Butterfield secures podium place
Tyler Butterfield produced an impressive podium display competing at the Ironman 70.3 Boulder in Boulder, Colorado at the weekend.
The Bermudian triathlete completed the 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run in 3hrs, 44mins and 40secs to finish second in the professional men's division.
Butterfield had splits of 25:42, 2:03:42 and 1:11:56.
“Great to have a good day yesterday in front of friends and family,” he tweeted. “Nice to show my children what I do and why I train so much.
“Huge Thank you #IM703Boulder for another amazing event. You never disappoint.”
The 36-year-old made a late charge on the run to reel in leader Chris Leiferman, but ultimately ran out of real estate as his American rival held on to win Saturday's event held at Boulder Reservoir by a mere eight seconds.
The pair finished nearly five minutes ahead of Kennett Peterson, also of the United States, who crossed the line in third to complete the podium.
Butterfield's impressive showing came on the heels of his solid seventh-place finish competing at June's Ironman Boulder.
American Skye Moench claimed the women's title at Saturday's Ironman 70.3 Boulder convincingly with a time of 4hrs 9mins 42secs to follow up on her breakthrough triumph at last month's Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, Germany.
Leslie Smith was second in 4hrs 15mins 49secs followed by Meredith Kessler who completed the United States' clean sweep of the podium in third, with a time of 4hrs 18mins 58secs.
The Ironman 70.3 Boulder featured nearly 2,700 participants from 47 states and 31 countries.
As well as bragging rights, spots for next month's Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France were also up for grabs at last weekend's event