It's been a very first few days with the Youth Olympic Games Trials for the Pan American countries.
A top eight finish by a country's athlete was required for gaining entry into the Youth Olympic Games this summer in Singapore. It's the first every games for youth put on by the IOC so it should be pretty spectacular and exciting.
On to the junior race for women: Hilary had a blistering swim and excited with a 40s lead riding one lap and a bit before Christine bridged up to her.. As some point soloed away and Hillary went back to the first pack including Dominaka and Magalelli Rochette from Quebec. BC girls were well represented in the front chase pack with Christine away at the front. She rolled into T2 with a 13s lead, unfortuntely not enough of a lead to hold off a fast charging Mexican girl.. Chrsitine ran with her for some time then the stronger Mexican opened a gap for final lap of the run for the win... Meanwhile was doing her best to holding back a strong USA runner who edged her out at the finish. Alison crossed in 4th and Dominicky Jamnicky (ontario) cut the tape at 5th. Very impressive year opener for the girls with three spots in the top 5. Most central/south american countries were targeting this race and Mexico had a high alititude camp to prep for this race. Magali and Emlie from Quebec had very strong races but has ome bad luck - flat tire for Emily out of T1 and a bike crassh for Magali. Otherwise they raced really well.
Bient fait equipe Quebec.
OK, boys race. Brook front pack swimmer.. lead out with a group of 2.. Brook smoked the first and rode with Kevin McDowell for 1/2 a lap .. (super strong dude on the bike). Brook fell back to the 1st chase pace and rode well pulling the group for much of the ride. Marc unfortunately just missed the front group and rode the race with the fist chase pack. Onto the run the American McDowell continued to master the race with a blisterig 16:16 5k run split. The field didn't gain on him at all. Brook ran well finishing in 8th place overall (6th country - 8 qualify for the Yought Olympic Games). Marc Antoine finshied strongly after not finding his form on the first lap.
results at http://www.triathlon.org/results/program_results/2010_monterrey_itu_triathlon_american_yog_qualifier/1485/