Photos: Surprises Abound in Oceanside, South Africa, Salou

It was a wild weekend of racing around the world, full of last-minute changes, come-from-behind wins, and even a photo finish. At Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Canadian Jackson Laundry surprised everyone in a come-from-behind victory, while American Taylor Knibb dominated a stacked women’s field to further cement her role as one of triathlon’s power players. Challenge Salou moved to a duathlon format after a polar blast moved through the region, and Kristian Hogenhaug of Denmark and Brit Fenella Landridge capitalized on the opportunity to unleash strong bike and run performances for the win. In South Africa, Germany’s Daniela Bleymehl made a memorable return to racing after giving birth to her second child last summer by besting the women’s field by over 11 minutes; in the men’s race, it was a South African podium sweep led by Kyle Buckingham.

Read columnist Brad Culp’s recap of the races in this week’s installment of Last Weekend Now, and scroll below for photos from the day.