Canada’s Lionel Sanders and the United States’ Sarah Haskins claimed the Ironman 70.3 Pan American Championship titles on Sunday in Panama City, Panama. Each took home $20,000 (as part of an overall $100,000 prize purse) and valuable early-season points toward 70.3 and Ironman World Championship qualification.
Sanders spent his day working his way up from the back, coming out of the swim in 20th (24:35 swim split), off of the bike in second (1:55:04 bike split) and up to first at the finish line (1:14:47 run split), giving him the win in 3:38:52. France’s Antony Costes was first off of the bike and settled for second at the finish line in 3:41:53. Australia’s Tim Reed rounded out the top three in 3:44:08.
Haskins remained unbeaten at the 70.3 distance thanks to a 21:47 swim, 2:13:58 bike and a 1:28:34 run, crossing the finish line at 4:08:53. Fellow American Lisa Roberts had the fastest run of the women (22:04) to finish in second at 4:10:36. Heather Lendway made it an all-American podium, claiming third at 4:10:41.
2016 Ironman 70.3 Latin American Championships
Panama City, Panama – Jan. 31, 2016
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 3:38:52
2. Antony Costes (FRA) 3:41:53
3. Tim Reed (AUS) 3:44:08
4. Jeff Symonds (CAN) 3:44:20
5. Oscar Galindez (ARG) 3:44:53
1. Sarah Haskins (USA) 4:08:53
2. Lisa Roberts (USA) 4:10:35
3. Heather Lendway (USA) 4:10:41
4. Kirsty Jahn (CAN) 4:10:49
5. Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:12:23