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Bretscher and Martin rule the day AT IRONMAN Wisconsin

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Madison, WI (September 7, 2014) – American Daniel Bretscher and New Zealand's Britta Martin took advantage of near perfect race conditions to top the podium at the 13th edition of IRONMAN Wisconsin.  The results mark Bretscher's first IRONMAN win and a second IRONMAN title for Britta.
 
Men's Race
American Brandon Marsh led everyone out of the 2.4-mile Lake Monona swim with a time of 47:52 with Colombia's Andres Castillo Latorre just a couple seconds behind. A pack of nine followed, which included pre-race favorites Daniel Bretscher (USA) along with Konstantin Bachor (DEU), and Pedro Gomes (PRT).
 
Marsh led the way during the bike until just before the 38 mile mark when Bachor took over the lead. Bachor then set the pace for the rest to follow and finished the 112-mile ride with a new course record of 4:31:14, breaking Maik Twelsiek's 4:34:58 from last year. This gave him an 11-minute lead over his main chasers – Marsh, Bretscher, and Gomes.
 
Bachor held tough during the run but the effort on the bike took its toll. Gomes, Bretscher, and Marsh chased hard and closed the gap. By the 19-mile mark Bretscher took possession of the lead for good. Motivated by not wanting to duplicate his second place finish from last year and with no margin for error, Bretscher ran hard to the finish with a course record 2:50:14 marathon to take his first IRONMAN title in an overall course record time of 8:31:20. Marsh claimed second and Gomes rounded out the podium to finish third.
 
Top five professional men's results:
1.     Daniel Bretscher        USA                 8:31:20
2.     Brandon Marsh          USA                 8:32:23
3.     Pedro Gomes             PRT                8:36:56
4.     Konstantin Bachor      DEU                8:38:42
5.     Matt Hanson               USA                8:50:16
 
Women's Race
American Tami Ritchie set the tone for the women coming out of the water in 52:31, followed by defending champion and fellow Americans Jackie Arendt, Ashley Clifford, and Jessica Smith. New Zealand's Britta Martin finished the swim in 59:13. Trailing her were top contenders Ariane Monticeli of Brazil, Tamara Kozulina of the Ukraine.
 
Just before mile 19 of the bike course, Martin, a former professional cyclist, assumed the race lead and continued to gradually add to it throughout the day. By the completion of her 5:15:26 ride she held a 5:21 lead over Kozulina, her closest threat of the day.
 
Martin continued to pad her lead during the marathon running 3:08:40 to finish in 9:30:08 and earn her second career IRONMAN title. Kozulina held on for second, and Clifford ran her way up to third.
 
Top five professional women's results:
1.     Britta Martin               NZL                 9:30:08
2.     Tamara Kozulina        UKR                 9:41:16
3.     Ashley Clifford          USA                 9:45:10
4.     Ariane Monticeli         BRA                 9:49:40
5.     Jackie Arendt            USA                 10:03:58
 
One of more than 30 events in the global IRONMAN Series, IRONMAN Wisconsin led athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run on a course that utilized a variety of the city of Madison and its surrounding areas. The single-loop swim took place in Lake Monona in downtown Madison, while the two-loop bike course offered many tough climbs and turns. Athletes then enjoyed a two-loop run through downtown Madison and past Lake Mendota. The event offered a total prize purse of $25,000 and 50 coveted slots to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on Oct. 10 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
 
Visit http://www.ironman.com/wisconsin for event information and official results. Media inquiries should be directed to press@ironman.com
 
About IRONMAN
The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world's most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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