Canada’s Paula Findlay, one of the favourites for this weekend’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah has had to pull out of the race due to a small ligament tear in her ankle that she felt after racing the Collins Cup in Samorin, Slovakia last month.
“I’m very sad as I started this year aiming to be a contender in this race, and never imagined I’d be here on the sidelines,” she said in an instagram post. “I have lots of experience with setbacks and injuries, so I’ll be ok, but I do feel like I’m disappointing everyone who supports me and cares about me.”
It had been a tough lead up to the worlds in St. George for Findlay, who had been struggling with a stress fracture for much of the summer. She arrived in Samorin for the Collins Cup confident in her swim and bike fitness, while being sure that she’d be able to “get through the run.” The idea was to continue to build on that run fitness to be able to contend in St. George. She took the St. George win in 2018 and was a solid fourth there this year, taking a three-way battle for that spot with Skye Moench and Holly Lawrence.
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