All in a day's work for Simon

BOB MACKIN -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 11:01 AM ET

While Simon Whitfield waited for his first child to be born in Victoria, he gave birth to his eighth International Triathlon Union world cup gold medal yesterday in Vancouver.

Whitfield, who won the sport's first Olympic gold in 2000, finished the 1.5-kilometre swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run through the West End in one hour, 49 minutes and 16 seconds. He almost didn't make it to the English Bay start.

The 32-year-old left expectant partner Jennie in Victoria, but was ready to abandon the race and return home if she went into labour. Instead, he came from behind to beat American Andy Potts by two seconds in Stanley Park.

"I would've made a judgment call," Whitfield said. "I wanted to see this little one come in - or come out, I guess."

Samantha Warriner of New Zealand beat American Sarah Haskins by 36 seconds in the women's race. Vancouver's Lauren Groves was the top Canadian in eighth place.

Warriner battled rain on the bike and overtook Haskins on the run. "It was just like a cat chasing a mouse and I just wanted to get her and I got her," said Warriner, the 2006 Commonwealth Games' silver medalist.


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