Beals and Lester shatter records at Ironman Mont-Tremblant

While triathlon fans were anxiously watching Lionel Sanders' return to racing, Cody Beals put together a masterful performance to break the eight-hour barrier, while Carrie Lester annihilated the women's course record.

| August 19, 2019 | NEWS

Cody Beals not only defended his title at Ironman Mont-Tremblant, he continued his unbeaten-Ironman-streak with his third Ironman title.

Cody Beals not only defended his title at Ironman Mont-Tremblant, he continued his unbeaten-Ironman-streak with his third Ironman title.

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There was no shortage of drama at Ironman Mont-Tremblant this year, nor was there any shortage of impressive performances.

The impressive performances came from the two champs - Cody Beals and Carrie Lester, who both set new course records. Beals shattered his own record set last year in his Ironman debut with a sub-8 performance, while Lester went almost 20 minutes faster than Mary Beth Ellis went in 2013 with her 8:48 clocking.

The drama came from both runner-ups. Both Lionel Sanders and Sarah True had yet to qualify for Kona. Sanders because of an injury that sidelined him for much of the year, True because she collapsed at her previous two Ironman attempts - first on the run in Cairns and then with 800 m to go in Frankfurt, with an eight-minute lead, no less.

Both will get to go to Kona, though, thanks to their runner-up finishes today and, while both struggled, they both would have broken the old course records with their races today.

Sanders blasts the bike ... Beals pulls through on the run

The men's race began with Canadian Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches swimming clear of the rest of the field to take a lead of a few minutes onto the bike. Beals led the chase pack out of the water a couple of minutes down, with Sanders coming out of the water by himself another minute behind.

Once on the bike, though, Sanders didn't waste much time hammering towards the front and Beals kept pace with his countryman through the first of the two-loops on the bike. The pair caught Jolicoeur Desroches by 60 km and quickly separated themselves from the rest of the field. Sanders would finally ride away from the defending champion on the second loop, hitting T2 with a four-minute lead over Beals after a 4:15 bike split.

Through the first half of the run Sanders kept up a 2:42-marathon pace, which Beals matched. The four-months off due to his hip injury finally caught up with Sanders, though, and he began to struggle with 10 km to go in the marathon. Beals, though, most definitely did not. He maintained that 2:42 pace and flew by Sanders and headed back to the finish in Mont-Tremblant in record-setting style.

Beals is now three-for-three in Ironman races - he won his debut here last year, then took Ironman Chattanooga and has won here again. He'll head to Kona with some well-deserved confidence in his fitness.

Sanders might not have got the win, but he certainly has proven that he's ready to compete for the win in Kona again. A few more months of training can only help on that front.

Here's what he had to say after the race:

Another Canadian, Nathan Killam, managed to run his way past a fading Jolicoeur Desroches to round out the podium.

Lester lights up the bike

The women's race started with the two women we expected to lead the way in the water doing just that. Two-time Olympian True led the way with Meredith Kessler on her feet pretty much the entire way. Lester trailed the pair by almost a minute and a half, but quickly moved to the front on the bike and never looked back. As the Australian powered away on the bike True maintained second spot, but Kessler seemed to struggle on the bike and would be passed by her countrywoman Jodie Robertson and New Zealand's Melanie Burke before the end of the ride.

Lester was in a zone of her own and enjoyed a 15-minute lead off the bike. True had about five-minutes on Robertson, but was never really challenged. Lester's 3:03:51 marathon split was exactly a minute faster than True's, giving the Australian the day's fastest bike and run splits and that new course record.

True was able to hang on for the runner-up finish that will get her a Kona slot (Lester has already qualified), but was justifiably exhausted with the effort. (You can check out her interview shortly after her finish below.) Robertson hung tough for third.

Ironman Mont-Tremblant | Men

August 18, 2019 | Mont-Tremblant, Canada

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Cody Beals

CAN

7:58:34

50:36

4:20:53

2:42:28

2

Lionel Sanders

CAN

8:05:38

51:48

4:15:12

2:53:58

3

Nathan Killam

CAN

8:29:15

50:40

4:37:17

2:56:34

4

Cedric Boily

CAN

8:34:45

50:51

4:38:19

3:00:42

5

Scott Defilippis

USA 

8:38:22

53:35

4:42:50

2:56:27

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Ironman Mont-Tremblant | Women

August 18, 2019 | Mont-Tremblant, Canada

Name

Country

Overall

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Carrie Lester

AUS

8:48:26

51:23

4:48:20

3:03:51

2

Sarah True

USA 

9:04:31

50:11

5:04:16

3:04:51

3

Jodie Robertson

USA 

9:16:16

59:40

4:59:34

3:11:28

4

Pamela-Ann Bachelder

CAN

9:30:13

1:01:19

5:15:04

3:08:41

5

Melanie Burke

NZL

9:34:31

1:07:42

4:58:06

3:22:31

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