Canadians winning in the long run
TORONTO (CP) -- Montgomery overcame a two minute 32 second-deficit in the last
leg, the 10-kilometre run, of the Toronto Triathlon and overtook fellow
Canadian Sharon Donnelly to win World Cup event yesterday.
Montgomery, from North Vancouver, B.C., finished in a time of one hour 56
minutes and 20 seconds. Donnelly, who grew up in Toronto but lives in
Kingston, Ont., came in second in a time of 1:57:42.
The win was the second in three races on the ITU World Cup circuit for the
33-year-old to go with her silver medal at this year's world championships in
Montgomery was behind Donnelly after the first two phases of the event, a
1.5-kilometre swim through the chilly waters of Lake Ontario and 40 kilometres
of cycling on the same roads to be used for next week's Molson Indy.
Montgomery won on the strength of her running ability, something which has
put her in position to become the first Canadian woman ever to compete in two
different sports at the same Olympics. She has also qualified for the Canadian
track team in the women's 10,000 metres.
Five-time world champ Simon Lessing of Great Britain demonstrated he's
rounding into top form for Sydney with a victory in the men's event in
1:46:41. Simon Whitfield of Kingston gave a strong account of himself,
finishing fourth in 1:47:16.
"I went after it," said Whitfield.
"I tried to lead it out a little bit. I might have paid for it in the
second half, but that's all right. I think you've got to put yourself in a
position to try and win."
The medal ceremonies for the women's triathlon could be a preview of the
Sydney Olympics. And considering that the women's triathlon kicks off the
Olympic medal hunt Down Under on Sept. 16, Donnelly is well aware of what a
double podium performance would do for the spirits of the entire Canadian
"If we could do that, that'd be awesome," said Donnelly, the 1999 Pan-Am
"That's what the Australians are hoping to do. That's why they put it in
first, because they were a powerhouse and they're hoping to have the gold
medals to set the whole Australian Olympic team off.
"If we can get some medals on the first day, it would just set the whole
Canadian Olympic team
She's been training with Australian Michelle Jones, the No. 1 ranked woman
in the world who placed fourth in yesterday's race.