Rodolphe Von Berg emerged from a tight 3-man battle on the bike leg with a dominating 1:13:20 half marathon to finish in 3:46:16 with a 4:19 margin of victory over Reinaldo Colucci of Brazil and 5:30 over 3rd place finisher Santiago Ascenco of Brazil.
Von Berg led the swim with a 23:25 split which gave him a 3 seconds lead on Fernando Toldi of Brazil, 5 seconds on Colucci, 9 seconds on Paul Matthews of Australia, 11 seconds on Santiago Ascenco of Brazil, 13 seconds on Paulo Da Silva of Brazil, 33 seconds on Kevin Collington of the U.S,. 1:18 on Jackson Laundry of Canada and 1:29 on Alex Libin of the U.S.
After a men’s second-best 2:04:53 bike split, Ascenco led the field into T2 by 1 second on Von Berg (race-best 2:04:52 split), 3 seconds on Colucci, 1:59 on Matthews, 3:14 on Laundry, 7:57 on Johannes Moldan and 8:01 on Libin. Early contenders fell off near the end of the rude as Collington trailed by 8:15 and Toldi by 9:46.
After a race-best 1:13:20 half marathon, Von Berg finished in 3:46:16 with a 4:19 margin over Colucci (1:17:38 run split) and 5:30 over Ascenco (1:18:53 run). On the wings of a second-best 1:15:52 run, Laundry took 4th place.