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.