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Triumph & Tragedy as Manocchio & Stampfli Win Pucon 70.3

im703puconmanocchio.jpgGuilherme Manocchio of Brazil and Carla Stampfli of Switzerland win today's 2012 Ironman 70.3 Pucon triathlon in Chile. The race, one of 57 qualifying races in the series was the first Ironman 70.3 Series race of 2012. The celebration in Pucon is mute as news filtered through that 31-year old Ivan Paez of Argentina had died during the race.

"The Organization of the Ironman 70.3 Pucon, whishes to express its deepest regret and inform that the athlete Ivan Paez, N° 299, from Argentina, participating in the 30 - 34 category, had a cardiopulmonary arrest, during the cycling stage near by the aerodrome of Pucon.

After the cardiopulmonary resuscitation maneuvers, the emergency network started to work, transferring the competitor immediately to the hospital of Pucon to provide advanced maneuvers.

Unfortunately, after all the efforts, the competitor couldn't been stabilized, and died in the hospital.

We express our condolences to his family and friends."

With a time of 4:01:59 Manocchio won what many athletes state is one of the most beautiful race in the world. Not far behind him was fellow countryman Santiago Ascencio with American Michael Lovato rounding out the top three. Manocchio beat pre-race favorite and the defending champion Daniel Fontana who suffered a puncture on the bike course and couldn't make up the time. Fontana finishes the day in 7th place. Just outside of the top thee was American Ben Hoffman who finished in 6th place with a time of 4:10:36.

2012 Ironman 70.3 Pucon Results:
January 15, 2012 - Pucon, Chile

Pro Men Results Time
Pro Women Results Time
Guilherme Manocchio 4:01:59
Carla Stampfli 4:38:03
Santiago Ascencio 4:06:32
Valentina Carvallo 4:40:23
Michael Lovato 4:07:15
Heather Gollnick 4:46:46
Lucas Cocha 4:08:09
Amanda Lovato 4:52:15
Mario De Elias 4:10:16
Ariane Monticeli 5:01:13

In the women's race Stampfli beat local Chilean triathlete Valentina Carvallo by just over two minutes. Rounding out the top three women on the podium was American Heather Gollnick who had enough of a a lead to stay ahead of fellow American Amanda Lovato.

Click here to view the results from the 2012 Ironman 70.3 Pucon triathlon.