Sali and Sanders super in Arizona

Kaisa Sali ran her way to her second Ironman title, while Lionel Sanders powered away from the rest of the men on the bike to successfully defend his title at Ironman Arizona.

| November 20, 2017 | NEWS

Lionel Sanders successfully defends his Ironman Arizona title.

Lionel Sanders successfully defends his Ironman Arizona title.

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Lionel Sanders is sure making it harder and harder for the rest of his competition to figure out how to beat him. Remember the days when the key to taking Sanders was to open up a big enough gap in the water and then try to pad that gap with some super-fast biking early? Yeah, those days are pretty much done.

Sanders was just 2:30 down to fellow Canadian Brent McMahon at the end of the swim and was in the lead at Ironman Arizona by 9 miles (15 km). The rest of the race was simply a matter of watching to see how fast Sanders would go. He scorched through a 4:12 bike split and rounded the day out with a 2:47 marathon to beat McMahon by over 13 minutes. Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA) was third ... but a whopping 21 minutes behind Sanders by the time all was said and done.

Kaisa Sali takes the Ironman Arizona title.

Kaisa Sali takes the Ironman Arizona title.

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Sali surges through

At least the women's race was interesting. Helle Frederiksen, racing in her first full-distance event, led through the swim with fellow Dane Michelle Vesterby on her heels. Kaisa Sali (FIN) was 4:30 down but would eventually join the two Danes at the front of the race. The big mover on the bike was Canada's Jen Annett, who blasted to a 4:38 split that put her in first off the bike. Vesterby would fall behind over the closing stages off the bike, leaving Sali and Frederiksen to chase the Canadian through the run.

In the end it was Sali who pulled through to take the win, with Frederiksen racing to an impressive runner-up debut. Annett would hang on for third with Vesterby finishing fourth.

Ironman Arizona | Women

November 19, 2017 | Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Kaisa Sali

FIN

8:51:54

0:56:32

4:46:06

3:04:39

2

Helle Frederiksen

DEN

8:55:35

0:52:06

4:50:19

3:09:09

3

Jen Annett

CAN

8:59:27

1:01:44

4:38:17

3:15:38

4

Michelle Vesterby

DEN

9:04:42

0:52:07

4:51:48

3:16:40

5

Sarah Piampiano

USA

9:09:10

1:01:24

4:50:32

3:11:28

6

Katy Evans

USA

9:19:19

0:54:29

5:06:09

3:14:10

7

Kelly Williamson

USA

9:32:09

0:53:38

5:27:06

3:06:01

8

Bianca Steurer

AUT

9:32:36

0:59:11

4:58:05

3:30:27

9

Natasha Van Der Merwe

RSA

9:37:26

1:02:02

5:08:33

3:22:33

10

Jessica Jones

USA

9:42:56

0:59:06

5:13:49

3:21:51

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Ironman Arizona | Women

November 19, 2017 | Tempe, Arizona, USA.

Name

Country

Total

3.8 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Lionel Sanders

CAN

7:54:10

0:51:33

4:12:03

2:47:15

2

Brent McMahon

CAN

8:07:40

0:49:05

4:26:26

2:48:54

3

Jeremy Jurkiewicz

FRA

8:15:22

0:49:08

4:26:26

2:56:21

4

Michael Patrick Alonso Mckernan

ESP

8:19:41

0:53:36

4:19:37

3:01:29

5

Jeff Symonds

CAN

8:20:38

0:49:39

4:34:12

2:52:54

6

Jonathan Shearon

USA

8:26:19

0:53:34

4:31:48

2:57:07

7

Jesse Vondracek

USA

8:40:33

0:53:39

4:34:49

3:08:22

8

Clint Kimmins

USA

8:40:51

0:53:27

4:37:19

3:06:01

9

Clay Emge

USA

8:43:55

0:55:20

4:39:16

3:03:50

10

Christian Brader

GER

8:44:09

0:55:25

4:38:01

3:06:25

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