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Sanders began his day in 8th place with a 4:11 deficit to swim leader Josh Amberger of Australia. A flat tire cost Sanders the best bike ride of the day, but even with a flat he rode a third-best 2:51:12 split for the 120 kilometer bike leg. Sanders arrived at T2 in third place, 6:26 behind leader Amberger, 2:42 behind Sylvain Sudrie of France and 1:05 ahead of Joe Gambles of Australia.
On his way to a race-best 1:45:34 split for the 30 kilometer run leg, Sanders passed Amberger for the lead in the final 10km and finished in 5:20:36 with a 1:33 margin of victory over the Australian (1:53:23 run split) and 5:47 ahead of 3rd-place Joe Gambles (1:50:14 run).
Sanders’ victory adds yet another highlight to a dominating 2017 season. Previously Sanders won 70.3s at Pucon, Buenos Aires, Oceanside and Mont Tremblant, plus a 2nd to a healthy Alistair Brownlee at St. George 70.3 and a win at Challenge – The Championship in Slovakia.
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Jennifer Spieldenner of the U.S. led the 3km swim with a 39:28 split, which gave her a 3 seconds lead on Helle Frederiksen of Denmark, 5 seconds on Leanda Cave of Great Britain, 9 seconds on Camilla Pedersen of Denmark, 10 seconds on Rachel McBride of Canada, 3:27 on Heather Wurtele of Canada and 3:28 on Crowley.
After a women’s-fastest 3:09:24 split for the 120 kilometer bike leg, Crowley arrived in T2 2:08 behind race leader Frederiksen, 8 seconds ahead of Cave, 14 seconds ahead of Heather Wurtele, 17 seconds ahead of Pedersen and 3:36 ahead of Rachel McBride of Canada.
After 10 kilometers of the run, Crowley cut down Frederiksen’s lead to 1:33 while Heather Wurtele stood 3rd, 39 seconds later. About 10 kilometers later, Crowley passed Frederiksen for the lead. After her women’s-best 1:55:37 split for the 30 kilometer run, Crowley finished in 5:51:23 with a 3:41 margin of victory over Frederiksen (2:01:L52 run) and 4:28 over 3rd-place Wurtele, who closed with a 2:00:00 run.
Crowley’s ITU Long Distance World title adds to a stupendous breakthrough year that includes a women’s race record 8:47:58 winning time at the Ironman European Championship at Frankfurt and an 8:58:14 winning time at the Asian-Pacific Ironman Championship in Cairns, Australia.