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Canadian Triathletes Edged off Podium in Fifth at Prestigious Mixed Relay World Championships in Germany

Four of Canada’s best triathletes captured the world’s attention with a bittersweet fifth-place finish at the Mixed Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany on Sunday.

Recently named an official Olympic medal discipline for the 2022 Games, the mixed team relay is one of the most thrilling events in triathlon, with teams of two men and two women each completing a short-course triathlon (300m swim, 7km bike, 1.6km run) before tagging off to their teammate to take on the next leg. With its rapid and unpredictable format, athletes love it and spectators enjoy it both onsite and on television, making it one of the most spectacular formats of the circuit.

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Canada’s new Synchro Duet finishes 7th in world championships debut

Montreal’s Jacqueline Simoneau, 20, with new partner, Calgary’s Claudia Holzner, 23, finished a strong seventh in their first world championship final. The duet scored 87.6523 in the Duet Technical Final today in Budapest, after qualifying through the Prelims. Russia’s Svetlana Kolesnichenko / Alexandra Patskevich took the gold medal, the Chinese duet Jiang Tingting / Jiang Wenwen won the silver and Ukraine's Anna Voloshyna / Yelyzaveta Yakhno came third for the bronze medal.

Simoneau and Holzner will compete again in the Duet Free Prelims of the 2017 FINA World Championships on Thursday, July 20.

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Schwaiger wins record sixth consecutive tumbling title on final day of Canadian Championships in Trampoline Gymnastics

Jon Schwaiger of Calgary, AB – now training in Cambridge, ON, won a record sixth consecutive national title in senior men’s tumbling Sunday on the final day of the 2017 Canadian Championships in Trampoline gymnastics. Schwaiger’s record surpasses that of his coach, Denis Vachon, who won five consecutive senior titles.

“I didn’t do exactly what I planned to do but the downgrade was nothing too severe so I’m very happy with how that went,” said Schwaiger following the event. “Now I can finally say I have more titles than Denis which is even better!” 

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Australia crowned the 2017 Mixed Relay World Champions for first time in nation's history

In Mixed Relay’s first event since the announcement to be included as an official Olympic sport for the Tokyo 2020 Programme, Australia put forth a fierce come from behind finish to claim its first-ever World Championship title with a team of Charlotte McShane, Matthew Hauser, Ashleigh Gentle and Jacob Birtwhistle.

In a fight to finish line, USA scored the silver medal, while the Netherlands crossed over for the bronze for a time-time podium in the woman-man-woman-man relay, which saw each athlete complete a 300-metre swim, 7-kilometre bike and 1.6-kilometre run.

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Duffy, Mola win 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg

Thousands of people shut down the city of Hamburg to line the streets and watch the world's fastest triathletes compete at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg. The fifth stop of the 2017 Series was a historic one as Bermuda's Flora Duffy won her first-career WTS sprint distance race and Spaniard Mario Mola became the first man to repeat a win at the Hamburg venue.

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It is hard to believe that Flora Duffy (BER) had to miss the first two races of the World Triathlon Series due to injury as she continues to be unstoppable after earning her third straight victory of the season at the 2017 ITU World Triathlon Hamburg.

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