Brazilian Sweep for Ironman Rio 70.3
By Shawn Skeene, Ironman Media
Colucci returns to IRONMAN racing
Almir Gustavo (BRA) was first out of the water at Recreio dos Bandeirantes. A group of three men clambered their way on the sandy beach exit 20 seconds later that contained Paulo Maciel (BRA) and Luiz Francisco (BRA) and Reinaldo Colucci (BRA).
Colucci would power his way into the lead in the early km’s of the bike with Francisco and Maciel keeping the leader in check 30 to 50 seconds back of the leader. Heading to the dismount line, Colucci clung to a minute and a half lead on Francisco and Maciel with the remainder of the field well off the pace.
It was apparent from the start of the run Colucci was on his game. The 2012 Olympian opened up his lead to well over two minutes on Francisco and Maciel in the opening half of the run and then maintained that gap for much of the final 10 km’s. Colucci would grab the finish line tape in winning time of 3:55:12, while Maciel would edge out Francisco for a second place finish.
Baptista Duarte steals the show in Rio
In the women’s race, Luisa Baptista Duarte (BRA) stole the show with her wire-to-wire win at home. She opened her race leading the women’s field to the shore and into T1. Once on the bike, Baptista Duarte showed the way while the shuffling for positions took place behind her. Coming off the bike, Baptista Duarte had a 2:20 advantage on Ariane Monticeli (BRA) and over three minutes on Luíza Cravo (BRA). That would be as close as the race would be as Baptista Duarte would claim the win by a margin of over four minutes on second place finisher Romina Palacio (BRA).
Top 5 Pro Men
|4||Josino Vinuto, Iuri||BRA||0:24:53||2:14:50||1:16:45||3:59:17|
Top 5 Pro Women
|1||Baptista Durnte, Luísa||BRA||0:27:40||2:31:36||1:27:17||4:29:40|
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