Manitobans cheer on local athlete Tyler Mislawchuk in Olympic triathlon – .

Manitobans cheer on local athlete Tyler Mislawchuk in Olympic triathlon – .

WINNIPEG – While there were no supporters in the stands for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics this year, Triathlon Manitoba made sure there were still plenty of supporters cheering on local athlete Tyler Mislawchuk – well that to nearly 9,000 kilometers.

A crowd of over 100 fans gathered at Birds Hill Provincial Park on Sunday night to cheer on the 26-year-old athlete from Oak Bluff, Man., As he competed in this year’s triathlon.

Mislawchuk finished the event in 15th place, with a total time of 1:46:28.

Mislawchuk first competed at the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, also representing Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Triathlon Manitoba General Manager Jared Spier said during Mislawchuk’s Olympic debut in Rio he had a very loud cheering section.

“Unfortunately, they’re not able to make the trip just because of the circumstances in Tokyo and around the world right now, so everyone is sticking around,” Spier said.

“But it’s always important to make sure he knows how much he is supported. “

Mislawchuk is not the only local Olympian to receive support from Manitoba.

Of the 370 athletes Canada sent to the Tokyo Olympics this year, six are from Manitoba – including Manitoba Bisons swimmer Kelsey Wog.

Gene Mueller, director of athletics and recreation at the University of Manitoba, said student-athletes and staff made Wog a lucky video and sent it to him in Tokyo.

“Everyone from women’s basketball to men’s volleyball, some of her swim program teammates – we heard from Vlastimil Cerny, the Bisons swim coach, that she was thrilled. “

Spier said having Manitobans participating in the games means a lot to the province.

“The Olympics are always cool, but when you have someone you can cheer on who is from your home province, it’s just huge.


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