For over 15 years Ironman Brazil has been a favorite among WTC events and the race on Sunday May 25, 2014 in Florianapolis, Brazil was no exception.
A sold-out field began their Ironman journey when the gun sounded to begin the 2.4-mile swim at El Divino Beach.
It was a solid field of pros and there were many excellent Brazilian triathletes for fans to cheer for.
Three pro men broke away from the pack and had a head start as they began the 112 mile bike. Luiz Francisco Paiva Ferreira, Igor Amorelli and Harry Wiltshire were the only three to complete the swim in under 48 minutes.
That put the fourth place swimmer three minutes behind the leader.
Amorelli was strongest on the bike and had the edge as he began the 26.2 mile run course. He was caught by Santiago Alves Ascenco and the two Brazilians raced side by side until Amorelli began to break away with about six miles left to run.
He extended his lead all the way to the finish and won handily in a time of 8:07:54. Alves Ascenco hung on for second but was four minutes back of the winner. Marcel Zamora took the third spot on the podium.
For the pro women it was Lucie Zelenkova of Romania who shot into the lead in the swim and when she began the run she had a four minute cushion.
That lead was short-live however as Sophi Goos and Sara Gross who moved into the lead after strong bike legs and they ran one-two for much of the marathon with Sara Gross running in the lead spot.
It was a manificent effort by Sara Gross of Canada as she won the race by several minutes. It was especially amazing because just seven days prior she had completed Ironman Texas in the Woodlands.
This was the first time in the history of Ironman Brazil that a Brazilian actually won the race so it was very exciting for the hometown fans when Amorelli crossed the finish line first.
Be sure to visit IronStruck.com and have a look at how the race unfolded and the finish times for the top pro athletes.