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BIG SUCCESS FOR C3 AGE GROUPERS AT WORLDS

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 BOB  KNUCKEY  FASTEST 65 YR OLD IN THE WORLD

If we told you that Bob Knuckey was the fastest man in Chicago you would not be surprised.  Bob decided at the last minute to go to Chicago and race in the citizens race along with Caron Shepley, Trent Dilkie, Uli Porten and Jim & Peggy Reid.  Bob's time in the citizen's race, beat every 65 year old later in the afternoon in the WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP race.  Some lucky dude gets to hold the gold due to Bob racing in the citizens race in the morning. None the less, we know he's the fastest man on the planet over 65 years old!   C3's Jim Reid had the race of his life for 3rd in the men's 60-64 category.  As well some great performances by Trent, Peggy, Uli and Caron Shepley.  Thanks to those who were out cheering (particularly Patricia Lopez).

Hans Porten and Luis Lopez lead the team in the ITU World Age Group Champs in Chicago.  Both had amazing swims and continued the day on with big performances despite the fact they were the oldest athletes in their age categories.  Other amazing races by Leigh Wingfield, Heidi Wingfield, Mark Fuullong, Carm Morra, Tamara Chippefield, Debbie McDonald and Kevin Searle.  Next year's World Champs will be in Cozumel Mexico in early Sept. 2016.

With a dozen C3 members in Chicago for the 2015 World Triathlon Championships, here was no way they proud Canucks were going to miss Terry Fox Sunday.  With this being the historic 35th anniversary run, head coach Barrie Shepley along with Grant Darby organized their own Terry Fox Run Sun morning at 7am.  Fifty plus friends and cancer supporters showed up for the run.  Grant Darby had cancer when he was 18 and lost his leg to the same cancer Terry had.  He didn't let cancer keep him down. The Hamilton area school teacher became a world-champion para-triathlete and helped put triathlon into the RIO OLYMPIC GAMES next year. Grant is a single leg amputee and he told everyone his story before a very enjoyable 5km run along Lake Michigan water front on Sunday morning.

 

YORKE WITH THE BIG BOYS IN CHICAGO

 

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While he's been swimming faster than he has ever swam in his life, a mass pummeling at the first swim buoy pushed Andrew Yorke much farther back than he had hoped and he came out of the water 40 seconds down in pack 2.  Olympians Richard Murray and Renaldo Colucci along with Andrew Yorke worked tirelessly in laps 4, 5 and 6 to catch Javi Gomez and Mario Mola.  By the end of the 40km, Andrew Yorke was in the lead pack (having put out an enormous amount of extra energy on the bike). 

Andrew ran a life-time PB off the bike in 31:19 for his 10km run split.  The race was won by Spain's Mario Mola by 6 seconds over Javi Gomez ( Pictured above ) running an astounding 28:59 for his 10km run split (the first time in history). The 2nd place finish by Gomez, gave him enough points to win his 5th World Championship TItle (something NO MAN nor WOMAN has ever accomplished). 

The victory by American Gwen Jorgensen on Friday gave her two consecutive World Championship TITles and a string of 13 victories in a row.   It was Andrew's incredible work on the bike, that helped Richard Murray to the impressive top 3 finish overall.  Andrew will now head to Cozumel Mexico for the World Cup Race Oct 4th.