On Sunday May 26, 2013 just over 2000 triathletes from 34 countries took part in the 15th running of Ironman Brazil.
The race consisting of a 3.8km swim, 180km bike, and 42.2km marathon took place in Florianopolis, located in Southern Brazil.
From the very beginning of the race when the athletes started out on the 2-loop course all indications were that it would be a great day for Ironman racing with calm waters and ideal air temperature. At race start the temperature was 17C/63F and expected to level out at around 22C/72F later in the day.
PRO MEN START LIST
ODONNELL, TIMOTHY AMORELLI, IGOR SCHMID, STEFAN DE ELIAS, MARIO ALVES ASCENGO, SANTIAGO VABROUSEK, PETR DARIO VINHAL, THIAGO BECKER, BLAKE VIOLIN, CIRO FRANCISCO DE PAIVA FERREIRA, LUIZ COCHA, LUCAS VALENZA MANOCCHIO, GUILHERME LYATSKIY, ANDREY STURLA, EDUARDO WILLIAMS, KEEGAN CARLETTO, CHRISTIAN MANENTE, FELIPE MUNIZAGA, BENJAMIN RAMIREZ, RICARDO ALMAGRO VALERO, JOSE SILVESTRIN, FRANK RONIAK, MARCIO EDUARDO BEINAT, MAURICIO DEL CORRAL MORALES, VICTOR MORALES, EZEQUIEL DELSAUT, TREVOR
PRO WOMEN START LIST
STEVENS, AMANDA GROSS, SARA DONAVAN, JESSIE WEERD, MIRJAM CHURA, HALEY GOMES MONTICELI DA SILVEIRA, ARIANE BASSO, ANNE BISCAY, HILLARY FELT, SILVIA BORGES DE ANDRADE, MARIANA GORDON, JACQUI PEKERMAN, NINA CANDROVA, JANA LIDIA BORBA, ANA CARVALHO, ALESSANDRA GARCIA, FERNANDA MINTEGUI GONZALEZ, ARRATE BERTUCCI, GISELE GIANINNI, VANESSA
Initially there were no surprises in the swim portion of the race. As expected, age-group athlete Rafael Ribeiro who led all swimmers out of the water in Brazil 2012 was up at the front in the early stages of the swim fighting it out with Tim O’Donnell and a few other male pros.
However as the pro men exited the water for the final time it was Luiz Francisco and Tim O’Donnell leading the way into the swim/bike transition area.
The swim times appeared to be unusually fast, but this course has always been known to be very fast. Not often do you see the three pro men under 50 minutes let alone the first 12 under 50 minutes. The winning times in 2012 were also extremely fast with the winner going in sub-44 minutes for 2.4 miles.
TOP TWELVE MALE PROS IN THE SWIM
FRANCISCO, lUIZ 00:44:19 O'DONNELL, TIMOTHY 00:44:24 AMORELLI, IGOR 00:46:20 COCHA, LUCAS 00:46:25 DARIO VINHAL, THIAGO 00:46:28 LYATSKIY, ANDREY 00:46:32 VALENZA MANOCCHIO, GUILHERME 00:46:34 SILVESTRIN, FRANK 00:48:09 VIOLIN, CIRO 00:48:38 DE ELIAS, MARIO 00:48:45 BECKER, BLAKE 00:48:49 WILLIAMS, KEEGAN 00:48:49 MUNIZAGA, BENJAMIN 00:48:54 STURLA, EDUARDO 00:49:03
Also as expected, pro triathlete Doctor Amanda Stevens was leading much of the swim for the women, but she was caught and passed by Haley Churley who clocked a time of 46:21. Stevens was second in 48:44.
TOP TWELVE FEMALE PROS IN THE SWIM
CHURA, HALEY 00:46:21 STEVENS, AMANDA 00:48:44 BISCAY, HILLARY 00:50:54 WEERD, MIRJAM 00:51:25 GIANINNI, VANESSA 00:51:47 GROSS, SARA 00:52:30 BERTUCCI, GISELE 00:52:39 LIDIA BORBA, ANA 00:53:33 GARCIA, FERNANDA 00:54:33 PEKERMAN, NINA 00:55:28 GORDON, JACQUI 00:56:21 BASSO, ANNE 00:56:23
TOP TEN FEMALE BIKE SPLITS
FELT, SILVIA 4:48:10 DONAVAN, JESSIE 4:50:29 STEVENS, AMANDA 4:51:29 WEERD, MIRJAM 4:56:28 BORGES DE ANDRADE, MARIANA 5:00:17 GROSS, SARA 5:01:27 BASSO, ANNE 5:02:34 BISCAY, HILLARY 5:02:38 CHURA, HALEY 5:05:52 LIDIA BORBA, ANA 5:06:04
TOP TEN MALE BIKE SPLITS
ODONNELL, TIM 4:22:23 SCHMID, STEFAN 4:32:44 AMORELLI, IGOR 4:33:47 ALVES ASCENGO, SANTIAGO 4:35:08 VIOLIN, CIRO 4:37:59 WILLIAMS, KEEGAN 4:38:35 STURLA, EDUARDO 4:38:36 DE ELIAS, MARIO 4:38:41 BECKER, BLAKE 4:38:50 VABROUSEK, PETR 4:40:42
Out on the bike course it was Amanda Stevens and Timothy O’donnell building up sizable leads by the 80k mark. Stevens was up 4:30 on Chura and and O’Donnell was 7:00 ahead of the first chase pack that included Amorelli, Cocha, and Francisco.
From there on it was Timothy O’donnell dominating the race as he just kept pulling away from the field.
There was no matching his 4:22:23 bike split and 2:50:18 marathon on this day and Timothy O’donnell is the 2013 Ironman brazil champion.
TOP TEN PRO MEN
ODONNELL, TIMOTHY 08:01:32 AMORELLI, IGOR 08:19:40 SCHMID, STEFAN 08:25:02 DE ELIAS, MARIO 08:31:59 ALVES ASCENGO, SANTIAGO 08:32:20 VABROUSEK, PETR 08:32:22 DARIO VINHAL, THIAGO 08:37:54 BECKER, BLAKE 08:38:47 VIOLIN, CIRO 08:41:34 FERREIRA, LUIZ 08:45:59
It was a different story for the pro women. It looked for a while like Amanda Stevens would also have a dominating performance, but that was not the case as it developed into a very close race.
Amanda Stevens took the victory, but appeared to have struggled in the run but managed to fight off a surging Sara Gross from Canada who posted the fastest pro female marathon of the day with her 3:09:44 clocking.
TOP EIGHT PRO WOMEN
STEVENS, AMANDA 09:05:53 GROSS, SARA 09:08:38 DONAVAN, JESSIE 09:10:29 WEERD, MIRJAM 09:21:04 CHURA, HALEY 09:24:43 DA SILVEIRA, ARIANE 09:26:47 BASSO, ANNE 09:27:07 BISCAY, HILLARY 09:29:35