TOKYO — Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk has withdrawn from the triathlon mixed team relay at the Tokyo Olympics after suffering an achilles injury earlier this week.
Team Canada issued a statement on Wednesday saying that the Manitoban will be replaced by Gatineau’s Alexis Lepage who will be making his Olympic debut.
“Since the completion of the individual race, we have been working with our medical team to mitigate the irritation in his achilles tendon, but unfortunately there is still some risk of further damage to the achilles should he start,” said Triathalon Canada’s high performance director Eugene Liang in a release on Wednesday.
Mislawchuk had finished 15th in the men’s Olympic triathlon over the weekend.
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The 26-year-old was hoping to have the chance to line up with his teammates and support them, but knew pulling out would protect him long term.
“It’s devastating not to have the opportunity to line up with my teammates this weekend in the Olympic debut of the mixed team relay due to injury,” said Mislawchuk. “It will be tough watching from the sidelines and not being able to contribute.
“That said, this also presents an opportunity for my friend and training partner Alexis to compete in the Olympics. I know he is up to the task and will make Canada proud. I will be supporting my teammates in their final preparations. and will be cheering them on with the rest of Canada.”