With the participation of 1,850 triathletes from 20 countries, this Sunday (11) from 6 am Ironman 70.3 São Paulo takes place at the Cidade Universitária de São Paulo USP. They will have a 1.9km swim, a 90km bike ride and a 21.2km run to earn one of the 30 spots in the August 2023 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Lahti, Finland.
The São Paulo capital will host the competition for the second time, following its debut in 2019. Back then, there were 1,600 competitors from 14 countries, and this year’s increase in numbers shows that the city has entered the list of events. athletes from all over the world. Therefore, the expectation is once again very positive, with a big fight for the World Cup places. Among the fixed points is the current champion Jose Belarmino, who will defend his title.
Apart from the fight for the first places, the stage is full of attractions. A special tribute will be paid to businessman and triathlete Joao Paulo Diniz, who recently passed away, by creating a trophy that will bear his name and be given to Brazilians whose work demonstrates the importance of sport as a tool for social development. well-being and quality of life.
Sponsorship of teams with professional and amateur triathletes, and more recently, major categories, event support and participation in endurance events, including two Ironman editions in the country in the 1990s, are part of the many achievements of Joao Paulo Dinis.
“It couldn’t be otherwise. Everything that Joao Paulo Diniz has done for the sport, especially triathlon, has contributed a lot so that we can reach the level we have today with quality athletes and great events. it’s an honor to be able to. to present this trophy to his family. From this stage, the Joao Paulo Diniz title will be given to other people who have an important role in sports and social development, a legacy that Joao has left us”, emphasizes Carlos Galvao, CEO of Unlimited Sports. the company that organizes the Ironman circuit in Brazil.
Apart from Brazil, which has the majority of registrants with 1,771 triathletes, Peru also has the second largest delegation with 24 competitors, followed by Uruguay with nine and Argentina with six. These complement the relationships between Germany, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, the United States, Switzerland, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, Mexico, Portugal, Paraguay and Venezuela.
This year promises to be another very fast race thanks to the practical flat course, which allows for a stronger pace for the competitors. Starting with a swim in Olympic Raya, which is considered quite peaceful. Another attraction will be the bicycle race, which will be held on the circuit created in the Marginal Pinheiros, and then the entire race will be completed inside the USP. The arena will be set up inside CEPEUSP with several attractions for the public.
And to take on these challenges are none other than some of the top names in national amateur triathlon and a few highlights from overseas. Champion at the first stage of this year’s Ironman 70.3 Florianópolis, José Belarmino confirmed his presence to defend his title before taking part in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Utah (USA) and the World Tour Finals in Kona. , in Hawaii (USA), both in October.
Another highlight will be the launch of Unwavering, the biography of Fernanda Keller, five-time Ironman Brazil champion, world record holder for World Cup podiums in Hawaii, six top-three finishes, among countless other titles. (Yuri Totti)