Tyler Butterfield demonstrated tremendous sportsmanship by giving up his third-place finish at the Ironman 70.3 Dubai yesterday.
The Bermuda triathlete crossed the line in third but later agreed to swap positions and take fourth instead after Ruedi Wild, of Switzerland, lodged a complaint after taking a wrong turn near the finish after moving into third.
“I’m happy, great swim/bike,” Butterfield said. “Fastest bike but a little disappointed to not run the way I used to years ago and slip back to fourth.
“Second or third would have been nice after leading. But it was always known Javier would catch us on the run.”
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Bermuda has been chosen to host three International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series events in 2018, 2019, and 2020, the Bermuda Tourism Authority and Ministry of Tourism announced today, calling this a “huge win” for the island.
Speaking at a press conference, Tourism Minister Michael Fahy said, “I have some very exciting news to share with the people of Bermuda.
“We found out this week that Bermuda has been chosen to host not one, not two, but three International Triathlon Union World Series events in April 2018, 2019, and 2020.”
“This is a first for Bermuda, and a huge win for all of us,” said Minister Fahy, who added that events are expected to bring approximately 1,200 competitors for each event, and the races “will be broadcast around the world.”
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BOA President, Judy Simons, receiving plaque in recognition of BOA's 80th Anniversary from President of the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO),
Dr. Julio C. Maglione.