Pre-race favorites gain the spotlight as Americans Tim O'Donnell and Amanda Stevens took the lead respectively on the 2013 Ironman Brazil bike course and never looked back. The pair claimed their first ever Ironman victories in part to the big leads off bike. In his first visit to Florianópolis, O'Donnell narrowly missed the sub-8-hour mark, finishing in a time of 8:01:32, a new course record. Stevens who also might have been making here Brazil debut missed the sub-9-hour mark by nearly 6 minutes with her time of 9:05:53 but also sets a new course record. Some 2,000 athletes raced in perfect condition in and around the capital of Santa Catarina.
Luiz Francisco of Brazil and O'Donnell got things started, coming out of the water first with 44 minute swim splits, followed with Igor Amorelli, Lucas Cocha and others almost 2 minutes back.
O'Donnell took the lead early into the bike. By the 40km mark he built a lead of nearly 5 minutes over the men's pro field which included previous winners Eduardo Sturla and defending champ Ezequiel Morales. As the day progressed O'Donnell kept his distance from the field, doubling his lead by the halfway mark and nearly tripling it by the time he returned to T2. O'Donnell ran out of T2 with a 14 minute lead on Amorelli and a 17 minute lead on Francisco.
At this point it was his race to win or lose after his 4:22:23 bike split. He maintained his composure and lead on the run course, extending it to nearly 20 minutes over the closes competitor Amorelli. In the end O'Donnell ran a fast 2:50:18 marathon to win his first ever Ironman title and break the Ironman Brazil course record with a time of 8:01:32. Amorelli hung on for second with his 2:54:17 marathon split, holding off Stefan Schmid who took third place.
2013 Ironman Brasil Results:
Florianópolis, Brasil - May 26, 2013
|Pro Men Results||Time||
|Pro Women Results||Time|
|Mario De Elias||08:31:59||
|Santiago Alves Ascengo||08:32:20||
|* = New Course record|
On the women's side it was newcomer American Haley Chura who came of out the water ahead nearly 2-minutes ahead of Stevens who is always one of the first females out of the water in competition. Chura's 46:21 swim was faster than most of the pro men's field. Stevens was out of the water in 48:44 while another American, Hillary Biscay (50:54) followed her out 2 minutes behind in third.
Like on the men's side, Stevens caught Chura early into the bike and powered on. She gradually extended her lead on the bike. By the 120km mark, Stevens was holding a strong a 7-minute lead on Mirjam Weerd. It was a fast Silvia Felt who narrowed the lead for Stevens as she entered T2. Felt ended up having the fastest women's bike split 4:48:10, nearly 3-minutes faster than Stevens at 4:51:29 but was still behind because of her 9-minute deficit on the swim. Felt was second into T2 with Weerd third.
The gap was smaller, which meant that Steven's had to run fast. Early on it was Felt and Weerd but they faded, behind them was Sara Gross of Canada and American Jessie Donavan who were chasing Stevens down. The gap was slowing shrinking but in the end Stevens' 3:20:05 marathon was enough to secure the win and her first Ironman title as well as a new course record. The deficit was too big for Gross even with her fastest run split of the day of 3:09:44, she holds off Donavan for second place while Donavan who had the second fastest run split a 3:15:07 took third.
2013 Ironman Brasil Full Results [via Ironman.com]
The registration date for the 2014 running of Ironman Brasil opens on Friday, June 7 at 11 AM (Brazil time) at www.ironmanbrasil.com.br. New sources on location were reporting that Brazil might get another Ironman event in 2015 in Rio de Janeiro while Mar del Plata, Aregentina has submitted a proposal to the WTC to host an event.
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