Ariane Monticeli finishes sixth at Ironman Brazil
The Brazilian athlete moves up to secure a great sixth place at one of the world’s major Ironman events.
Ariane Monticeli came in sixth at the Ironman triathlon held in Florianopolis, Brazil. The 13th edition of this famed event – 3.8km swim, 180km bike and 42km run – gathered over two thousand athletes from 39 countries.
The winner was Amanda Stevens (US), scoring a time of 9:05:52. She beat Sara Gross (Canada), who crossed the finish line 3 minutes behind, and Jessie Donavan (US), who finished 5 minutes later.
Stevens was the clear leader until Gross approached her with 10km remaining to be 4 minutes back; with 4km to go, she reduced the gap to 3 minutes, an advantage that was not enough to come in first. So it was Stevens who lifted the title. As to ArianeMonticeli, she put on a great show, moving up to come within the top 10 after an intense bike section. In the tough final footrace, the Brazilian managed to leap onto sixth place in a time of 09:26:46.
On the men’s side, Timothy O’Donnell (US) dominated the race to take victory in a record time of 8:01:34. Igor Amorelli (Brazil) came in second almost 20 minutes behind O’Donnell, while Stefan Schmid (Germany) was third.