Butterfield 3rd, Lance Armstrong Wins

September 30, 2012

Bermuda’s Tyler Butterfield finished third in the SuperFrog Triathlon in California today [Sept 30], with seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong winning the race, and setting a new course record.

The annual SuperFrog Triathlon consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. Second place in the men’s race went to Australia’s Leon Griffin, while Beth Walsh won the women’s race in 4:37:09.

The conversion of Mr Armstrong to triathlon has been feeding hopes of a popularity explosion in the sport, the Wall Street Journal reports.

In August, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency banned Mr Armstrong for life from competitive cycling in connection with allegations he used banned substances. Despite the ban, the 41-year-old was allowed to compete in the SuperFrog because it was nonsanctioned and not subject to USADA rules.

The SuperFrog Triathlon decided against racing with the sanctioning so that Mr Armstrong could compete, and are reported to have gained an extra 200 participants due to the “Lance effect.”

Yesterday Tyler Butterfield — a two-time Olympian — finished 7th in the sprint style F1 Triathlon held in California.

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  1. “Pain is temporary. Quitting lasts forever”

    Lance Armstrong has had more challenges and faced more difficulties, than most people. And with his pending and imminent court case ruling it doesn’t look like these adversities will cease soon.

    Lance Armstrong is a fighter, a survivor a champion, a inspiration while at the same time he is still a very human hero.

    Information with Inspiration

  2. Ole says:

    Given the amount of significant evidence against Armstrong, he is also someone that has cheated and in a masssive way.

    While he is clearly a humanitarian, he is most definitely not a champion and for sure not a role model.