20 Photos That Sum Up The 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

The professional women kick off the race weekend at Ross’s Landing. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Athletes took on a challenging swim course as they set off in a clockwise direction across the Tennessee River. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

An athlete rides on the tough 70.3 World Championship bike course. The 3.5-mile climb up Lookout Mountain on Ochs Highway and other parts of the course had athletes calling this the toughest 70.3 they’ve ever done. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

The bike course is as tough as it is beautiful. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Romina Palacio Balena of Argentina competes in the bicycle portion of the race. Athletes from 90 different countries traveled to Chattanooga to compete. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

An athlete competes in the bike portion of the race. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Olympian Sarah True earned a fourth-place finish. Thanks to everyone for the support for 4th at 70.3 World Champs! At the risk of cliché, I was just happy to compete for love of the sport,” she Tweeted after the race. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf had a disappointing race last year after winning the 70.3 world title in both 2014 and 2015. She found her way back to the top of the podium in 2017. Photo: Donald Miralle for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Daniela Ryf of Switzerland (center, first place) Emma Pallant of Great Britain (L, second place) and Laura Philipp (R, third place) celebrate after finishing on top of the podium in Chattanooga. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Ironman displayed the flags of all of the athletes compete in the event weekend. Photo by Donald Miralle for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

The pro men prepare to kick off the second day of racing at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships. This marked the first time the men and women compete on separate days. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Jackson Laundry of Canada transitions from the swim to the bike. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

The male professionals run through transition. Photo by Donald Miralle for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Stephane Gomez of France on the scenic bike course. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Athletes compete on the bike course. The total elevation gain for the ride was 3442 feet/1049 meters. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Javier Gomez of Spain celebrates after running a 1:10:30 half-marathon on his way to the victory. Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

It’s been a tough 12 months for Spain’s Javier Gomez as a bike crash forced him to miss the Olympics. He got a bit of redemption with his second 70.3 world title on Sunday. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Ben Kanute of the USA (second place) watches Javier Gomez of Spain (first place) as he drinks champagne from a running shoe as they celebrate on the podium. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

Rodolphe Von Berg of the USA reacts after finishing 13th. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship

It took a lot of hard work to earn one of these over the weekend. Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images for Ironman

A weekend of racing at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship just wrapped up, and it featured several storylines to be excited about. For the first time in the history of the race, women were highlighted on their own day of racing on Saturday, with Daniela Ryf of Switzerland making her own history by becoming the first athlete to win three 70.3 World Championship titles. Sunday saw ITU all-star Javier Gomez of Spain return to the top of the world championship podium with a thrilling come-from-behind performance on the run. Overall, the weekend saw approximately 4,500 athletes from 90 countries compete.

More photos from the weekend:
Photos: Daniela Ryf Wins Record Third 70.3 World Title
Photos: Gomez Impresses to Earn Second 70.3 World Title