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A Record-Breaking Day in Florianopolis

Great Britain's Tim Don posted the fastest finishing time in the history of Ironman racing at 7:40:23.

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The Ironman South American Championship in Florianopolis, Brazil has become known for its fast times, and Sunday didn’t disappoint with Great Britain’s Tim Don posting the fastest finishing time in the history of Ironman racing at 7:40:23. Fellow British athlete Susie Cheetham was impressive in the women’s race, earning the victory in a course-record time of 8:52:00. In addition to the bragging rights that come with those impressive finishing times, both Don and Chetham have guaranteed spots at the Ironman World Championship in October.

Don’s record-breaking 7:40:23 was made up of a 44:16 swim, a 4:09:43 bike and a 2:44:46 marathon. The incredible effort put Don at the finish line 25 minutes ahead of second-place finisher Kyle Buckingham (RSA). Brazil’s own Igor Amorelli rounded out the podium.

Cheetham’s course record 8:52:00 was consisted of a 50:42 swim, a 4:56:24 bike and a 3:02:41 marathon. Germany’s Sonja Tajsich was second just over five minutes later, with American Haley Chura claiming third about a minute after that.

2017 Ironman South American Championship Brazil
Florianopolis, Brazil – May 28, 2017
2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run

Men
1. Tim Don (GBR) 7:40:23
2. Kyle Buckingham (RSA) 8:05:43
3. Igor Amorelli (BRA) 8:06:58
4. Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) 8:10:04
5. Thiago Vinhal (BRA)) 8:11:46

Women
1. Susie Cheetham (GBR) 8:52:00
2. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 8:57:36
3. Haley Chura (USA) 8:58:45
4. Gurutze Frades (ESP) 9:01:00
5. Linsey Corbin (USA) 9:01:13