Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Spain's Mario Mola Wins Montreal Triathlon; Tyler Meslawschuk Top Canadian

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Spain's Mario Mola Wins Montreal Triathlon; Tyler Meslawschuk Top Canadian

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Mario Mola wins Montreal triathlon


MONTREAL - Mario Mola took a big step toward a third straight world title by winning the Montreal Triathlon on Sunday.

The Spaniard, with his fourth win of the year, finished the 1.5-kilometre swim, 40-kilometre cycle and 10-kilometre run in one hour, 47 minutes 36 seconds. He came in 16 seconds ahead of Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway and 42 ahead of third-place Jacob Birtwhistle of Australia.

Mola will take an 824-point lead over Birtwhistle into the Grand Final next month in Gold Coast, Australia, where the winner picks up 1,200 points.

"It's another step forward in the good direction but until you cross the finish line in the last race you don't know what's going to happen, so I'll train the best I can the next three weeks and hopefully be in the best shape possible on the Gold Coast," said Mola, whose win last month in Edmonton gave him a sweep of the two Canadian races.

The top Canadian was Tyler Meslawschuk of Winnipeg, who came in eighth place.

After a strong swim, Mola was in the main cycling pack that came in 1:03 behind a lead group of four that included Blummenfelt and 21-year-old Charles Paquet of Port Cartier, Que., who was in his first top-level ITU race. Paquet ended up 29th.

Blummenfelt shot to the lead on the run, but Mola went on attack, quickly closing the gap and then overtaking the South African.

"I knew that Kristian was going to be very hard to beat today," said Mola. "Kristian played his cards very well and smartly, but today I felt good on the run and managed to make the gap smaller in the first two laps so that I could rest a bit in the third and try my best in the last ones.

"It worked out well. For someone who's been in front the whole race it's very difficult to sustain the energy and the speed."

It was Blummenfelt's third visit to Montreal. He won in 2016 when it was a lower-level World Cup event, then finished second both times it has been a World Series race. …

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