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These were the final races for August Pro qualify, have a look at the unofficial August KPR rankings.

Here are the races that are after the 2018 qualifying cutoff, most notably the Championship races:

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Italy Sept 22Entry List
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Ironman Mont Tremblant 2018 – Analyzing Results

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Course Conditions

This was one of the slowest years in Mont Tremblant. The day started with an extremely slow swim, and while the bike and run times in isolation were relatively normal, there were only a few athletes who were able to put together a good race across all three legs, leading to an adjustment of -2:24.

One of the athletes having a great all-day performance was Cody Beals (in his first IM!): He posted a new bike course record (improving Jordan Rapp’s 2015 time by just 33 seconds) and overall course record, beating TJ Tollakson’s 2014 winning time by almost six minutes.

Male Race Results

Cody Beals put together a fantastic first Ironman. After swimming with the front group, he took the lead in the second half of the bike leg and never looked back: The fastest bike and run legs also meant that he was able to post a new course record on the hard course in Mont Tremblant. Even though it was not a sub-8 finish, it was still one of the best performances of 2018!

Second place went to Lionel Sanders. He had an improved swim (still 2:30 behind the lead group) but whenever he seemed to put in an effort, it just fell short. He probably wanted to put out a statement for his Kona competitors, but it seems he has to make a couple of adjustments to perform well in eight weeks. (Watch his own race analysis .)

Third place went to Matt Russell. It was another third place finish for Matt in a Canadian IM, just three weeks after IM Whistler. In the last part of the run he was able to almost close the gap to Lionel, unfortunately he ended up just one place short of securing enough points for a Kona slot. Hopefully he will still be able to race in Kona after his horrible accident during last year’s World Championships, if not this year then fingers crossed for 2019!

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Cody Beals CAN 00:52:35 04:24:28 02:49:22 08:10:36 n/a US$ 12,000 2000
2 Lionel Sanders CAN 00:55:07 04:28:33 02:55:50 08:24:01 09:33 US$ 6,000 1600
3 Matthew Russell USA 00:57:58 04:30:37 02:52:24 08:25:14 -04:59 US$ 4,000 1280
4 Antoine Jolicoeur Desroches CAN 00:50:10 04:35:18 02:58:51 08:28:40 n/a US$ 2,750 960
5 Sam Long USA 00:58:20 04:35:05 03:05:27 08:42:50 -04:15 US$ 2,000 720
6 Wouter Monchy BEL 00:52:47 04:45:48 03:07:08 08:50:38 -22:50 US$ 1,500 540
7 Scott Bradley USA 01:00:38 04:36:30 03:14:06 08:56:20 -30:10 US$ 1,000 405
8 Alan Carrillo Avila MEX 00:55:04 04:45:28 03:11:47 08:57:44 02:44 US$ 750 305
9 Matthew Shanks USA 00:58:12 04:56:22 03:09:43 09:08:37 -25:06 230
10 Jesse Vondracek USA 00:55:04 04:54:48 03:15:49 09:10:10 06:00 170
11 Jason Pohl CAN 01:06:05 04:58:29 03:00:59 09:10:59 07:20 120
12 Daniel Clarke CAN 00:58:18 04:55:07 03:31:52 09:30:07 16:00 85
13 Peter Kotland CZE 00:59:14 05:12:47 03:38:04 09:56:13 08:38 60
14 Alex Vanderlinden CAN 00:58:30 05:24:32 04:45:31 11:13:29 n/a 40
Hannes Cool BEL 00:58:26 04:53:30 DNF
David Lacombe CAN 01:00:43 05:01:32 DNF
Sacha Cavelier CAN 01:03:22 05:00:15 DNF
Joe Gambles AUS 00:52:42 DNF
Andrew Yoder USA 00:52:43 DNF
Jeff Symonds CAN 00:55:25 DNF

Female Race Results

When the start list for IM Mont Tremblant was finalized, it seemed to be a race between three main contenders: Liz Blatchford, Lauren Brandon and Meredith Kessler. All of them would have secured their Kona slots with a podium finish. And for the whole day there was never an indication that these three would not make the podium.

