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McMahon and Thibodeau racing Ironman Latin American Championship Brazil

Brent McMahon is going into this Sunday’s Ironman Brazil as a favourite who could be crowned the Latin American Champ. With a record-breaking Ironman debut of 7:55:48 at Ironman Arizona last year, and fresh from a second-place finish at the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships in St. George, McMahon is in top form with his sights set on Kona. He also recently announced his inclusion on Bahrain Endurance 13 Team. Last year’s winner Igor Morelli will definitely have his work cut out to defend that title with McMahon in the race.

Last year Canada’s Sara Gross took the win in a time of 8:56:41, four minutes ahead of second place Sophie Goos. Remarkably, Gross’s win came only one week after a disappointing race at Ironman Texas. Karen Thibodeau is the only Canadian lining up on the women’s side and will certainly challenge at the front.

Taking place in Florianopolis, the race starts at El Divino Beach. The mostly flat bike course features four big climbs and the flat, fast run only has one significant hill. There 75 Kona qualifying spots on the line.