Alberta Boy Solen Wood Finishes Middle of the Pack in Youth Olympic Games Triathlon

BUENOS AIRES, Arg.—Canada’s Solen Wood rebounded after a difficult swim to put in a solid 16th-place effort in the men’s triathlon race at the Youth Olympic Games on Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The Lethbridge, Alta. teen finished in the middle of the field of athletes ranging from ages 15 to 18 after clocking in at 56:56.

“The race went alright. I’m a little disappointed with the quality of my swim today, but my bike and run were solid. It was an exceptional experience,” said the 17-year-old Wood.

Coming out of the 750-metre swim well back of the leaders, Wood charged into opening transition at Green Park and organized himself in a nice pack of athletes for the 20-kilometre bike ride where they caught five other riders before entering second transition for the 10-kilometre run course.

“It was a fast course with a few technical turns on the bike,” added Wood. “On the run my legs felt pretty good. I was just focused on catching as many people as I could.”

Dylan McCullough, of New Zealand, posted a golden time of 53:27. Portugal’s Alexandre Montez finished in the silver medal position at 53:39, while Italy’s Alessio Crociani placed third with a time of 53:45.

Triathlon is one of 28 sports in the Youth Olympic Games programme which brings together more than 3,500 athletes from 200 countries around the world.

“The Games have been a tremendous experience, and a really great opportunity to learn about racing abroad,” said Wood. “It’s been a long journey to get here, and I am now really looking forward to taking advantage of all the activities the Games hold.”

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