Riveros and Ascenco perfect in Pucon

Barbara Riveros made it a perfect five for five, while Santiago Ascenco ran away from the rest of the men at Ironman 70.3 Pucon.

| January 14, 2019 | NEWS

Santiago Ascenco runs his way to the win at Ironman 70.3 Pucon.

Santiago Ascenco runs his way to the win at Ironman 70.3 Pucon.

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Barbara Riveros is accomplished at all triathlon distances - a regular for years on the ITU circuit and an Olympian, the Chilean star made her full-distance debut with an impressive runner up finish at Ironman Western Australia last December. One place she has never found anything but the top step of the podium at, though, is Ironman 70.3 Pucon, where she is a perfect five for five after her impressive win again in 2019.

Riveros was second out of the water behind countrywoman Macarena Salazar Ezquerra, along with three others including Macarena's sister Catalina, American Alicia Kaye and Ecuador's Elizabeth Bravo.

Once on the bike it became a three-woman show as Kaye powered to the front with Riveros and Macarena Salazar Ezquerra in tow. Riveros would lead the way into T2 a few seconds up on the other two, with the group enjoying a solid lead of almost seven minutes on Bravo. From there on it was game over for the rest of the field as Riveros ripped through the run to win over Kaye by a shade under six minutes, with Salazar Ezquerra hanging tough for third.

Acenco runs to the win

Chile's Felipe Barraza, wearing bib number one, dominated the swim in the men's race, coming out of the water almost a minute ahead of a group of five that included countrymen Martin Ulloa, Flepie Van De Wyngard and Roberto Rivera. In that group, too, were American Andy Potts and Canadian Taylor Reid. Ascenco would trail by another minute.

Once on the bike, though, it didn't take long for Ascenco to charge to the front - by the halfway point of the ride he was in front, with the rest of the lead swim group hanging on. By the end of the bike Van De Wyngard, Ascenco and Potts had broken clear of the rest of the group with Barraza and Reid over a minute behind.

Ascenco would force things early in the run and quickly ran clear of the rest of the field. By 10 km he was over a minute ahead of Potts and would eventually finish over three-minutes up on the former 70.3 world champ. Barraza would hang on for third, over five minutes behind his countryman.

Ironman 70.3 Pucon | Women

January 13, 2019 | Pucon, Chile

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Barbara Riveros

CHL

4:30:07

28:13

2:30:16

1:27:32

2

Alicia Kaye

USA

4:36:02

28:18

2:29:55

1:33:09

3

Macarena Salazar Ezquerra

CHL

4:37:13

28:10

2:30:17

1:34:15

4

Elizabeth Bravo

ECU

4:40:13

28:20

2:36:19

1:30:43

5

Romina Palacio

ARG

4:46:40

29:26

2:37:20

1:34:42

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Ironman 70.3 Pucon | Men

January 13, 2019 | Pucon, Chile

Name

Country

Overall

1.9 km Swim

90 km Bike

21.1 km Run

1

Santiago Ascenco

BRA

3:59:33

27:45

2:09:51

1:17:55

2

Andy Potts

USA

4:02:48

26:43

2:10:44

1:20:58

3

Felipe Barraza

CHL

4:04:47

25:48

2:12:49

1:22:14

4

Felipe Van De Wyngard

CHL

4:04:52

26:40

2:10:23

1:23:17

5

Taylor Reid

CAN

4:07:48

26:44

2:11:49

1:24:59

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