This weekend saw some of the most thrilling racing in 70.3 history as the pros delivered one breathtaking moment after another over the course of two days of racing. Photographers Patrick McDermott and Donald Miralle were on the course, capturing it all. Keep scrolling for their shots from the day, and for the full story, read the race recaps:
- Taylor Knibb Powers to Victory at 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championships
- In a Rollercoaster 70.3 World Championship, Kristian Blummenfelt Holds on for the Win
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The women’s pro field runs into Sand Hollow to begin the 1.2 mile swim.
Lotte Wims (green) and Lucy Charles-Barclay lead out of the swim.
The morning sun illuminates the red sand desert that surrounds the Ironman 70.3 World Championship bike course.
Charles-Barclay was in the mix all day long, but could not defend her 2021 70.3 World Championship title.
Taylor Knibb put on a master class in racing, finding her way to the front of the field early in the race and building a continuous gap on the competition.
While Knibb powered to her win, a battle for the remaining podium spots took place behind. Paula Findlay, Flora Duffy, and Charles-Barclay entered T2 together and spend the first half of the run as a trio.
After pulling away from the three-way showdown at the halfway point of the run, Findlay pushed hard to second place and an emotional run down the finisher’s chute.
Emma Pallant-Browne clocked a 1:17:45 half marathon to overtake Duffy and Charles-Barclay for third place.
Knibb celebrates her victory at the finish line. “I’m just grateful to have executed a good swim, bike and run. I just wanted to get to the finish line…and I can’t believe I made it,” Knibb said after the race.
The 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championship women’s podium: (L-R) Paula Findlay, second place; Taylor Knibb, first place; Emma Pallant-Browne, third place.
Knibb is all smiles after taking her first-ever 70.3 World Title.
Day 2 showcased the men’s pro race and even more thrilling action.
The close racing of Day 2 was foreshadowed by a swim where 21 athletes exited the water within the span of 41 seconds; of those, 19 exited the water in a tight 20 seconds.
The tight racing continued through the entirety of the bike leg, with the lead pack staying close together even through big moves in Snow Canyon.
It was Blummenfelt and Kanute who emerged from T2 in the lead, leaving their competition behind. However, the two would not be able to break apart until the final miles of the race.
Blummenfelt was the one to take the W, pulling ahead of Kanute with a blistering sprint to the finish.
Kanute, who had struggled to put together a strong race recently, was more than happy to claim second place.
Blummenfelt and Kanute welcome third place Magnus Ditlev across the finish line.
The pro men’s podium enjoys a celebratory beer shower.