HUATULCO, Mexico — Tyler Mislawchuk earned a silver medal in a World Cup sprint triathlon Sunday.
The two-time Olympian from Oak Bluff, Man., finished just one second behind winner Genis Grau of Spain in a three-man foot race for the podium.
Triathlon's sprint distance features a 750-metre swim, 20k bike and 5k run.
Brazilian bronze medallist Miguel Hidalgo was just two seconds back of Mislawchuk, who won the Huatulco race in both 2021 and 2020.
“It was a bit of a strange race,” said the 27-year-old Mislawchuk. “On the run it was kind of like a championship style track event where I pushed the first bit, but realized there was fifteen or twenty guys with us.
"Tactical until the end and I got caught off guard going into the last corner. After I tore my Achilles (tendon) last year I didn’t know if I was ever going to be on one of these podiums again.
"You never know when your last podium is. I’ll enjoy this one."
Mislawchuk's silver follows Emy Legault's in the women's race Saturday.
The 26-year-old from Ile Perot, Que., earned her first World Cup medal finishing second by 12 seconds to Germany's Annika Koch.
Canadian triathletes also reached the podium Sunday in a World Para Cup in A Coruna, Spain.
Calgary's Stefan Daniel won gold in the standing men's classification. Kamylle Frenette of Dieppe, N.B., earned bronze for the second time in as many weeks in the same women's classification.
Daniel, a four-time world champion who is a cross-country runner for the University of Calgary, lost time on his swim leg, but made up ground via the bike and run Sunday.
“I went off track in the water and lost quite a lot of time because of it,” Daniel said. "Once I got to transition, I was able to refocus and ride as hard as I could.
“I had the best ride of my career which I’m very proud of."
He was second in a para World Cup in Besancon, France last week.
Stefan beat runner-up Filipe Marques of Portugal by 55 seconds Sunday. Australia's Jack Howell was third.
Frenette, who finished fourth in her Paralympic debut last summer in Tokyo, reached the podium again after finishing third in France.
"I’m very happy to be heading back home with two bronze medals in my suitcase,” she said.
“My goal today was to stay in control and follow my race plan, and I did exactly that. These last two weeks have been a great foundation to the 2022 season and I’m excited to keep building up from here.”
Grace Norman of the U.S. was first ahead of runner-up Claire Cashmore of Britain.
Canada's triathlon teams head home for the world sprint and relay championship Saturday and Sunday in Montreal.
A World Para Triathlon Series event follows July 4-9 in that city.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 19, 2022.
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