Brazilian athletes Diogo Malagon and Sabrina Koester Gobbo won the Xterra Brazil Championship crowns last Saturday (9 May) in Ilhabela, near São Paulo.
The course combined a 1.5km swim with unique mid-race pier jump, a grueling and muddy 24km mountain bike course and 8km trail run.
In the men’s race, Malagon came out of the water about 40secs behind swim leaders Rodrigo Altafini and Alexandre Manzan, then turned it on during the bike to post the fastest split of the day in 1:31:42.
His winning time of 2:33:33 was more than 1min ahead of Frederico Zacharias, and Altafini was able to hold off a hard charging Manzan, who had the fastest run split of the day, to finish in third.
In the women’s race Gobbo, who has been racing Xterra in Brazil since it all started more than 10 years ago, posted the fastest swim and bike times and had the second-best run split (by two seconds) to take the tape in convincing fashion with a winning time of 3:14:11, more than 15mins ahead of Laura Mira Dias. Isabella Ribeiro was third.
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