Tim O’Donnell and Amanda Stevens claim a pair of maiden Ironman victories at Ironman Brazil in Florianópolis.

Ironman BrazilIn the men’s race at Ironman Brazil, the USA’s Tim O’Donnell was second out of the water just behind local athlete Luiz Francisco who posted an amazing 44:19 swim.

The American then went on to secure a huge lead on the bike, building a 14-minute buffer by T2 thanks to the day’s fastest bike split of 4:22:23.

Brazil’s Igor Amorelli, two minutes behind O’Donnell in the swim, was in second place on the course while Germany’s Stefan Schmid was on his way through the field with an impressive 4:32:44 split.

O’Donnell was well away on the run though, recording a 2:50:44 marathon to claim his first Ironman victory in 8:01:31 – a new course record.

Amorelli was second in 8:19:39 while Schmid put in a solid run to secure third in 8:25:01.

In the women’s race, the USA’s Amanda Stevens was uncharacteristically bested in the swim by fellow American Haley Chura, who exited the water 2mins 23secs ahead in 46:21. The USA’s Hilary Biscay was third into T1 another two-minutes back in 50:54 with the rest of the field filtering into transition behind.

Stevens led strongly on the bike with a 4:51:29 split to reach T2 with a healthy lead of over five minutes. Germany’s Silva Felt was next to rack her machine after the day’s fastest bike split of 4:48:10, ahead of the Netherlands’ Mirjam Weerd, who had 10 minutes on the USA’s Jessie Donavan.

Stevens maintained her consistency to run a 3:25:39 that propelled her to her maiden M-dot victory in 9:05:52, a new course record. The victor’s lead was eaten into by fast-running Canadian Sara Gross, who posted the fastest marathon of the day in 3:09:49 to cross the line in 9:08:38. Donavan also managed to move up, claiming the final podium spot in 9:10:29.

Top 3 Men
1. Timothy O’Donnell (USA) 8:01:31
2. Igor Amorelli (BRA) 8:19:39
3. Stefan Schmid (GER) 8:25:01

Top 3 Women
1. Amanda Stevens (USA) 9:05:52
2. Sara Gross (CAN) 9:08:37
3. Jessie Donavan (USA) 9:10:28