CLERMONT, Fla.—Canada’s Hannah Henry opened the 2019 triathlon season with a fifth-place finish at the CAMTRI Sprint Triathlon American Cup development race in Clermont, Florida on Saturday.
The 19-year-old enjoyed a stellar start to the season where she clocked a time of 1:00:59.6.
“I didn’t have many expectations going into my first race, and was just wanting to see where my fitness was at,” said Henry, who is part of Triathlon Canada’s National Performance Centre in her hometown of Victoria. “I was really happy to finish top-five and especially to have a strong swim.”
Feeding off the solid 750-metre beach-start swim where she came out of Lake Louisa in second place out of 38 athletes, Henry handled her own in a lead group for the four-loop 20-kilometre bike course.
“I was in a group of four for the first two laps on the bike until we got caught by the chase pack. It was really hot outside which made the run really hard today. I was happy overall.”
Avery Evenson, of the United States, broke the finishing tape with a time of 1:00:05.5. Japan’s Misaki Kago slid to the silver at 1:00:23.8. Erin Edminister charged to the bronze medal at 1:00:48.9.
On the men’s side of the draw, 18-year-old Pavlos Antoniades led three Canadians into the top-15 on Saturday.
The Trois-Rivières, Que. product also headed to the start line for the first time this year where he completed the sprint distance course in a time of 54:03.7.
“I came into this race not really knowing what to expect. The field was stacked with names I hadn’t heard before,” said Antoniades, who has been juggling training with school over the last two weeks. “My performance today is a sign to me that things are moving in the right direction.”
Antoniades was solid throughout the entire swim, bike, run course to secure the final spot in the top-10.
“It was a hectic swim but I managed to stay in contact with the leaders to make the front pack early on for the 20 kilometres on the bike,” said Antoniades. “The run was hot and tough, but I finished strong. My form is promising, but this is just the beginning.”
Canada suited up 20 athletes for the men’s race. Two other Canucks locked up a spot in the top-15 with Antoniades while competing against 70 athletes from around the world.
Martin Sobey, of Charlottetown, P.E.I. took advantage of a strong run to finish 12th. A member of Canada’s Under-23 World Championship squad last year, Sobey stopped the clock at 54:05.3. John Rasmussen, of Ancaster, Ont., also enjoyed a steady start to the 2019 campaign, posting a 14th-place time of 54:15.0.
Germany’s Lasse Nygaard-Priester topped the men’s field with golden time of 53:13.6. Kevin Bishop, of the United States, was second at 53:23.8, while Spain’s Javier Lluch Perez won the race for the bronze with a time of 53:27.0.
Complete Women’s Results: https://bit.ly/2GTaRK5
Complete Men’s Results: https://bit.ly/2NEPQ6c
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