Gold, bronze for Canuck triathletes

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:03 PM ET

Canadian teammates Kathy Tremblay and Sarah-Anne Brault found themselves on the podium following the Triathlon World Cup event Sunday in Ishigaki, Japan.

Tremblay, a 29-year-old veteran on the international triathlon scene, won the first World Cup event of her career while Brault, a 22-year-old rookie with the national team, grabbed the bronze medal.

It is just the third time Tremblay has been on the podium, including a second-place finish at Ishigaki in 2009. The Montreal native has struggled to regain the form that led her to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

"I think I'm just going to cry when I realize what happened. I have been racing for 17 years and this has never happened before," Tremblay said. "This is unbelievable. I felt comfortable the whole way today. I'm so excited and can't believe it."

Tremblay finished 20 seconds ahead of Ireland's Aileen Morrison, who clocked a silver-medal time of 2:05:58. Brault, from Winnipeg, took the bronze in a time of 2:06:03.

"This feels so awesome. This is really my first World Cup and I didn't know how this would turn out," Brault said. "I raced some of these girls before and I felt confident coming in. I'm really happy."

Brent McMahon of Victoria was the top Canadian in the men's race, finishing eighth, while Kyle Jones of Oakville, Ont., withdrew at the second transition stage.


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