Timothy O’Donnell and Pamela Oliveira win Ironman 70.3 Peru

Timothy O'Donnell wins Ironman 70.3 Peru (Picture: Instagram IM Peru)

Timothy O’Donnell and Pamela Oliveira have won Ironman 70.3 Peru. American O’Donnell did so with a minimal lead, while Brazilian Oliveira had a much larger margin.

Oliveira grabbed an immediate lead during the swim, coming out of the water 31 seconds ahead of her first pursuers. On the bike, she only saw her lead widen, growing to nearly six minutes over Colombian Diana Castillo and Argentine Romina Biagioli. Behind them, the wait for the next ladies was much longer: almost fifteen minutes for the first to came into T2.

During the run, the battle for the medals was decided rather quickly: Oliveira’s victory was obviously no longer in danger and she claimed it in a time of 4:15:35. Biagioli was second at 8:47 minutes behind and Castillo third at 10:01 minutes behind.

For the men’s race, a leading group of five formed during the swim, including eventual winner Timothy O’Donnell. On the bike, only two men remained from that leading group and they would also stay together for ninety kilometers: O’Donnell and the also American Dylan Gillespie. Brazilian Igor Amorelli came in third T2 and was then 2:20 minutes behind.

During the run, O’Donnell immediately took the lead and his lead only increased from then on. At least on Gillespie, because Amorelli, on the other hand, was quickly closing in and overtook Gillespie halfway through. Still, it was O’Donnell who had enough margin to secure his victory in a final time of 3:46:11. Amorelli followed in second at 1:08 minute behind and Gillespie was third at 3:39 minute behind.