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West Vancouver’s Sidney Clement tops Americas Triathlon Championships

Clement posted fasted times in the swimming and running portions
Sidney Clement runs at the 2024 Americas Triathlon Championships in Miami, Fl. on Friday, March 8. | Courtesy of Siobhan Clement

Collegiate athlete Sidney Clement is positioning herself as a top-tier triathlon racer.

On Friday, the Sentinel Secondary alum snapped up first place at the 2024 Americas Triathlon Championships in Miami, in the junior women category.

Clement finished with a time of 56 minutes 35 seconds, with fellow Canadians Béatrice Filion and Beatrice Normand just a dozen seconds behind her for a rare sweep of the podium.

Clement posted the fastest times in the 750-metre swim portion (10 minutes 50 seconds) and the five-kilometre run (17 minutes 25 seconds), while averaging 39 kiometres per hour in the 18-kilometre cycle.

On the world stage, Clement is set to compete in the World Triathlon Championship Finals in Torremolinos-Andalucia, in October.

Last July, she placed fifth in the 2023 Europe Triathlon Junior Cup in Tabor, Czech Republic, and second in the Americas Triathlon North American Junior Championships in Sarasota, Fl.

As a freshman at Arizona State University, she made a splash last October by winning the West Region National Qualifier triathlon, leading her team to victory in the process.

Clement also stood out in B.C., claiming gold last June in the 3,000-metre race in the provincial track and field finals, as well as silver in the 1,500-metre race.