Triathlete Findlay the real deal

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:23 AM ET

EDMONTON - On the same 2000 Sydney Olympic course where Simon Whitfield won gold, 21-year-old redhead Paula Findlay of Edmonton showed the world she’s the real deal.

It was Sunday morning in Australia and late Saturday night back home when Findlay made her move late and held on to win the first world championship series triathlon race of the season by three seconds.

Findlay, who burst on the scene late last year with two series wins, hadn’t been thinking of Whitfield until the interviewer on the live stream feed of the race on CBC.ca asked her the question after the medal presentation.

“Oh my gosh,” she said.

“That’s amazing. That’s so cool.”

The University of Alberta medical student made history by becoming the first Canadian to win a world championship series event and the only woman in the world to win back-to-back in 2010.

Findlay won her first world championship series event at the Hyde Park London Olympic course and followed it with a win at Kitzbuhel, the Austrian town where the Crazy Canucks ski team became legend.

She intends to race both those events as well as one scheduled in Beijing and one to replace a world championship series stop in Yokohama, Japan.

Edmonton fans will have their first chance to watch Findlay as the city plays host to a July 10 World Cup event.

Findlay won the stretch run over Barbara Riveros of Chile with Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand third, eight seconds back of the Canadian.

“That was one tough running race,” she said. “It was so fast paced. I’m thrilled to have won it.”

terry.jones@sunmedia.ca


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