Lionel Sanders (CAN) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) Win 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championships

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ST. GEORGE, Utah (May 1, 2021) — St. George, Utah provided breathtaking scenery for athletes on Saturday, May 1 as they swam 1.2-miles, biked 56-miles and ran 13.1 miles through southern Utah for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship St. George triathlon. With a large and talented female and male professional field, many have viewed this event as a preview for the Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission which will also be taking place in St. George in 2021. Lionel Sanders (CAN) and Daniela Ryf (CHE) took the top honors with finishing times of 3:42:56 and 4:04:47 respectively. 

Lionel Sanders (CAN) claims victory at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship in St. George, Utah. Photo courtesy IRONMAN
Lionel Sanders (CAN) claims victory at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship in St. George, Utah. Photo courtesy IRONMAN
Daniela Ryf (CHE) claims victory at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship in St. George, Utah. Photo courtesy IRONMAN
Daniela Ryf (CHE) claims victory at the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship in St. George, Utah. Photo courtesy IRONMAN

Rounding out the men’s professional podium was Sam Long (USA), who came in second with a finish time of 3:43:02 and Magnus Ditlev (DNK) who posted a 3:45:12 finishing time that was good for third place. On the female side, Jeanni Metzler (ZAF) took second in 4:09:16, while Emma Pallant-Brown (GBR) finished in third with a 4:10:03 performance.

Top five professional men’s results:
 SWIMBIKERUNFINISH
1. Lionel Sanders (CAN)0:25:0202:02:5601:09:4303:42:56
2. Sam Long (USA)0:25:2502:02:3901:09:4303:43:02
3. Magnus Ditlev (DNK)0:23:2602:01:2601:14:4403:45:12
4. Rodolphe Von Berg (USA)0:23:1502:02:3901:11:5803:45:29
5. Jackson Laundry (CAN)0:23;5202:04:4601:13:4503:45:44
 
Top five professional women’s results:
 SWIMBIKERUNFINISH
1. Daniela Ryf (CHE)0:23:4502:14:1201:20:5404:04:47
2. Jeanni Metzler (ZAF)0:23:4502:21:3301:18:1104:09:16
3. Emma Pallant-Brown (GBR)0:25:0902:19:1601:20:0304:10:03
4. Paula Findlay (CAN)0:23:5102:21:4001:21:5104:13:07
5. Skye Moench (USA)0:25:1502:19:4701:22:2304:13:24

Earlier this week, IRONMAN announced that the city of St. George, Utah, will once again play host to a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon for the first time since 2012, with the event scheduled for May 7, 2022 and again in 2024. In addition, the new IRONMAN St. George will be designated as the 2022 and 2024 IRONMAN North America Championships.

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