Canada’s Olympic triathlon team will be decided this weekend at the 2008 BG Triathlon World Championships in Vancouver.


The Canadians could secure two more berths to compete in Beijing — two for men and two for women — if Canada finishes among the top eight countries.


Yesterday, Canadian triathlete Jay MacDonald covered his face with a thick coat of Vaseline while practicing to delay what he said is the crippling numbness caused by the frigid waters of English Bay.


He’s competing in Sunday’s elite race, which also pits B.C.’s Simon Whitfield against Spain’s Javier Gomez. Whitfield, who won gold at the 2000 Sydney Games, finished behind Gomez in last year’s world rankings, according to CBC News.


On the women’s side, Carolyn Murray, Kathy Tremblay and Victoria’s Kirsten Sweetland are the top Canadians.

Sunday’s elite races are preceded by junior events that took place yesterday.

Glasgow’s Kirsty Mc-William won the junior women’s world championship. She told runner that “it was freezing” yesterday morning but that being from Scotland, she’s used to it.

Vincent Luis, of France, won the junior men’s championship.