Ironman Brazil Results 2011

IRONMAN BRAZIL RESULTS 2011

With perfect weather conditions the 11th annual Ironman Brazil results 2011 were much as expected.

There were some very fast times in the swim.

This was not unexpected as the beautiful swim venue in the Ironman Brazil race features a protected swim course that pretty much eliminates any sort of serious chop.

Also, a field of 1800 starters with a small group of 35 pros probably helps as well.

Ironman Canada for instance will most likely have 3000 starters for 2011 plus more pros up at the front and this can result in a lot more time-wasting maneuvering.

Ironman Brazil results 2011

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It should be noted that the over-all winner of the swim was the men’s 30-34 age grouper RAFAEL GONALVES.

The first female age-grouper to reach shore was LUCIANA XAVIER THEMOTHEO CUNHA She is 37-years old and swam a 52:50.

TOP TEN MEN IN THE SWIM

RAFAEL RIBEIRO GONZALVES.............................43:28
LUIZ FRANCISCO DE PAIVAFERREIRA......................43:34
RAFAEL BRANDAO DE O SOUSA............................46:24
FILIPE PONS..........................................48:58
ANTONIO MANSSUR FILHO................................49:21
LUCIE ZELENKOVA......................................49:23
THIAGO MENUCI........................................49:23
LUCAS COCHA..........................................49:24
EDUARDO STURLA.......................................49:28
HUGO THEODORO VACONCELOS.............................49:33

The mens bike leaders were much as would be expected early in the race with LUIZ FRANCISCO DE PAIVA FEREIRA leading the way.

CHRIS MCDONALD and bike course record-holder EDUARDO STURLA not far off the pace and sure to be closing before too long into the race.

By the 40km mark LUIZ FRANCISCO still held the lead followed by a group of riders led by STURLA who were 4 minutes back.

When the men reached the 110km mark the bike was beginning to unfold as one would expect.

EDUARDO STURLA was the new leader with OSCAR GALINDEZ and GUILHERME VALENZA MANOCCHIO right with him. At this point CHRIS MACDONALD was still over 3 minutes behind the leaders.

It’s unfortunate, but Sara Gross from Canada pulled herself from the race part way through the bike course.

It’s not at all unexpected that STRULA takes the lead on the bike at 140km and begins to pull away.

He is the first one to the bike/run transition and onto the run course with a 5 minute lead over Manocchio and a 10 minute lead over Chris McDonald.

Now it just seems to be a matter of who has what it takes to catch Strula in the marathon and whether or not he can keep up a strong enough pace and last to the finish.

The one thing that Sturla has going against him is his size. It appears to be one of the reasons he is such a strong biker, but it has always been my experience as a marathoner that big men can wear down over time much faster than someone who is lighter.

This is especially true on hot days, but the cooler temperatures should work in Sturla’s favor and my guess is he will prevail and hang on despite giving up much of his big lead.

Guilherme Valenza Manocchio appeared to have the best chance of catching Sturla as he was just 5:21 behind at the 8km mark. Chris McDonald was still 10 minutes behind at this point. However that was just about how far behind they were at the bike/run transition.

It’s starting now at 12km as I suspected. Manocchio is just over 3 minutes behind and is wearing away at the lead as McDonald slips 12 minutes behind. It’s shaping up to be a two man race to the finish.

At 26km mark in the run the lead for Sturla is down to 93 seconds over Manocchio. Ezequiel Morales is making his way quickly through the field but has stalled at 5 minutes behind the leader.

Things really started getting exciting at the 37km mark as the Sturla lead shrunk to 27 seconds and then a few km’s later Sturla stretched it out to over a minute again and hangs on to win his fourth Ironman Brazil.

Guilherme Valenza Manocchio from Brazil hangs on for second and Ezequiel Morales finishes third.

Chris McDonald had a strong race but was unable to close on the leaders in the last half of the marathon and finished in fifth place in the pro men category.

It looked for a time like Sturla would be caught, but being the veteran that he is, he kept something in reserve for the last 2km and as a result wins first place in the Ironman Brazil results 2011.

IRONMAN BRAZIL RESULTS 2011 (PRO MEN)

1 Eduardo Sturla...............................8:15:03
2 Guilherme Valenza Manocchio..................8:17:20
3 Ezequiel Morales.............................8:21:40
4 Santiago Alves Ascenço.......................8:26:16
5 Chris McDonald...............................8:26:24

For the women LUCIE ZELENKOVA took the early lead and was closely pursued by HILLARY BISCAY and CLAUDIA TOLLENDAL who was just 40 seconds behind.

At 40km an age-grouper named CLAUDIA TOLLENDAL along with LUCIE ZELENKOVA were at the front for the women followed by AMY MARSH and HILLARY BISCAY who were 4 minutes behind.

At the 70km mark in the bike it was a bit surprising that age-grouper CLAUDIA TOLLENDAL was still in the lead. She was holding a 4 minute lead over LUCIE ZELENKOVA and AMY MARSH.

However the real race was yet to really begin and things can change in a hurry in the Ironman. Regardless Claudia is having a spectacular race and may be a pro in the making.

As the women head out onto the run course Amy Marsh is leading and is followed by Hillary Biscay. As expected age-grouper Claudia Tollendal gave up the lead she had on the bike and is falling well off the pace set by the pro women.

At 22 km’s into the women’s race Amy Marsh is stretching out her lead and could be a runaway winner once the Ironman Brazil Results 2011 are in.

At the 33km mark in the run Amy Marsh is still maintaining a 6:16 lead over Lucie Zelenkova who has a 5 minute lead over third place Ariane Gomes Monticeli Da Silv.

Amy is the winner of the pro women division of Ironman Brazil 2011. What a great race she had.

IRONMAN BRAZIL RESULTS 2011 (PRO WOMEN)

1 Amy Marsh.....................................9:09:39
2 Lucie Zelenkova...............................9:16:14
3 Ariane Gomes Monticeli da Silveira............9:19:15
4 Hillary Biscay................................9:35:05
5 Fernanda Keller...............................9:49:54

Congratulations to all those who were part of the Ironman Brazil results 2011.

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