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.