(Montreal) England’s Beth Potter won gold in the women’s 58:10 at the Montreal Triathlon, which started this weekend.

The best athletes on the planet are in action at the Port of Montreal’s Grand Quay.

After the junior groups on Friday, it was the women’s turn at the end of the morning on Saturday. The men followed the women later, in the afternoon.

Potter beat Frenchwoman Léonie Périault by three seconds.

American Summer Rappaport completed the podium, 10 seconds behind Potter.

Quebecer Emy Legault finished 40th.

She was one of 47 athletes to set off from the start line at 11:36 a.m. for the 750-meter swim.

Then, the ladies cycled 20.16 kilometers through the streets of the Old Port, before concluding their triathlon with a five-kilometre run.

Legault, who won gold in the women’s relay and silver in the individual event at the Canada Summer Games in 2013, won the Junior National Championships in 2014, as well as the North American Championships in 2015.

With a time of 9:29 in the swim, 34:42 in the bike and 17:50 in the run, Legault finished in 1:02:1.

The Quebecer explained that obviously, she could not say that she was satisfied with her triathlon. However, the one coming back from an injury remained realistic.

“I’m slowly getting back in shape,” Legault said. I got outplayed early on, so that was already complicating things. On the bike, I was a little too careful on the first laps and it cost me a peloton. However, I think the big positive of the day is that I raced really well for someone who hasn’t really raced in the last two months. »

Legault felt he had several things to work on in order to be more competitive throughout the triathlon.

“Me and my coach started working on some things that we targeted two weeks ago,” Legault added. Of course, we are not going to see progress so quickly, but we have really found the elements where I need to improve. »

She explained that in the end, the ultimate goal remains the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Triathlons like the one on Saturday help prepare for participation in these Games.

“Even if it costs me a worse year in 2023, it’s worth it,” concluded Legault.

The other Canadian in action, Dominika Jamnicky, finished 17th with a time of 59:6.