Sweden’s Jesper Svensson and Canada's Kirsty Jahn earned breakthrough wins at Sunday's Ironman South American Championship.
Sweden’s Jesper Svensson and Canada’s Kirsty Jahn earned breakthrough wins at Sunday’s Ironman Brazil race in Florianopolis, Brazil. Read the recap from Ironman below:
Jesper Svensson (SUI) was untouchable in Florianopolis on Sunday. The lanky Swede lead the field out of the water and proceeded to pad his advantage throughout the bike carrying a five-and-a-half minute advantage on Igor Amorelli (BRA) and close to a 10-minute gap to third as the bike portion of the race concluded.
Once the race hit the run, Amorelli narrowed his deficit to the leader by a minute in the opening kms, but was never successful in getting any closer than 4:30 to Svensson. By the end of the run, Svensson claimed the win in South America by a 6:23-minute winning margin.
In the women’s race, Haley Chura (USA) put her stamp on the race in the swim hitting the beach a full five minutes earlier than her closest rival. Kirsty Jahn (CAN) out-biked Chura throughout the 180 kms and dismounted her bike enjoying a seven-minute lead on the American. Jahn would lay down a solid run to claim the win in 8:54:58 over Piampiano whose race-best run rocketed her into second in the second half of the run.
2018 Ironman South American Championship
Florianopolis, Brazil – May 27, 2018
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile marathon
1. Jesper Svensson (SWE) 8:08:07
2. Igor Amorelli (BRA) 8:14:29
3. Thiago Vinhal (BRA) 8:19:12
4. Frank Silvestrin (BRA) 8:21:04
5. Guilherme Manocchio (BRA) 8:22:17
1. Kirsty Jahn (CAN) 8:54:48
2. Sarah Piampiano (USA) 9:03:34
3. Bruna Mahan (BRA) 9:10:38
4. Haley Chura (USA) 9:25:08
5. Pamela Tastets (CHI) 9:41:14