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Badiuk places fourth at triathlon

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Despite a wipeout during the mountain bike portion of her sprint triathlon, Connee Badiuk still managed to place fourth overall in the women’s division Sunday in Kenora.

“I had a great race . . . it was my best time ever,” enthused Badiuk, who competed in the 35-39 age division and finished with a time of 1:24.49.

Kenora triathlete Janet Findlay was the top female, finishing with a time in the area of 1:07.

The sprint triathlon, which included a 750m swim, 17-km bike race, and a five-km run, was conducted on a course much to Badiuk’s liking.

“It was a great course, very hilly, which made it much more difficult,” said Badiuk, competing in just her second triathlon. “They put down a lot of loose gravel, which made it much more difficult.

“It was a very challenging course.”

But Badiuk was up to the challenge despite the wipeout, which she estimated cost her about two minutes in time due to difficulty in changing gears on her bike after the spill.

And she had to run up a hill with her bike on another occasion, which also cost her some precious time.

“It was a bit tougher than I had expected but I loved it. It was right up my alley,” she enthused

Meanwhile, local resident David Matiece, 39, also fared well in a triathlon last weekend, placing 448th out of 1,770 competitors at the Subaru Ironman Canada race in Penticton, B.C.

He finished the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile marathon in a time of 11:31.41.

Matiece was still en route home yesterday and could not be reached for comment before press time.

Chuck Veylupek of the U.S. won the event in a time of 8:49.10, just 36 seconds ahead of Japan’s Shingo Tani.

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