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Canada’s Lionel Sanders and Great Britain’s Holly Lawrence each continued to prove their prowess at the half-iron distance with strong victories at Sunday’s Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant.
Sanders’ day consisted of a 26:17 swim, a 2:02:29 bike and a 1:15:06 half-marathon, putting him across the finish line at 3:47:31 and giving him his second-straight 70.3 Mont-Tremblant victory. Fellow Canadian Trevor Wurtele was solid across swim, bike and run to finish in the runner-up spot at 3:52:24. American Chris Leiferman finished a close third at 3:53:25.
Lawrence, who finished second here last year, earned her victory in dominant fashion—posting a 24:08 swim, a 2:15:40 bike (by far the fastest of the field) and a 1:25:05 run to cross the finish line at 4:08:53. Like husband Trevor Canadian Heather Wurtele finished in second, finishing her day in 4:17:08. American Lauren Barnett was third into the finishing chute at 4:22:46. American Meredith Kessler, the 2014 and 2015 winner, finished fourth in 4:28:15.
2016 Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant
Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada – June 26, 2016
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:47:31
2. Trevor Wurtele (CAN) 3:52:24
3. Chris Leiferman (USA) 3:53:25
4. Cody Beals (CAN) 3:57:33
5. Taylor Reid (CAN) 4:00:07
1. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 4:08:53
2. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:17:08
3. Lauren Barnett (USA) 4:22:46
4. Meredith Kessler (USA) 4:28:15
5. Lauren Brandon (USA) 4:32:24