30 Nov '16, 11pm

Lionel Sanders Sets World Ironman Record With Crazy Fast Marathon Split

Lionel Sanders Sets World Ironman Record With Crazy Fast Marathon Split

But as a former cocaine addict who transformed into a world-class triathlete in less than a decade, Sanders knows what it’s like when beliefs profoundly change. In this case, they did at mile 23 of the marathon leg during Ironman Arizona on November 20. (The Ironman distance is a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, followed by a marathon.) Sanders, 28, from Ontario, Canada, had come off the fastest bike leg of his career, riding the 112 miles in 4:04:38. Going in to the running leg, the Ironman world record of 7:45:58, set by Marino Vanhoenacker of Austria in 2011, was within reach. But Sanders knew he needed to run the best marathon of his career in order to break it. He felt great for the first half, running a 1:18:00 split. But at mile 18, he slowed nearly a minute per mile. He stopped looking at his watch and figured the record was out of reach. He was content to suffer at t...

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