Legault lands his first podium in the Triathlon World Cup

HUATULCO, Mexico — Canadian Emy Legault may have shocked the peloton, but not herself, after racing to her first Triathlon World Cup podium on Saturday in Huatulco, Mexico. The 26-year-old native of Ile Perrot, Quebec.

HUATULCO, Mexico — Canadian Emy Legault may have shocked the peloton, but not herself, after racing to her first Triathlon World Cup podium on Saturday in Huatulco, Mexico.

The 26-year-old from Ile Perrot, Que., raced to the silver medal with a time of 1:00:14 in a thrilling sprint distance race.

“It’s a pretty incredible feeling,” said Canada’s top-ranked female triathlete. “At first I couldn’t believe it, but it’s starting to sink in now, so I’m pretty happy.”

Germany’s Annika Koch won her first World Cup race with a time of 1:00:02. Italy’s Bianca Seregni was forced to settle for the bronze medal after a sprint with Legault to determine the final two spots on the women’s podium.

A determined Legault was well placed in the water until things got tough with the 55 women battling to position themselves around the first buoy. But Legault continued to battle in the top 10 where she left the 750 meter swim, 30 seconds behind the leading pace.

The Canuck quickly grabbed four spots in the field while coming out of the first transition and onto the first of the four-lap bike course in extremely hot and humid conditions.

Legault and Koch went stride for stride for the first half of the five-kilometre race with the Canadian in front heading into the second lap. But it was Koch who escaped on the final lap, leaving Legault and Seregni to battle the final two rounds for the silver and bronze medals.

“One of the Canadian coaches was there just to cheer her on and tell me to stick with her, so I tried my best, but then I heard people cheering for the athletes behind us, so I thought they were coming, so I just kept going as hard as I could. I could. I didn’t want to miss the podium,” Legault said.

Other Canadian results included Dominika Jamnicky of Guelph, Ont., who placed 11th at 1:00:55; and Toronto’s Kira Bupta-Baltazar, who finished second in swimming before suffering a fall on the bike, finished 39th with a time of 1:04:32. Brittany Warly is not done.

The men’s Triathlon World Cup race is Sunday in Huatulco, where Canadian Tyler Mislawchuk is the two-time defending champion.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on June 18, 2022

The Canadian Press

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