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.