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Tim Don wins 70.3 South American Champs
Posted by: John Levison
Posted on: Monday 11th April 2016


Tags  Cody Beals  |  Leon Griffen  |  Magali Tisseyre  |  Palmas  |  Tim Don


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The Don, on song, in Brazil

While Susie Cheetham and Lucy Gossage were earning Silver and Bronze respectively at the Ironman African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth, another British athlete took Gold in Brazil to complete a full set of medals across the two Ironman Championship events of the weekend.

The Ironman 70.3 South American Championship took place in Palmas, and the increasingly impressive veteran, Tim Don, added another class performance over the 70.3 distance to his CV to take the win and the $14,000 first prize purse. A winner already this year with a third consecutive title at Ironman 70.3 Monterrey, Tim was part of a trio including Nils Frommhold (GER) and Leon Griffen (AUS) who would break clear on the bike and reach T2 with a three minute lead over Cody Beals (CAN), Santiago Acsenco (BRA), Ivan Rana (ESP), and Davis Breuer (GER).

Always a classy runner, Don added the fastest half marathon of the day to the same in the swim for a hugely impressive and complete performance. Already an Ironman 70.3 World Championship podium finisher two years ago, he appears to be getting even more comfortable with the distance every time he races, and is driven by becoming a World Champion once again.

Like Don, eventual winner Magali Tisseyre (CAN) headed the women’s field out of the water, before adding to that the fastest bike split too. Only Germany’s Anja Beranak was able to keep the gap relatively close, with Tisseyre having a two minute advantage at T2. She held strong on the run too, coming home with a victory margin of almost four minutes at the finish.

Ironman 70.3 South American Championship Palmas - Sunday 10th April 2016
1.9km / 90km / 21.1km

Pos Men Women
1st Tim Don (GBR) 3:53:10 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:21:17
2nd Leon Griffen (AUS) 3:56:49 Anja Beranek (GER) 4:25:04
3rd Cody Beals (CAN) 3:59:12 Linsey Corbin (USA) 4:28:02
4th Christian Horper (GER) 4:02:21 Lisa J Roberts (USA) 4:31:13
5th Ivan Rana (ESP) 4:03:13 Kirsty Jahn (CAN) 4:34:56

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