• Eduardo Martín Sturla - Florianópolis 2011 - 4X IRONMAN CHAMPION
  • Eduardo Martín Sturla - Florianópolis 2011 - 4X IRONMAN CHAMPION
  • Eduardo Martín Sturla - Florianópolis 2011 - 4X IRONMAN CHAMPION
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Sturla makes history in Brazil!

Monday, 06 de June de 2011

Eduardo Sturla 4to Ironman Florianopolis 2011

Eduardo Sturla put on a clinic of patience and mind games during today's race in Florianopolis. The Argentinian was where he wanted to be early in the race, as he exited the water within a minute of his rivals, Argentina’s Ezequiel Morales and Oscar Galindez, as well as Brazil’s Santiago Ascenço and Australia’s Chris McDonald.

Brazil’s Luiz Francisco de Paiva Ferreira led the men’s professional race out of the water and held onto the lead until 90k. Ferreira, in the first Ironman of his career, was just pleased to be receiving the attention one gets from leading your country's Ironman for over three hours, and Sturla was more than happy to let the youngster have his day in the sun.

Eduardo Sturla 4to Ironman Florianopolis 2011

After the first 90k loop was complete, Sturla made his move and systematically moved to the lead at a pace that either no one would match. While McDonald, Galindez, Morales and Ascenco were sorting out their places in the field, another young Brazilian was forging his way towards the front. Guilherme Manocchio, in only his second Ironman, worked his way to second and trailed Sturla by 6:00 heading into the T2.

It was apparent from the start of the run that the 28-year-old Manocchio was game to challenge his elder. Manocchio went on a very slow mission that saw him methodically worked at eliminating his 5:21 deficit he had on Sturla at the start of the run, while McDonald, Galindez, Morales and Ascenco where well over 10:00 in arrears of the leader.

Eduardo Sturla 4to Ironman Florianopolis 2011

Manocchio was steadily pulling Sturla within striking position as the kilometers ticked off. At 37k’s Manocchio appeared to be ready to challenge for the lead when the pair crossed paths and where Manocchio had pulled within 0:20 of Sturla. As they met, a confident Sturla, slapping his chest, peered over at Manocchio and proclaimed to his junior counterpart, “this race is mine.”

Sturla put in a hard push at this point and Manocchio, could not find a response in his legs for the cagey veteran’s surge, or to Sturla’s verbal proclamation. For Sturla, as he bravely predicted, the race was his. He crossed the line in 8:15:03 to win his fourth Ironman Brazil title.

Manocchio gamely hung on, finishing in 8:17:20 and was greeted as a national hero for being the first Brazilian here in Florianopolis to cross the finish line.

Top 5 Pro Men

1. Eduardo Sturla - 8:15:03
2. Guilherme Valenza Manocchio - 8:17:20
3. Ezequiel Morales - 8:21:40
4. Santiago Alves Ascenço - 8:26:16
5. Chris McDonald - 8:26:24

* article from Shawn Skene

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