Lionel Sanders may be one of the top-ranked triathletes in the world, but he regularly shows his support for smaller, local races.
Sanders showed up to the Tecumseh Triathlon in Windsor-Essex County, near his home in southwest Ontario. He was joined by another national star, runner Corey Bellemore who recently broke the world record in the Beer Mile event.
Sanders won the unique sprint distance event in 1:20:49. His splits were 15:07 for the 800 metre swim, 42:42 for the 32 km bike and 21:47 for the 6 km run. Thierry Guertin took second and Kristie Kniaziew took third overall and was the first female to cross the finish line.
Bellemore raced as part of the winning relay team at the charity triathlon.
“Fun time this morning doing the running leg of the triathlon relay,” he said in a social media post. “Awesome seeing multiple Ironman winner and fellow Windsorite @lsanderstri in action! Fun fact: Lionel had the 800m record for the grade 8 all-city meet and it was my goal to break it when I was in grade 8.”
Sanders recently raced the Multisport Canada Woodstock triathlon earlier this summer. He has won four half distance titles so far in 2016 and heads to Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia in September before Kona in October, where he hopes to improve upon his 14th place finish last year.
Full results for the Tecumseh Triathlon found here.