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Åsa Lundström, within the top ten and best bike split at Ironman Brazil Florianópolis
The Swedish triathlete of Orbea-Orca Triathlon Team made her way into the top ten after leading the ride.
Åsa Lundström is moving ahead along the season with eyes set on her big goal this year: shining at Ironman Hawaii in Kona. After clocking her best racing time (9:02:49) at Ironman Melbourne a few weeks ago, she went back to competition in Ironman Brazil Florianópolis last weekend, being among the top ten finishers.
Åsa owed her ninth place to the fantastic job she did on her Ordu, clocking the best bike split of the day: 4:48:35 – almost 2 minutes faster than the second best rider, Belgium’s Tine Deckers.
In the footrace, however...:"My stomach collapsed. I couldn't keep any energy down, it bounced back both ways, I was dizzy, had tunnelvision and everything was blurry the last 20 km of the run. I went from 1st to a disappointing 9th place, but I finished", said the Orbea-sponsored triathlete:"Someone said: 'You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have'.For me, quitting is never an option, so I had to be strong to finish", Åsa declared.
Victory went to local athlete Ariane Monticeli, who was very familiar with the course and thus managed to adapt better than her rivals.
For her upcoming challenge, Åsa is setting Ironman aside for a while to participate in the ITU Long Distance Triathlon World Championships on 27 June. And she will play local this time, for the event is taking place in Motala, Sweden.
Ironman Brazil Results:
1. Ariane Monticeli (BRA) 8:59:08
2. Elizabeth Lyles (USA) 9:00:31
3. Amanda Stevens (USA) 9:01:27
4. Tine Deckers (BEL) 9:08:29
5. Laurel Wassner (USA) 9:09:47
6. Haley Chura (USA) 9:14:03
7. Mareen Hufe (GER) 9:14:50
8. Karen Thibodeau (CAN) 9:15:08
9. Asa Lundstrom (SWE) 9:23:35
10. Ana Boba (Brazil) 9:42:27