Moreno, Miyasiro Dominate Ironman 70.3 Brazil
Betsy Redfern reports on how two Brazilian ITU athletes prove their mettle at Ironman 70.3 Brazil
Published Thursday, September 20, 2007
In what would prove to be two dominating performances, two Brazilian athletes, Carla Moreno and Paulo Miyasiro, proved the worth of having a background in the faster, short-course ITU world. Both athletes know how to turn their racing up a notch, but with both handily taking the women's and men's titles and leading right from the start, it seems both decided to hit the water and never look back.
In the women's event, Moreno led her nearest competitor out of the water by over two minutes, and similar to the ITU theory that whoever leads out of the water has the most likely change to be a contender in a sprint to the finish, she continued to grow her lead so much that a final kick wasn't necessary. Moreno finished first with a four-minute cushion in 4:38:13.
The men’s race developed in similar fashion to the women’s: Paulo Miyasiro built a comfortable gap out of the water, and enjoyed the benefits of being a strong swimmer (Miyasiro split the 1.2-mile swim in 21:10). Miyasiro finished first in 4:06:34, solidifying his win on the swim. Santiago Alves Ascenco was Miyasiro’s closest chaser, but Ascenco’s best efforts on the bike weren’t enough to take the lead. He finished second in 4:09:07. Henrique Siqueira de Oliveira finished just behind Ascenco in 4:09:53. Alexandre Manzan and Ivan Albano, two athletes mentioned in our pre-race report and the second and third-place finishers here last year, finished sixth and seventh in this year’s race.
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