Victoria's Sweetland just misses World Triathalon podium
Canada's Kirsten Sweetland celebrates winning the silver medal in the women's Triathlon race at the Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2014, Strathclyde Country Park, Scotland, Thursday July 24, 2014. (AP /Peter Morrison)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, August 23, 2014 2:33PM EDT
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Victoria's Kirsten Sweetland finished just off the podium in fourth at the penultimate stage of the eight-race World Triathlon Series on Saturday.
Sweetland clocked a time of one hour three minutes 10 seconds in the sprint race.
The 25 year old started the race with a solid 750-metre swim on chilly and rainy day and charged to the head of the pack for the 20-kilometre bike ride before mixing it up with a group of five for the five-kilometre run. Sweetland was hoping for her third straight international podium, but settled for fourth.
"I really can't believe I pulled off a fourth place today," said Sweetland, who is ranked sixth in the world. "Obviously after Commonwealth Games and Hamburg I was gunning for a podium today, but I got a little cold on Tuesday. Not good timing at all.
"I came here just trying to collect some points before Edmonton, and with catching a cold, I just really can't believe I was able to do this today. I am happy with it for sure"
American Sarah Groff captured her first career World Triathlon Series victory after crossing the line first with a time of 1:03:00. New Zealand's Andrea Hewitt was second at 1:03:04, while fellow countryman Nicky Samuels took bronze in 1:03:05.