Kirsten Sweetland of Victoria celebrates after winning Triathlon World Cup at Richards Bay, South Africa. It's her first career world cup win, and she's the youngest Canadian to ever win a world cup triathlon race.
Great job Kirsten! This woman is 18 and watch out all you triathletes in 08. I think we have a contender.
From January to March 2007 I had the honor to get to know Kirsten, along with the rest of the Canadian national Triathlon Team, while they were here in Flagstaff training for this........kicking butt! While the team was here they trained in water, on bike and foot. A lot!
I had the pleasure of helping Kirsten achieve some recovery and clean up some issues we will not discuss....no secrets disclosed from me. Any way she is fast...faster than you!
Victoria's Sweetland makes history with triathlon win
CanWest News ServicePublished: Sunday, May 13, 2007
Victoria's Kirsten Sweetland made Canadian triathlon history Sunday.
Sweetland won the women's title at the BG Triathlon World Cup event. At 18 years eight months, Sweetland, the world junior champion, became the youngest Canadian ever to win a triathlon World Cup race and the sixth Canadian woman to stand atop the podium.
It was also her first World Cup win in just her fifth World Cup event. The victory moved Sweetland into third in the world rankings.
"I feel great, I really wasn't expecting this," Sweetland said in a statement. "It's a lot of adrenaline up at the front and I think that really helped me. I'm just on cloud nine right now, I can't believe it."
Sweetland won the race in two hours three minutes 32 seconds. She finished 15 seconds ahead of Olympic bronze medallist Magali Di marco Messmer of Switzerland.
South African Hendrik De Villiers won the men's race in 1:52:53.
The World Cup circuit now moves to Spain for the June 3 stop in Madrid. Then it's across to Canada for the Vancouver stop on June 10.
Ukraine's Volodymyr Polikarpenko was second in 1:52:56 while Russian Alexander Brukhankov was third in 1:53:01 .
Hamilton's Colin Jenkins was the top Canadian, finishing 41st while Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., was 55th."And Geoffrey Bishop is the best massage therapist and bodyworker in the whole world!"
Okay, I wrote this last part, good job again Kirstin! Keep up the great work, train smart. You continue to be an inspiration to all who know you! I look forward to working with you again soon and seeing you in Bejing in 2008!