Typically an athlete admits that they might give no extra, that what occurred throughout a race was the most effective they might supply.
That wasn’t the case Monday in Tokyo for Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk. The Oak Bluff, Man., native completed fifteenth within the males’s Olympic triathlon and his disappointment was obvious.
Mislawchuk appeared surprised after the race, one he got here into with reasonable hopes of successful a medal.
“I used to be no good on the run. Tremendous offended with myself. Simply did not have in the present day. Unsure what to say. Actually disillusioned,” he mentioned moments after crossing the end line. “I want I might have given folks extra.
“You practice your complete life for this. I have not been dwelling in a 12 months [because of training] and to return fifteenth is so irritating.”
The 26-year-old had each purpose to consider he might have completed higher.
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Lower than a 12 months in the past, Mislawchuk took first place on this actual course, changing into the primary Canadian within the 20 years since triathlon turned an Olympic occasion to win the Olympic check occasion.
It was a part of a breakout 12 months that noticed him win the primary two World Cup races of his profession along with capturing his first-ever World Triathlon Collection medal by successful the bronze in Montreal.
Mislawchuk was unable to duplicate that magic Monday in Tokyo within the sweltering warmth, by no means actually placing himself able to achieve the rostrum.
Organizers began the race at 6:30 a.m. native time to keep away from the noon warmth, but it surely was nonetheless very heat as this final check of endurance bought underway. Racers navigated a course that snaked round Tokyo Bay with the long-lasting Rainbow Bridge as a backdrop.
Mislawchuk was ninth after the 1,500 metre swim and sixteenth after 40 kilometres on the bike. However he was unable to make up any floor through the grueling 10 kilometre run, ending in a single hour 46.28 seconds, 84 seconds behind Norway’s Kristain Blummenfeldt , who blew away the sphere with a dominating efficiency. Alex Yee of Nice Britain took whereas silver whereas New Zealand’s Hayden Wilde claimed bronze.
“I had some cramping on the run and could not run as arduous as I’ve skilled,” Mislawchuk mentioned. “I could not run full fuel, I simply could not go any sooner.”
Mislawchuk was impressed to take up triathlon after watching fellow Canadian Simon Whitfield’s silver-medal efficiency on the Beijing 2008 Olympic Video games. Whitfield gained gold in Sydney 2000 within the sport’s Olympic debut. Mislawchuk had labored feverishly over the previous 18 months in hopes of repeating that iconic efficiency right here in Tokyo.
It wasn’t meant to be.
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Joanna Brown of Carp, Ont., and Amelie Kretz of Blainville, Que., will race within the girls’s triathlon Tuesday morning.