Tyler Mislawchuk Preps For Olympic Gold

By Ben Hamill - June 15 2021
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Tyler Mislawchuk Preps For Olympic Gold

Tyler Mislawchuk, the Canadian athlete, is getting ready to represent his homeland at the Tokyo Olympics. On Sunday, he emerged victorious at the World Triathlon Cup. This is the 26-year-old’s third win at this event. He most recently completed the triathlon in just 53 minutes and nine seconds.

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Tough Weather Conditions

Mislawchuk’s fellow Canadian athletes, John Rasmussen, Jeremy Briand and Charles Paquet also competed in the event held in Huatulco, Mexico. The three of them worked tactically for three laps before Mislawchuk climbed into first position, which he was able to maintain until the end.

He said that the weather conditions made for a tough environment. It was extremely hot and humid, and the athletes agreed that the weather had taken its toll. Mislawchuk added that thankfully, his body responds well to heat. This made it easy for him to settle into his pace.

Taking second and third place respectively were Brazilians Manoell Messias with a time of 53 minutes and 21 seconds, and Miguel Hidalgo with a time of 53 minutes and 22 seconds. Meanwhile, Briand came in ninth, Paquet was 16th and Rasmussen was 27th.

Hard Work Pays Off

Speaking from Huatulco, Mislawchuk said that his win felt amazing. He said that regardless of whether he won or lost didn’t really matter to him, but the victory was the cherry on top of the overall experience. He is now more confident in his abilities and feels validated by the fact that all of the hard work that he put into training has finally paid off.

Two years ago, when he took home the same title, it formed a part of a breakthrough season for Mislawchuk. He also won the Olympic test event in Tokyo shortly before all events in the international sporting world were shut down due to the ongoing global health crisis.

Over the past 18 months, Mislawchuk says that he has trained very hard. He said that he has not been home in 14 months and lived out of a suitcase while training in Hawaii. He added that this win is even sweeter because he has dedicated his entire life to training. The athlete was just four seconds behind the leader of the 750-metre swimming portion of Sunday’s event. He was part of a larger group that included fellow Canadian Matt Sharpe for the 20-kilometre biking portion of the triathlon.

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