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Australia’s Richie Cunningham and Chile’s Barbara Riveros Diaz claimed the victories at the first 70.3 on the 2015 calendar.
Cunningham put together a 23:32 swim, a 2:12:28 bike and a stellar 1:18:55 half-marathon to grab the victory in 3:59:33. Chile’s Felipe Barraza earned the silver spot in his home country, while Argentina’s Mario de Elias claimed third.
Riveros held off a challenge from her fellow countrywoman Valentina Carvallo, thanks to a 25:53 swim, a 2:30:09 bike and a 1:29:35 half marathon. Riveros crossed the finish line at 4:30:12, with Carvallo following in second at 4:31:45. American Heather Jackson rounded out the top three with a 4:34:11 finish.
Ironman 70.3 Pucón
Pucón, Chile – Jan. 11, 2014
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:59:33
2. Felipe Barraza (CHI) 4:00:53
3. Mario de Elias (ARG) 4:04:27
4. Luke McKenzie (AUS) 4:05:15
1. Barbara Riveros (CHI) 4:30:12
2. Valentina Carvallo (CHI) 4:31:45
3. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:34:11
4. Romina Palacio Balena (ARG) 4:42:50
5. Beth Gerdes (USA) 4:44:39