AG Sprint and Relay World Championships gather nearly 2,000 athletes from 22 nations in Montreal

by doug.gray@triathlon.org on 30 Jun, 2022 01:23
AG Sprint and Relay World Championships gather nearly 2,000 athletes from 22 nations in Montreal

Age-Group racing for the world’s triathletes returned to the blue carpet in grand style and scale for the 2022 Sprint and – for the first time in history – Mixed Relay World Championships Montreal on 25-26 June.

Hot on the heels of the Multisport World Championships Targu Mures, Montreal had the first sprint-distance triathlon world titles on the line since all the way back at Lausanne 2019, and the anticipation was ramping up in the week up to the event.

The biggest delegations of athletes came from Mexico, USA, Great Britain, Australia and, of course, the hosts Canada, with over 22 countries in total represented across the two days.

Bad weather may have taken the opening ceremony indoors, but it didn’t dampen the spirits of the hundreds of athletes carrying their flags for the Parade of Nations through the waterside park. Then, early on Saturday morning, it was the 45+ men who got proceedings underway in the individual races, Mexico’s former elite star Arturo Garza Heiras destroying the field to finish a full three minutes ahead of second place and score the fastest time of the day from any of the age categories.

But there were plenty of memorable performances from athletes whether they crossed first or last. “I’ve been doing triathlon 15 years but this is my first at the World Championships, and it was a wonderful race,” said Linda Fequiere (CAN) after her 50-54 age category race. “It’s such an energetic atmosphere here. We are welcoming ten native Canadian youths here this week so I hope they can be inspired by the racing and take part in a training camp and then their first ever triathlons.”

USA’s Michelle Stratton was the fastest woman of the day, scoring gold and a first world championship title in the 30-34 category thanks in part to a rapid 18m38s time for the final 5km run on her blue carpet debut. 

Michelle went on to win Mixed Relay gold in the 30-39 category with teammates Jason McCormack, Todd Buckingham and Petra Baksova, after another US quartet had become the first ever AG Mixed Relay Triathlon World Champions in the 50-59 category.

At just 15 years-old, Shantelle Tupaz was the youngest athlete to bring home the relay gold as the USA dominated the podiums, Mexico winning the 40-49 and 20-29 age-group relay world titles, Great Britain with the 60-69 group gold.

“We’ve absolutely loved it,” said Isabella Luckie Piccolo (MEX), part of the winning Mexico team. “We knew it was going to be good after we all podium’d yesterday. It was very nervous and tense on the start line, but it’s been an amazing week, from start to finish the atmosphere has had everyone cheering the whole time. Finishing with gold was the cherry on top.”

The full results from the weekend can be found here.


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Related Event: 2022 World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships Montreal
24 - 26 Jun, 2022 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Alex Yee GBR 00:21:55
2. Hayden Wilde NZL 00:21:58
3. Léo Bergere FRA 00:21:59
4. Jelle Geens BEL 00:22:02
5. Manoel Messias BRA 00:22:05
Results: Elite Women
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 00:24:04
2. Cassandre Beaugrand FRA 00:24:07
3. Beth Potter GBR 00:24:15
4. Alberte Kjær Pedersen DEN 00:24:25
5. Summer Rappaport USA 00:24:42
Results: Mixed Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:27:14
2. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:27:37
3. Team I United States USA 01:27:44
4. Team I New Zealand NZL 01:27:53
5. Team I Canada CAN 01:29:06
Results: Junior Men
1. Thomas Hansmaennel FRA 00:51:40
2. Toby Powers AUS 00:51:57
3. Reese Vannerson USA 00:52:00
4. Gaspard Tharreau FRA 00:52:16
5. Pablo Isotton FRA 00:52:17
Results: Junior Women
1. Tilda Månsson SWE 00:57:17
2. Jule Behrens GER 00:57:29
3. Livia Gross SUI 00:58:03
4. Noemie Beaulieu CAN 00:58:14
5. Luna De Bruin NED 00:58:17
Results: Mixed U23-Junior Relay
1. Team I France FRA 01:24:07
2. Team I Great Britain GBR 01:24:26
3. Team I Germany GER 01:25:40
4. Team I Hungary HUN 01:26:17
5. Team I Canada CAN 01:26:21
Results: Final Men. Stage 3
1. Alex Yee GBR 00:21:55
2. Hayden Wilde NZL 00:21:58
3. Léo Bergere FRA 00:21:59
4. Jelle Geens BEL 00:22:02
5. Manoel Messias BRA 00:22:05
Results: Final Men. Stage 2
1. Manoel Messias BRA 00:21:57
2. Hayden Wilde NZL 00:21:57
3. Alex Yee GBR 00:21:57
4. Jawad Abdelmoula MAR 00:21:58
5. Jelle Geens BEL 00:21:58
Results: Final Men. Stage 1
1. Jelle Geens BEL 00:22:08
2. Hayden Wilde NZL 00:22:08
3. Manoel Messias BRA 00:22:08
4. Alex Yee GBR 00:22:09
5. Jawad Abdelmoula MAR 00:22:09
Results: Final Women. Stage 3
1. Georgia Taylor-Brown GBR 00:24:04
2. Cassandre Beaugrand FRA 00:24:07
3. Beth Potter GBR 00:24:15
4. Alberte Kjær Pedersen DEN 00:24:25
5. Summer Rappaport USA 00:24:42
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