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Daniel Fontana


Sat 09 February, 2019


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Name: Daniel
Last Name: Fontana
Born: December 31st, 1975
In: General Roca (ARG)
Discipline: triathlon – long distance (Ironman)
Club: DDS triathlon team
Web: www.danielfontana.it

Born in Argentina, with Italian citizenship and now living in Milan, Daniel Fontana is one of the strongest Italian triathletes ever. He started competing as a swimmer, and makes his triathlon debut in 1994. He competed as an Argentinian until 2004 with numerous successes, he then decides to go with the “azzurri”. In the four-year period between 2005 and 2008 he has been the leader of the Olympic national team and qualifies for the Chinese Olympic games. Two Olympics, Athens and Beijing, a second place at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, 3 times in the top 15 at the Olympic distance World Championships, 4 individual and 4 team Italian titles, 3 Argentinian titles, 1 South American title and 1 Pan-American. After the Beijing Olympics, Daniel Fontana focused on long distances, he then became Ironman 70.3 world vice-champion in Clearwater - Florida. In 2010 he made his debut in the Ironman with a third place in South Africa and qualified for the world final in Kona, Hawaii. On April 10th, 2011 Fontana clocked the best Italian performance ever in an Ironman, a fourth place at the South Africa Ironman, with a timing of 8h18'54 ". On June 12th, 2011 he won the first Ironman event in Italy, the 70.3 in Pescara. In October 2011 he completed his second Ironman of the season with a 12th place at the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. In 2012, despite some physical problems, Daniel came in second place at the TriStar 111 in Cannes, wins again the 70.3 Ironman of Pescara, Italy, and finished second in the Austria Ironman. On January 13th, 2013, he got an excellent second place at the Ironman 70.3 in Pucon-Chile, where he had already won twice, in 2011 and 2007 (defeating Chris McCormack, twice Ironman world champion). On March 30th, 2014 he won the Los Cabos (Mex) Ironman. He is the first Italian triathlete to win an Ironman circuit event. Just one month later, on April 27th, 2014, he won the Trapaniman 113 half iron competition in Sicily. In July 2014 he came in fifth place in Racine in the US Ironman 70.3, thus obtaining again the qualification to the Kona World Championship - on the full distance - and is stably in the highest positions of the international ranking. In the 2016 Taiwan Ironman he won his second career gold in the world circuit. The first Italian ever to hit a double.