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Simon Whitfield Wins Canadian National Title

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Simon Whitfield tops Kyle Jones, retains national title.

The wizened veteran still has a trick or two left up his sleeve.

Simon Whitfield, the gold- and silver-medalist, respectively, from the 2000 Sydney and 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, captured his 10th Canadian men’s triathlon title Sunday in Kelowna by staving off a challenge from Victoria training partner and silver medalist Kyle Jones.

It was the third consecutive year in which Jones has finished second to Whitfield in the national championships.

“As soon as I saw Kyle on the run I knew he was suffering. We trained pretty hard to this race so one of us was going to be tired,” said Whitfield, in a release.

“[It] was inevitable and that very much could have been me.”

Earlier this summer, Jones became the first Canadian in more than a decade to defeat Whitfield in a race when he bested his good friend at the Edmonton World Cup race.

Read more: Calgary Herald