Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Race Triathlon, See the World. Manitoba's Mislawchuk Always on the Move

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Race Triathlon, See the World. Manitoba's Mislawchuk Always on the Move

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Manitoba triathlete criss-crosses the globe

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GOLD COAST, Australia - At the age of 20, Tyler Mislawchuk counted the number of countries that triathlon had taken him to and came up with close to 20.

Three years later, the Manitoba native has added to that total.

"(I'm) pretty fortunate to get to see all parts of the world," he said. "With that comes racing but you also get to learn a lot about different cultures and all walks of life."

Mislawchuk is completely at ease in Australia as he prepares for Thursday's triathlon race on Day 1 of competition at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games. He has spent some 15 months on and off training in Wollongong, south of Sydney, during Canadian winters.

His heart remains in Manitoba, however. His hometown is Oak Bluff, some 20 kilometres southwest of the provincial capital.

"Winnipeg will always be home. That's where my friends and family are," said Mislawchuk. "I like to spend at least a month a year there, hopefully more if I'm lucky."

He splits the rest of his time in Victoria, Phoenix and wherever his sport takes him.

The men's field here includes English brothers Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, who finished first and second in the 2016 Rio Olympics and 2014 Commonwealth Games.

The contenders also includes South Africans Henri Schoeman, the bronze medallist in Rio, and Richard Murray, the fourth-place finisher in Rio and bronze medallist in the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

"So there's no gimmes here at the Commonwealth Games," said Triathlon Canada head coach Jonathan (Jono) Hall. "But by the same token, they're all very close together and the person who makes the right decision at the right time will come away with a medal. And I see no reason why Tyler's not in that group."

Mislawchuk finished 15th in Rio where he suffered a leg injury that slowed his progress in the wake of the games. …

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