Tyler Butterfield produced another strong performance today at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Mooloolaba, Australia as he finished 13th.And although the result did not match his 8th place finish last year, the field assembled for this year’s championships was perhaps the strongest ever.
Tyler started well as his swim of 22 mins 57 secs for the 1.9km swim put him in the leading group of riders going into the 90km bike. Despite the best efforts of the strongest cyclists in the group, such as pre race favorite Sebastian Kienle of Germany, all the 15 leading group got off the bike within 30 secs of each other after a blistering average pace of over 42km an hour.
Tyler was first in on the bike and was first out of transition with Kienle but faded quickly in the early part of the run as the top runners in the group set out very quickly. Tyler produced a solid run of 1 hr 16 mins 59 secs for the 21.1km run but the pace amongst the leaders was very fast with eventual winner Tim Reed of Australia swapping the lead with Kienle for most of the run before opening up a fine margin to win by two seconds with a very quick 1hr 11 min 03 secs. The top 7 finishers all went under 1 hr 13 mins and one of the pre race favorites, Lionel Sanders of Canada, ran his way into 9th place with a 1 hr 10 min 34 secs run after trailing badly in the swim.
Tyler now returns to Boulder to prepare for the Ironman World Championships in Kona on October 8th.
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