CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — The Ironman 70.3 world championship wraps up in Chattanooga Sunday.
The two-day event brought out pros from all over the world.
A celebration and a drink of champange from a shoe for the top three Ironman men’s race finishers.
Javier Gomez takes first place finishing in 3:49:45.
“I just went for it from the beginning. I didn’t think much, just tried a hard pace that I thought I could keep for pretty much the whole race, and when eventually caught Ben, I didn’t have much left, but lucky it was enough to pass him and to take the win,” Gomez said.
The only American in the top five finishers Ben Kanute crossed the finish line just a minute and 21 seconds after Gomez, taking second place in the world championship.
“It was a spectacular course. It was just a fun day over all and maybe not as fun afterwards, but yeah it was just amazing. It was almost like a dream I wasn’t really expecting to sit here at this table afterwards, but just kind of went after it and tried to check off as many boxes as I could,” Kanute said.
Not far behind, Ironman world record holder Tim Don took third place.
“Overall it’s been a fantastic weekend and really makes me proud to be third in the world in such, in such a great sport,” Don said.
The men’s race comes a day after the women’s round.
On Saturday Daniela Ryf came in first in just over four hours.
“Coming, yeah, coming to the world championship and being able to really show your best is really is yeah couldn’t be better,” Ryf said.
Chattanooga will host another Ironman 70.3 event next may.