ITU’s Best of 2017: Multisport Superstar

by Chelsea White/ITU Media

Every year and every single new triathlon season always brings its own set of memorable moments such as exciting performances, close battles on the race course, personal best finishes and emotional triumphs. The 2017 season was no different, from the World Triathlon Series, World Cups, Multisport milestones and Paratriathlon Championships, the whole entire season was one for the record books.

So, what better way to honour an amazing season such as the one of 2017 than to name the Best of the Best!

Over the rest of the month of January we will be naming the “Best of 2017” moments from the year, anything from overall athletes to top race performances to inspirational finishes because when you have a year like we just had, you have to celebrate it!

Today we honour our next category: Multisport Superstar!

Male Multisport Superstar: Lionel Sanders (CAN) – Long Distance

Lionel Sanders running in Penticton

The inaugural ITU Multisport World Championships all came to a close in Penticton with the Triathlon Long Distance race, with athletes completing a 3km swim, 120km bike and 30km run. All the hype was on this race and it did not disappoint! The men’s race saw Aussie Josh Amberger take control right from the start line and through T2. It was once the run started that things got interesting. Sanders made his move and brushed by into first place! He then never faltered, finishing just above the five hours and 20 minutes with the advantage of about two minutes. What made it even sweeter was him winning the title on home soil, with Canadian fans going wild! Sanders then went on to compete in Kona at the Ironman World Championships where he finished second, completing the course in 8:04:07.

See also:  Gomez Nails 1st Ironman Win; Kortekaas Surprises with Victory at Ironman Malaysia

Female Multisport Superstar: Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) – Duathlon

Felicity Sheed-Ryan wins in Penticton Duathlon

Duathlon opened up the Multisport World Championships in Penticton, where the run-bike-run athletes crowned the first Multisport World Champions. On the elite women’s side, that honour went to Aussie Sheedy-Ryan. She battled it out on the course, remaining in the front through the first run and bike legs. Not until the final run pace did she sprint ahead and take the lead to cross the finish line and earn the title. Her crown was not the first, she reclaimed her thrown after first earning the title in 2012!

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