ST GEORGE, UTAH
Young Brit Holly Lawrence makes Heather Wurtele work for her win at the North American Pro Championship, while Lionel Sanders tops the men’s podium
Kessler (USA) and the two took turns to lead the race while Wurtele bided her time within striking distance of the pair.
The Canadian finally made her move in the closing stages of the bike and entered T2 with just three seconds lead over Lawrence and almost a minute on Kessler.
Lawrence was unable to close the gap and crossed the line just over a minute behind Wurtele to take second spot on the podium, while Kessler held on to take third place.
Meanwhile in the men’s race, Lionel Sanders exited the water 4:30 minutes behind the leaders but clocked up the fastest bike and run splits of the day to finish almost three minutes ahead of Sebastian Kienle (GER), as Joe Gambles (AUS) overtook Kevin Collington (USA) in the closing stages to take bronze.