The day might have featured some unseasonably cool temperatures, but despite that we got to witness some decidedly hot and fast racing. There’s no better way to recount the day that through these photos.
Lucy Charles-Barclay leads the charge into Sand Hollow Reservoir for the 1.9 km swim.
Charles-Barclay would lead the way out of the water and early on in the bike …
But it wasn’t long before Taylor Knibb put her stamp on the race.
Canada’s Paula Findlay would charge to the front of the chase group, where she paced the rest of the women trying to keep Knibb reasonably close.
After coming out of the water in 22nd, Canada’s Tamara Jewett would steadily move through the field on the bike and run.
By the time she was riding up Snow Canyon, Knibb’s lead was almost six minutes on the rest of the women chasing her.
As is becoming tradition this year, Kristian Blummenfelt and some of his friends where on hand to cheer on the women, including Canada’s Tamara Jewett.
As the sign says, early on in the run Knibb had a huge lead of almost six minutes on …
Findlay, Charles-Barclay and Duffy.
Tamara Jewett’s 1:16 run split was the fastest of the day and would move her to ninth.
There was no touching Knibb, though.
Hands up in the air!
A very happy Paula Findlay takes second.
And Gallant was thrilled with her third-place finish, too.
Charles-Barclay “felt Kona towards the end of the run,” proving she is human with her fourth-place finish! The defending champion had a great day considering she’s coming off Kona just three weeks ago.
Duffy was obviously in a lot of pain as she crossed the line in a gutsy fifth.