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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