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Lionel Sanders secures triathlon worlds victory with race-best 30K run

The professional triathlete clocked 1:45:34 for 30K, the fastest of any run split in the field at the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships

Lionel Sanders
Photo: Kevin Mackinnon.

Lionel Sanders ran the 30K leg of the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships in a time that would have placed him in the top-15 of the popular Around the Bay road race.

The Windsor, Ont. native, who used to race cross-country and track at the collegiate level, ran 1:45:34 for 30K at the Penticton, B.C. championships, a split that averages out to 3:31 per kilometre. At that pace, his 10K splits averaged out to 35:11, back-to-back-to-back.

The run split came after more than three hours on the course including 40:40 for the 3K swim and 2:51:12 for the 120K bike. His second leg was a challenging one as Sanders sustained a flat tire.

“I was running off of pure anger and you can do a lot of things when you’re pissed off,” he says.

WORLD CHAMPION 🇨🇦

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The 29-year-old formerly competed in varsity for the University of Windsor and later Hamilton-based McMaster University.

Read the full race recap at triathlonmagazine.ca