Tamara Jewett overcomes 4-minute deficit to prevail at Canadian triathlon championship

Former University of Toronto track and cross-country runner Tamara Jewett was victorious in the women’s race at the Canadian Pro Triathlon Championship on Saturday, defeating 2016 Olympian Amélie Kretz and three-time Ironman 70.3 champion Rach McBride.

Jewett posted a time of two hours one minute 42 seconds in the 1,500-metre swim, 40-kilometre bike and 10 km run events on a cool and windy day in Caledon, Ont.

Kretz finished in 2:03:02 followed by McBride in 2:03:40.

Saturday’s swim event was performed as a time trial separate from the bike and run so athletes began the bike competition in order of their swim finish.

Jewett, in her second season competing as a pro, posted a time of 19:23 in the swim for a sixth-place finish while Kretz was nearly two minutes faster in 17:26 for second. However, Jewett edged Kretz for third in the bike (1:07:22) and ruled the run, making up a four-minute deficit to defeat the latter by more than two minutes (34:59-37:09).

Following a breakthrough 2018 season in her first full campaign in triathlon, Jewett broke her collarbone last summer before placing third at Ironman 70.3 Buenos Aires in November to qualify for the 2020 world championships in Taupo, New Zealand.

But worlds was cancelled in July to do the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled for Sept. 17-18, 2021 in St. George, Utah.

A series of injuries led Jewett to try swimming and biking for cross-training before the 30-year-old transitioned to triathlon.

C3 Canadian Cross Training Club in Bolton, Ont., offered its private access to the swim and bike venues for Saturday’s event, which offered $20,000 in prize money while each athlete received a $500 appearance fee to cover expenses.

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