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Sports Canadians win double gold at IRONMAN Indian Wells

11:05  09 december  2019
11:05  09 december  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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Paula Findlay, seen here in the IRONMAN St. George Utah on May 4, 2019, won gold at the IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells -La Quinta on 10 miles into the bike portion of the race the Edmonton native had nearly doubled her lead. By the time the bike portion was over, the 30-year-old Canadian

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a group of people sitting on a bench: Paula Findlay, seen here in the IRONMAN St. George Utah on May 4, 2019, won gold at the IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta on Sunday, Dec. 8.© Provided by cbc.ca Paula Findlay, seen here in the IRONMAN St. George Utah on May 4, 2019, won gold at the IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta on Sunday, Dec. 8.

It was a clean sweep for Canada at the top of the podium at the IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta as Paula Findlay of Edmonton and Lionel Sanders of Windsor, Ont. captured gold in the women and men's event, respectively.

Findlay had nearly a minute lead on Holly Benner and Elise Lagerstrom of the United States at the conclusion of the swim portion. She didn't stop there as she only increased her lead. 10 miles into the bike portion of the race the Edmonton native had nearly doubled her lead.

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The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta triathlon will take place on Sunday, December 8, from approximately 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please be advised that during this time, lanes and roads will be closed off periodically to accommodate the athletes participating in the IRONMAN race.

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By the time the bike portion was over, the 30-year-old Canadian had a 6:55 minute lead over Benner. She closed out the win with a final time of 4:07:37, nearly eight minutes ahead of runner-up Alissa Doehla and 10 minutes ahead of bronze medallist, Chelsea Sodaro.

#IM703IndianWells Women's podium

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Sanders rallies to victory

On the men's side, Sanders' win didn't come as easily.

At the conclusion of the swim portion, Sanders was more than a minute back of the lead and not even in the top-five. Yet, 25 miles into the bike race, the Windsor, Ont. native turned on the jets, as he took over third place and was less than 40 seconds back of the lead.

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From there, Sanders overtook the lead with 17 miles remaining on the bike and he never looked back, ending the bike portion with a 1:37 minute lead. The Canadian then closed out strong as he cruised to the win with a commanding five minute lead.

#IM703IndianWells Men's podium

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Congrats men! ????????????— @IRONMANLive

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