Tyler Mislawchuk of Winnipeg, Manitoba became the first Canadian man to win a medal at a World Series triathlon event on Saturday. Mislawchuk placed third at the 2019 Groupe Copley World Triathlon in Montreal, Quebec.
Mislawchuk posted a time of 53 minutes and 53 seconds. He earned a medal by five seconds over fourth place finisher Richard Murray of South Africa, who had a time of 53 minutes and 58 seconds.
Jelle Geens of Belgium won the gold medal with a time of 53 minutes and 49 seconds. Mario Mola of Spain won the silver medal with a time of 53 minutes and 50 seconds.
Mislawchuk had a time of nine minutes and three seconds swimming, a time of one minute and 13 seconds transitioning from the water to the bike, 28 minutes and 42 seconds cycling, 29 seconds transitioning to the run and 14 minutes and 29 seconds in the run.
Mislawchuk is now 14th in the International Triathlon Union Men’s Triathlon World Rankings with 3879.82 points. Mola leads with 7143.98 points.
The World Triathlon Series started in 2009. Three Canadian women have won medals over the years as Paula Findlay of Edmonton, Alberta, Kirsten Sweetland of Nanaimo, British Columbia and Joanna Brown of Carp, Ontario have landed on the podium in World Triathlon Series events over the years, but it is the first time a Canadian man had a World Triathlon Series medal. The bronze medal in Montreal will give Mislawchuk confidence as he prepares for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.