posted on July 22, 2012 11:37
MAGOG, QUE – Gabrielle Edwards (far left in picture) and Quebec’s Amelie Kretz continue to trade podium positions after Kretz won gold at Magog, Quebec on Saturday. Edwards won silver and earned her fourth podium finish of the 2012 race season with a finishing time of 1 hour, 2 minutes, 50 seconds in the sprint division race. This placed her 41 seconds behind Kretz and her gold medal performance in the junior women’s division. The Magog event was race #2 of the Triathlon Canada Teck National Race Series. Camille Delamarre from Quebec was third. Earlier in July, Edwards defeated Kretz and all other Canadian junior women triathletes in Edmonton at the Pan American Junior Triathlon Championships (the Edmonton race is not part of the Triathlon Canada race series). In June, Kretz held off Edwards to win the top spot on the podium at race number 1 of the national race series event held in Saskatchewan.
Regina’s Aidan Katz had one of the strongest results of his junior elite race history with a 13th place finish against a tough field of 67 male junior athletes in Magog. Katz finished the sprint race with a time of 57 minutes, 7 seconds. Saskatoon’s Robert Bigsby was 20th despite being less than 30 seconds behind Katz. And Regina’s Sean Hooper finished 29th completing the race in 58:56. Hooper’s time was almost 4 minutes faster than the time he posted in Edmonton but all of the Saskatchewan triathletes faced a significantly stronger level of competition in Magog. Magog is the triathlon competition sight for the 2013 Canada Summer Games.
Six other Saskatchewan athletes competed on Saturday with one additional podium finish. Saskatoon’s Keisha Besler finished 3rd and won bronze in the 15 and under female race. Saskatoon’s Brammon Edwards, younger brother of Gabrielle Edwards, finished 8th in the 15 and under men’s race, followed closely by Regina’s Brennen Smith in 11th. Saskatoon’s Mina Wardrop was 16th for the 15 and under women. All four will represent their sport districts at the 2012 Saskatchewan Summer Games in Meadow Lake. Rachael Edwards and Chris Malin, both of Saskatoon, competed in the under 23 and elite divisions respectively. Unfortunately, neither Edwards nor Malin finished their events facing minor medical issues leading to the DNF results.