Sharing its weekend with four other events around the world—Australia, Central East, Europe and North West—the Canada East Regional proved to be an equally riveting show.
Kristine Andali gave Letendre a run for her money as only 1 point separated the women going into the final event of the three-day weekend. In the end, Letendre completed 64 pull-ups first and strung together eight 135-lb. overhead squats quicker than Andali. Letendre took second in the event and Andali took eighth, giving the former second overall with a 5-point cushion. Still, Andali was happy with her performance.
“I’m very proud of myself. Likewise I said before, I’m going up against two of the best women in the world,” she said.
Letendre was elated.
“I feel so good. I don’t know, beyond words. I fought so hard this weekend. … I feel so happy and proud for the effort I put in. It’s a sweet victory for me.”
On the men’s side, Albert-Dominic Larouche was hoping to remain the Canada East Regional champ. While he distanced himself from the pack early, three athletes were within 3 points of each other for the second spot at the Games.
In the end, it was a three-way tie at 56 points, with Paul Tremblay getting the nod due to two event wins.
“I feel unreal. I worked all year for it, obviously, we all do … It’s such a war,” he said.
Video by Jeremy Podlog.