C3 Alumni Lionel Sanders Wins the World Long Course Championship


He was 4th in his first long course world championships in Mt Tremblant behind Javier Gomez, Jan Frodeno and Tim Don in 2014. Lionel Sanders headed to Australia last year with a goal of winning his first world title, but returned frustrated when pack drafting on the bike prevented him from winning.

Sunday Aug 27th, in Penticton British Columbia, the 29 year old C3 Alumni won his first World Title over Australia’s Josh Ambuger.  Not only did he win the World Championships (3k swim - 120km bike - 30km run) but he did it in true dramatic fashion.   After coming out of the water four minutes down, he started his patented bike ride and rode through the competition on his way to the front of the bike race.  Unfortunately a flat tire on the bike course resulted with a significant time loss on the bike and he had to run down the race leaders on the 30km run course.  The 30k run was made up of 3 x 10km loops and it wasn’t until late in the third 10km loop that Lionel finally got into the lead for his first ever World Championship Title.

“Lionel’s journey has been incredible unique and always with a flair for the dramatic” said C3 head coach Barrie Shepley.  C3 was lucky to have an extended relationship with Lionel during his important development part of his career.”  "I know that Lionel values and appreciates all that the C3 club - coaches and our sponsors were able to contribute to his important development” said Shepley.   Sanders joins Peter Reid as the only two men to ever win an elite world title in triathlon.