According to the Canadian Press, Simon Whitfield has pulled out of the World Cup Triathlon race in Edmonton this weekend because of a hamstring injury.
Whitfield, who won the Gold medal for Canada at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and a Silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, will continue to train in Victoria, British Columbia in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
The 12-time World Cup winner is currently ranked tenth in the world. Canada will be represented in the Edmonton event by Kyle Jones of Hamilton, Ontario, who is currently ranked 27th in the world.
Whitfield injured his hamstring while training.
As for Canada’s best female triathlete, Paula Findlay of Edmonton, she hopes to be competing in London at the end of the month despite a serious hip injury. Findlay was considered a very serious medal threat a year ago when she won three World Cup races. Then she had to pull out of last year’s World Cup because of the hip issue.