Cana­di­ans dom­i­nate 70.3 events

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - NEWS -

We’re hardly into our tra­di­tional race sea­son and it’s al­ready been a killer year for Cana­di­ans on the in­ter­na­tional front. By the time this mag­a­zine ar­rives on your doorstep there will likely be many more top per­for­mances, but here are a few of the 2017 high­lights so far:

Lionel San­ders opens 2017 with early wins

The Wind­sor, Ont. na­tive hasn’t slowed down much since he set a new world-best time in Ari­zona last year. In Jan­uary he took Iron­man 70.3 Panama in a scream­ing-fast 3:38:53 fin­ish time. He fol­lowed that per­for­mance up with an­other im­pres­sive win in tak­ing Iron­man 70.3 Buenos Aires. San­ders has said his big focus is on the 70.3 worlds in Chat­tanooga in Septem­ber – he cer­tainly seems on track for a big day there.

Heather Wurtele con­tin­ues her win­ning ways

Over the last few years Heather Wurtele has be­come one of the most suc­cess­ful Iron­man 70.3 rac­ers ever and she con­tin­ued her win­ning ways at Iron­man 70.3 Cam­peche in Mex­ico, tak­ing her 19th 70.3 ti­tle. Hus­band Trevor had a great day in Cam­peche, too, fin­ish­ing third in the men’s race, one spot be­hind Cody Beals.

Tay­lor Reid takes big­gest win of his ca­reer in San Juan

At Iron­man 70.3 Puerto Rico Tay­lor Reid ran away from the rest of the field that in­cluded for­mer Iron­man 70.3 world cham­pion Andy Potts to take the win. He was joined on the podium by Que­bec’s Stephanie Roy, who ran her way past two-time Puerto Rico champ Helle Fred­erik­sen to fin­ish sec­ond.

San­ders takes Ocean­side show­down

Triathlon fans were ex­cited about the much-bal­ly­hooed bat­tle be­tween Jan Fro­deno, two-time de­fend­ing Iron­man world cham­pion and Lionel San­ders at Iron­man 70.3 Ocean­side last month, but the drama quickly fiz­zled when the Ger­man flat­ted 25 km into the ride and even­tu­ally dropped out. San­ders en­joyed one of his best-ever swims and was within 38 sec­onds of swim­leader Fro­deno by 20 km of the ride and took the lead as he passed Fro­deno as he tried to fix the flat. A dom­i­nant ride fol­lowed by a solid run al­lowed the Wind­sor na­tive to eas­ily de­fend his ti­tle. Heather Wurtele couldn’t catch de­fend­ing world 70.3 champ Holly Lawrence to de­fend her ti­tle, but still fin­ished a solid third.—tmc

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