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Dartmouth triathlete narrowly misses the podium

Dartmouth’s Bradley Piggott had one of Nova Scotia’s best finishes yet at the Canada Games yesterday.

Dartmouth’s Bradley Piggott had one of Nova Scotia’s best finishes yet at the Canada Games yesterday.

The 18-year-old narrowly missed a medal in the men’s triathlon in Summerside, P.E.I., placing fifth with 55 minutes, 15 seconds. He was first after the 750-metre swim and finished just 23 seconds off of the final bronze-medal time of 54:52.

He lost his edge in the 20-kilometre bike and couldn’t catch up during the final five-kilometre run.

“Coming out of the water after the swim, that’s where I wanted to be,” Piggott said. “I was really pushing (for a bronze medal). The fourth-place guy was in sight and so was the third-place guy, but I just couldn’t catch them in the end.”

Piggott’s success on the water was no fluke. He’ll also represent Nova Scotia in Week 2 of the Games on the swim team as one of the event’s rare multi-sport athletes. His identical twin brother, Matt, is also on the swim team.

“It’s going to be tough, but as long as I get a good recovery, I can probably do well in both,” Bradley said.

Cole Harbour’s Emily Wood was the top Nova Scotian finisher in the women’s triathlon, placing 14th in 1:04:38.

Among other results yesterday, the men’s basketball team cruised to an 86-35 win over the Yukon Territory to advance to today’s quarterfinals against Saskatchewan.

On the soccer pitch, Lower Sackville’s Nkem Ezurike netted a hat trick in a 4-1 win over New Brunswick.

 
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