Photographer Paul Phillips shares images of the professional race from Mooloolaba.

2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
The calm before a busy day of swimming, biking and running.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
A beautiful morning at Mooloolaba Beach.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Australia’s Josh Amberger was the fastest swimmer of the day, turning in a 21:56 swim split for the 1.2 miles.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
American Lauren Brandon was the fastest woman with a 22:54 swim.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Holly Lawrence was not far behind Brandon. The strong swim set her up for an opportunity to race off of the front.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
American Heather Lindsay
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
American Alicia Kaye
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf reportedly wasn’t feeling well during race week and she didn’t seem herself on the race course, choosing to ride with the main group instead of making a breakaway.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
When Holly Lawrence rode by, Lauren Brandon was able to stick to a similar pace for a good chunk of the ride. She came off of the bike in second 3:46 back.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Lawrence was impressive on the bike segment, posting a 2:19:28 split for the 56-mile effort.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Australia’s Luke McKenzie had some troubles in T1 that ultimately led to mechanical issues on the bike ride. (McKenzie shared what happened on his Instagram.)
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Sebastian Kienle quickly eliminated the 2-minute deficit out of the swim to ride to the front of the race.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
New Zealand’s Terenzo Bozzone is the 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champion.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Bozzone, Kienle and France’s Maurice Clavel reach the crest of a steep climb.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Sebastian Kienle was looking to become the first athlete to earn three 70.3 world titles.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Australia’s Nicholas Kastelein was in the mix for much of the race.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Australia’s Sam Appleton
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Terenzo Bozzone is one of several members of the Bahrain Endurance team who raced on Sunday.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
A long string of athletes, led by Craig Alexander, watch as Sebastian Kienle and Tim Reed run away out front.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Kienle quickly decided to be the aggressor on the run.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
The chasers
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Tim Reed, Sebastian Kienle and Sam Appleton
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Sam Appleton and Maurice Clavel chase Tim Reed and Sebastian Kienle
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Tim Reed and Sebastian Kienle went back and forth the entire half-marathon.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Kienle and Reed battle to the finish line
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Alicia Kaye on her way to an eighth-place finish.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Holly Lawrence backed her strong swim and bike with a 1:21:48 half-marathon.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Reed gets the slight advantage on the finishing carpet.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Reed earns his first world title in 3:44:14.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Lawrence, a 70.3 specialist, has been impressive all year. Her first world title came in 4:09:12.
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
The podium celebration: Melissa Hauschildt (second), Holly Lawrence (first) and Heather Wurtele (third).
2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
The medals await the athletes at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Photo: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image

Photos: Paul Phillips/Competitive Image/@Compimagephoto

In a field that featured several former champions, Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship crowned two new winners in an exciting day of racing. Australia’s Tim Reed and Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence earned their the victories in impressive fashion on Sunday. The men’s race was a battle to the finish line, while the women’s race saw Lawrence dominate from early on in the bike. Read the race recap