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BC's Hooper, Phillips dominate Canada Games triathlon

The Canadian Press

8/18/2009 2:02:12 PM

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. -- Victoria's Alison Hooper and Jeffrey Phillips captured triathlon's first-ever gold medals at the Canada Summer Games on Tuesday, as British Columbia dominated the day with four medals.

Hooper, a former swimmer, raced to a time of 58 minutes 15 seconds to win in just her sixth triathlon race ever. Sarah-Anne Brault of Winnipeg won silver in 58:34, while Kyla Coates of Victoria took the bronze in 58:47.

Phillips won in 53:59, holding off Connor Hammond of London, Ont., who took the silver in 54:44. Cole Stewart of Langley, B.C., captured bronze in 54:52.

Athletes completed a sprint course of a 750-metre swim in the Summerside harbour, followed by a 20-kilometre bike and five-kilometre run that snaked around the downtown area.