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Lionel Sanders wins ITU Long Distance World Championsip on Canadian soil

The Windsor native overcomes a large deficit after flatting on the bike to overtake the lead in the final kilometres of the run.

Lionel Sanders has won the ITU Long Distance World Championship in Penticton, B.C. after overcoming a deficit due to flatting on the bike, and overtaking Australian Josh Amberger in the final kilometres of the run. In one of the most exciting races of his career, the Windsor native ran an astonishing 1:45:34 for 30K to win his first ITU world title.

Sanders clocked 40:40 for the 3 km swim, rode 2:51:12 for the 120 km bike (time includes changing his flat tire) and ran a race-best 1:45:34 for the 30 km. While Amberger led for most of the race, followed by France’s Sylvain Sudrie who pulled out on the run, Sanders stayed focused and controlled to slowly chip away at the deficit.

We will have quotes and photos from the event as well as coverage from the elite women’s and age group races up later today.