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Sturla and Marsh win Ironman Brazil

Fourth career wins for both.

Eduardo Sturla and Amy Marsh both rode to the race lead during the bike and stayed away from their chasers during the run to claim Ironman Brazil titles today in Florian├│polis.

Sturla, from Argentina, started building his lead at the 140 km mark of the bike, and took a 5:21 lead onto the run. Only Brazil’s Guilherme Valenza Manocchio was able to make a dent in that lead and got to within 27 seconds with 5 km to go. However, Sturla upped the pace with a little over 3 km to go and broke away from Manocchio to cross the line in 8:15:03, just a few minutes ahead of Manocchio (8:17:20). The win gave Sturla his fourth Ironman Brazil title, along with his fourth career Ironman win.

American Amy Marsh, took the race lead at 130 km of the bike, and just got stronger as the race went on. South Africa’s Lucie Zelenkova got to within 2:49 of Marsh during the marathon (8 km mark) but Marsh gradually added to that lead to win in 9:09:39. Zelenkova followed in 9:16:14. Marsh’s win also gave her a fourth career title (Wisconsin – 2009, Lake Placid – 2010, and China – 2010).

Men
1 Eduardo Sturla 8:15:03

2 Guilherme Valenza Manocchio 8:17:20

3 Ezequiel Morales 8:21:40

4 Santiago Alves Ascen├žo8:26:16

5 Chris McDonald 8:26:24

Women

1 Amy Marsh 9:09:39

2 Lucie Zelenkova 9:16:14

3 Ariane Gomes Monticeli da Silveira 9:19:15

4 Hillary Biscay 9:35:05

5 Fernanda Keller 9:49:54