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Yee, Beaugrand top elites in Montreal triathlon

MONTREAL — Alex Yee of Britain and Cassandre Beaugrand of France were the cream of the elite field taking part in Saturday's World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships in the heart of old Montreal.
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Alex Yee of Britain runs to the finish as Britain wins the gold medal in mixed relay triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.Yee and Cassandre Beaugrand of France were the cream of the elite field taking part in Saturday's World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships in the heart of old Montreal.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Eugene Hoshiko

MONTREAL — Alex Yee of Britain and Cassandre Beaugrand of France were the cream of the elite field taking part in Saturday's World Triathlon Sprint and Relay Championships in the heart of old Montreal.

Yee won the men's race in 21 minutes, 55 seconds, which was three seconds ahead of Hayden Wilde of New Zealand. Leo Bergere of France was third in 21:59.

Beaugrand took the women's race in 59 minutes and three seconds, nine seconds better than runner-up Georgia Taylor-Brown of Britain and 12 seconds better than Sophie Coldwell, also of Britain.

Fifty-three women finished the elite race on Saturday.

“That one meant a lot,” admitted a fired up Yee.

“After a crash you can lose a bit of belief and the last two weeks have been hard but I came in here more fired up than ever. That may have played against me the first few races but after the last race I only just made it through and I just wanted to strip it back and enjoy it.

"Another great race with some great guys, it means a lot. I found my flow at the end. I’d been struggling through the rounds and my run has almost been a weakness but that last 100m I felt amazing and the crowd roaring me on was amazing.”

Fifty-seven men finished the elite race on Saturday, including Canadians Charles Paquet in 19th, Tyler Mislawchuk in 25th and Jeremy Briand finished 33rd.


This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 25, 2022

The Canadian Press