing in the World Junior Championship. Since then Findlay has built a resume of impressive performances, including becoming the first Canadian to win a World Triathlon Series event in 2010, something she has done five times.

Paula Findlay at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Edmonton on August 30, 2014.

Also in the mix for the women’s team are Joanna Brown and Ellen Pennock. Brown has been a junior triathlon star and Pennock has a World Cup silver to her name.

Team Canada at TO2015 athletes list 

The men’s side will look to impress with three strong performers. Olympian Kyle Jones will be out to win his first Pan Am medal on home soil after finishing fourth at Rio 2007 and Guadalajara 2011. After being named a London 2012 alternate, Andrew York placed fourth at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow last year in a highly competitive field. Tyler Mislawchuk, the newest addition to the national team was the top performer this year placing 10th at the World Triathlon Series.

Kyle Jones

“I’m excited to have this opportunity to step up onto the podium and claim a medal. To have this opportunity at a home Games makes it that much more special. Having family, friends and people that have supported me through my entire career on the sidelines watching will be a unique experience that I look forward to.” Said Jones.

Triathlon will take place on the West Channel, one of five venues included in Pan AM Park. The women will compete on July 11 followed by the men on July 12. (Get tickets)

By Camille Wallace


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