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Video: Lionel Sanders talks racing pressure, his season, drafting and more

Sanders gained some ground on the run thanks to the day's fastest run.
Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Sanders gained some ground on the run thanks to the day’s fastest run.

Fresh off his race at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship where he placed ninth, we sat down with Lionel Sanders to ask him about his early season winning streak this year, his thoughts on the drafting that occurs on the Ironman circuit, his dominance on bike and run and how he’s planning to tackle Kona next week. We also ask him about what the Canadian triathlon scene means to him, specifically as a rising icon and inspiration to many age-groupers.

The 13-time Ironman/70.3 winner gave us his honest thoughts on his current racing ability, acknowledging that being a weaker swimmer has been “a blessing” because it has forced him to work hard and excel in the other two disciplines. He also addresses the controversial topic of drafting that seems to occur in long course racing right now and what he plans to do to correct it but also make the most of it.

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