British double for Don and Cheetham at IRONMAN Brasil

Incredible performances from Tim Don and Susie Cheetham to take the honours (and $30,000), at the IRONMAN South American Championships

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Dirtyfast Don sets fastest M-Dot time, Cheetham joins the Sub-9 Club in first IRONMAN victory

The IRONMAN South American Championship, Brasil provided a fine ending on Sunday to what had been an incredible weekend of success – yet again – for British athletes around the globe.

One man who left it all out on the course was Tim Don. Right at the head of affairs with a 44:16 swim, Don immediately went to to the front on the bike – and just went further and further and further away from a deep, championship quality field. A 4:06:56 bike split provided a massive lead of well over 20 minutes by T2… which he extended further with a 2:44:46 marathon. That stopped the clock at an incredible 7:40:23, second in iron-distance terms to the 7:35:39 of Jan Frodeno at Challenge Roth last year. A complete domination with second placed Kyle Buckingham (RSA) arriving over 25 minutes later.



It was also a great day for Susie Cheetham. While she had four previous IRONMAN podiums, she hadn’t yet crossed the line for the top spot on the podium. Starting with probably the best swim of her career to date, the racing was very close all day – at the finish line the top five would be separated by less than ten minutes.

It was a battle on the run, but the Brit would prove the strongest. A 3:02:41 would be enough to take the win, collect the $30,000 first prize – and record her first Sub-9 hour iron-distance finish. Happy days all round.


IRONMAN South American Championship, Brasil – Sunday 28th May 2017
3.8km / 180km / 42.2km – PRO


1st –  Tim Don (GBR) – 7:40:23 – $30,000
2nd – Kyle Buckigham (RSA) – 8:05:43 – $15,000
3rd – Igor Amorelli (ARG) – 8:06:58 – $8,000
4th – Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) – 8:10:04 – $6,500
5th – Thiago Vinhal (BRA) – 8:11:46 – $5,000

16th – Harry Wiltshire (GBR) – 9:05:05


1st – Susie Cheetham (GBR) – 8:52:00 – $30,000
2nd – Sonja Tajsich (GER) – 8:57:36 – $15,000
3rd – Haley Chura (USA) – 8:58:45 – $8,000
4th – Gurutze Frades (ESP) – 9:01:00 – $6,500
5th – Linsey Corbin (USA) – 9:01:13 – $5,000

John Levison
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John Levison
TRI247's Chief Correspondent, John has been involved in triathlon for well over 30 years, 15 of those writing on these pages, whilst he can also be found commentating for events across the UK.
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