Lionel Sanders is the first Canadian to ever win the gold medal at the Muskoka International Half Ironman Triathlon.
The Harrow High School grad ran, swam and biked the 70.3 mile course in just 4 hours and 1 minute, breaking the course record by 6.5 minutes.
"I have dreamed about this big race for a long time and to become the first Canadian man ever to win as well as have the fastest bike and run ever on the course is a bit mind-blowing." Sanders related, just after he crossed the finish line.
"The sky is the limit for Lionel," stated long time coach Barrie Shepley "He knows he can bike and run with the very best in the world at any distance and another 12 months of improving his swim will give him the maximal number of opportunities to race from Olympic distance all the way up to Ironman."