What a day for Canada at the Ironman 70.3 event in St. George, Utah. Paula Findlay broke through in a big way with the win in the women’s pro field. And Lionel Sanders to the win in the men’s pro field, returning to the top step of the podium.
You could feel it coming for Paula. She has put together some good results this season prior to St. George, but she made it clear she always looking for more. Her race spilts were as follows; 24:46 swim, 2:25:11 bike and 1:23:05 run. Paula was always close to the front of the race, before she made her move early into the run and didn’t look back. She would be joined on the podium by Jeanni Seymour (in second) and Sarah True (in third).
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Can’t quite believe that happened! This morning I decided to race with confidence, race like I belonged at the front, and race like I had nothing to lose. And I won! Thanks to everyone who is part of my circle, especially coach @pstriathlon and my MOM who is my biggest supporter of all. Can’t keep up to my phone right now but thanks for the messages ❤️ 📸 @rokasports
After Lionel’s second place finish at Ironman 70.3 Oceanside to Jan Frodeno, you knew he’d have St. George on his radar. He would be in tough, put against his other Germany rival, Sebastian Kienle. The race did not disappoint. Lionel and Sebastian made quick work in the bike making up a deficit following the swim to the leaders, before trading leads for much of the bike. They would continue their battle on the run, where Lionel made a move early and held on for the win. His spilts were as follows; 25:25 swim, 2:01:32 bike, and 1:11:47 run. Lionel was joined on the podium by Sebastian (in second) and Michael Weiss (in third).
Both Paula and Lionel are now North American Champions at the Ironman 70.3 distance!