posted on July 09, 2012 15:18
Edmonton – Gabrielle Edwards continued her winning ways in 2012 winning a bronze medal at the Pan American Triathlon Championships in Edmonton, AB on Sunday. This marked the 3rd podium finish for Edwards this season with three National events to go. And, even more significantly, Edwards bested all Canadian junior women in the field, finishing 17 seconds ahead of Amelie Kretz with a total time of 1 hour, 3 minutes, 16 seconds. Edwards finished in third place to Mexico’s Adriana Barraza (gold) and Tamara Gorman (silver) from the United States. In a close race, Barraza’s winning time was 1:02:58. With this result, Edwards officially qualifies for the World Junior Championships, later this year in New Zealand.
Earlier in the month of June, Edwards won gold at the Playtri Triathlon in Dallas, Texas and won silver at Saskatchewan’s own Craven Genki Junior Elite race against a field of the best junior elite triathletes from across Canada. It was Kretz who won gold at the Pike Lake Craven Genki race so this result from Sunday sets the stage for more head-to-head competition between Kretz and Edwards during the next three Triathlon Canada Teck National Races in the series. The second race in the series is set for July 21st in Magog, Quebec. Race #3 occurs August 4th in Ottawa and Junior Nationals will close out the series on August 18th in Kelowna, BC.
Robert Bigsby, also from Saskatoon, used his strong run skills to climb the results ladder, finishing 34th overall against the tough Pan American junior men field. His overall time of 58 minutes, 41 seconds was good for 10th among Canadian junior men in the field. Regina’s Nicole Cripps finished with a time of 1:14:55; good for 13th among Canadian junior women in the field.
PATCO is a Pan American confederation with 38 national members including Triathlon Canada. The PATCO Junior Championships provided all junior Canadian participants with the chance to qualify for the World Junior Championships later this year in New Zealand. The top two Canadian junior women out of the best five and the top two Canadian junior men out of the best ten qualified for World’s.