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Calgary triathlete breaks collarbone at 2014 Commonwealth Games

Ellen Pennock (L)
Ellen Pennock (L)
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According to the Canadian Press on Thursday, Calgary native Ellen Pennock broke her collarbone in the women's triathlon competition at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Pennock suffered the injury in the cycling portion of the competition.

Pennock, who finished in second place at the 2013 International Triathlon Union World Cup in Edmonton, was not the only Canadian who was unable to finish the race. Sarah-Anne Breault of Winnipeg, Manitoba withdrew during the running portion of the event.

To suffer a broken collarbone must have been a devastating moment for Pennock. This was because primarily because many of her family members had made the trip to Glasgow according to her Twitter account.

Pennock's broken collarbone is the latest injury for a Canadian triathlete in major international competition. At the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Canadian Olympic gold medalist Simon Whitfield of Kingston, Ontario broke his collarbone while falling off his bike while in the transition area from the swim to cycling portion of the race. Also Edmonton's Paula Findlay had a serious hip injury three years ago that has prevented her from being an elite high performance triathlon athlete.

A Canadian was able to get on to the podium in the women's triathlon competition however. Kirsten Sweetland of Nanaimo, British Columbia won the silver medal to win Canada's first medal of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Jodie Stimpson of England won the gold medal with a time of 1:58.56. Stimpson was five seconds faster than Sweetland. Vicky Holland of England won the bronze medal with a time of 1:59.11.

Note that the Commonwealth Games are different than the Olympic Games because England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales compete against each other rather than all under one flag of Great Britain. This was Stimpson's first major international triathlon victory of her career.