Crowley and Weiss awesome in Argentina

Sarah Crowley blasted to the front early on in the bike and never looked back, as did Michael Weiss. The pair won the Ironman South American Championship in Mar Del Plata in impressive style.

| December 3, 2018 | NEWS

Sarah Crowley on the run at the Ironman World Championship in October, 2018.

Sarah Crowley on the run at the Ironman World Championship in October, 2018.

Photo >Kevin Mackinnon

It wasn't quite a wire-to-wire win for Australian Sarah Crowley (she trailed American Dede Griesbauer out of the shortened swim - officials changed the swim course to just 1.9 km due to cold weather in the morning - by 15 seconds), but it was pretty close. The Aussie, who was coming off a sixth-place finish in Kona last month, had a lead of over a minute by the 25 km point of the bike and held on for a big win over a stacked field at the Ironman South American Championship in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

Crowley led Great Britain's Kimberly Morrison by just over four minutes into T2, but was over nine-minutes on the woman who finished one spot ahead of her in Kona, three-time Ironman World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, starting the run. In the end Carfrae would fade during the marathon and would finish sixth, but that didn't mean Crowley got to relax to the finish line. Great Britain's Susie Cheetham kept the Australian honest to the line and would take a couple of minutes back during the marathon to finish 3:23 down in second. Third went to Finland's Minna Koistinen.

Weiss wins again

After taking Ironman Cozumel two weeks ago, Austria's Michael Weiss took full advantage of the shortened swim to quickly move to the front on the bike, hammering to a huge lead of almost nine minutes off the bike that was more than enough to net a second title in a few weeks. American Matt Hanson ripped through a 2:45 marathon to take second, while home-country hero Mario De Elias thrilled the crowd to take third. The man many expected to be in the mix for the title, Tim O'Donnell, was forced out of the race due to sickness.

As a regional championship, the race featured extra qualifying slots for the Ironman World Championship - there were four men's spots and two women's spots up for grabs. Weiss already had his Kona slot after the win in Mexico, which meant that Jesper Svensson and Lukas Kramer should also have qualified for Kona next year. For the women, Carfrae has a spot thanks to a Kona win within the last five years, so her finish was enough to nail her starting spot next year. The two spots will go to Crowley and Cheetham.

 

Ironman South American Championship | Women

December 2, 2018 | Mar del Plata, Argentina

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Sarah Crowley

AUS

8:20:17

0:22:23

4:51:11

3:01:54

2

Susie Cheetham

GBR

8:23:40

0:23:18

4:56:01

3:00:03

3

Minna Koistinen

FIN

8:28:57

0:25:06

4:53:25

3:06:05

4

Sarah Piampiano

USA

8:32:18

0:25:29

5:00:53

3:00:49

5

Asa Lundstrom

SWE

8:32:59

0:59:00

4:56:44

3:07:07

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Ironman South American Championship | Men

December 2, 2018 | Mar del Plata, Argentina

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

180 km Bike

42.2 km Run

1

Michael Weiss

AUS

7:30:23

0:22:24

4:14:20

2:49:11

2

Matt Hanson

USA

7:39:47

0:22:18

4:28:46

2:45:07

3

Mario De Elias

ARG

7:42:22

0:22:15

4:28:45

2:47:25

4

Jesper Svensson

SWE

7:46:39

0:19:09

4:32:05

2:51:49

5

Lukas Kramer

GER

7:48:09

0:22:02

4:30:20

2:51:43

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