As expected, Lauren was leading after the swim with a good margin and she was also riding well enough to start the run with a five-minute lead. But usually her challenge is on the second half of the run, so when Meredith was able to close the gap and took over the lead it was a great surprise to see her continue to run well. Even though Liz hadn’t been able to do much run training with a small injury, she found her running legs and took over the lead from Meredith. But then Lauren found a second wind, was able to re-take second place and even narrow the gap to Liz. In the end Liz was able to take the win with the fastest run split, Lauren was just over a minute back and Meredith finished third, being able to take the foot off the pedal in the last few k.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Liz Blatchford AUS 00:53:56 05:02:54 03:13:32 09:16:45 -04:32 US$ 12,000 2000
2 Lauren Brandon USA 00:50:41 05:01:45 03:20:44 09:18:02 -20:54 US$ 6,000 1600
3 Meredith Kessler USA 00:53:54 05:03:03 03:20:57 09:23:09 03:24 US$ 4,000 1280
4 Meredith Hill AUS 01:02:14 05:03:06 03:25:30 09:37:04 n/a US$ 2,750 960
5 Valerie Belanger CAN 01:17:32 05:00:37 03:27:18 09:53:33 n/a US$ 2,000 720
6 Robyn Hardage CAN 01:05:12 05:24:52 03:30:20 10:05:46 -02:41 US$ 1,500 540
7 Steph Corker CAN 00:59:46 05:36:33 03:37:20 10:19:34 00:14 US$ 1,000 405
8 Amy Vantassel USA 01:10:32 05:42:44 03:23:58 10:23:00 -21:24 US$ 750 305
9 Katy Cargiulo USA 01:13:00 05:37:58 03:34:53 10:32:32 -21:05 230
10 Liz Baugher USA 01:05:37 05:35:43 03:56:21 10:44:16 00:39 170
11 Caroline Martineau CAN 01:13:03 05:22:47 05:39:33 12:21:54 1:27:41 120
Cindy Dubois CAN 01:12:50 05:30:58 DNF
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Unofficial KPR & 2018 Kona Pro Slot Allocation for August Cutoff

2018 Kona Rating Report Title ThumbHere is my calculation of the KPR at the end of August qualifying, deciding the final 10 male and 7 female slots (in addition to the July Qualifiers). My results are unofficial, the official results will be posted on the Ironman website at http://eu.ironman.com/triathlon/triathlon-rankings/points-system.aspx (but as far as I can tell will show the same data). I do not show the July qualifiers, therefore it is a bit easier to determine the August qualifiers. The ranks of athletes just outside the slots will be shown in (brackets). I will update this post with new information regarding declined slots and rolldown.

Once the field has been completed, I will work on this year’s version of the Kona Rating Report, looking at the field and each athlete’s chances for a good result. The free report will be released in time before the Kona race, you can already pre-order your copy.

Update Aug 21st: As expected, Yvonne has declined her slot and it’s been accepted by Katja Konschak. Most of the other slots have been accepted by now, the few remaining ones are expected to do so with the next day or two.

Male KPR Rankings

Rank Name Nation Points Races Last Race
1 Koutny, Philipp SUI 4925 3+1 (855/400) 2018-08-04
2 Stein, Boris GER 4880 2+2 (960/320) 2018-08-19
3 Duelsen, Marc GER 4250 3+1 (705/345) 2018-08-04
4 Viennot, Cyril FRA 4060 2+2 (1280/280) 2018-08-19
5 Molinari, Giulio ITA 3610 3+1 (720/540) 2018-08-19
6 Millward, Callum NZL 3465 2+2 (685/540) 2018-08-04
7 Cochrane, Simon NZL 3420 3+1 (720/140) 2018-07-15
8 Kastelein, Nick AUS 3340 1+2 (2455/345) 2018-07-08
9 Baldwin, Nick SEY 3305 3+1 (305/280) 2018-08-19
10 Shearon, Jonathan USA 3290 3+1 (540/540) 2018-07-29
Kanute, Ben USA 3200 0+2 (0/500) 2018-06-03
(11) Don, Tim GBR 3160 1+2 (230/500) 2018-08-19
(12) Russell, Matt USA 3145 2+2 (1280/240) 2018-08-19
(13) Jurkiewicz, Jeremy FRA 3125 3+1 (540/345) 2018-07-29
Appleton, Sam AUS 3105 0+2 (0/920) 2018-08-04
(14) Vistica, Andrej CRO 3060 3+1 (720/100) 2018-08-15
(15) Gambles, Joe AUS 2885 1+2 (1600/500) 2018-08-19

Female KPR Rankings

Rank Name Nation Points Races Last Race
1 Blatchford, Liz AUS 5535 2+2 (2000/750) 2018-08-19
2 Abraham, Corinne GBR 5280 3+1 (1100/180) 2018-08-18
3 D Van Vlerken, Yvonne NED 5100 3+1 (960/540) 2018-08-12
4 Kessler, Meredith USA 4485 2+2 (1280/750) 2018-08-19
5 Brandon, Lauren USA 4470 2+2 (1335/750) 2018-08-19
6 Lundstroem, Asa SWE 4390 3+1 (880/240) 2018-08-18
7 McKenzie, Beth USA 4310 1+2 (2890/500) 2018-08-19
8 Konschak, Katja GER 4110 3+1 (960/100) 2018-08-05
(9) Naeth, Angela CAN 4065 3+1 (720/785) 2018-08-18
(10) Lindholm Borg, Camilla SWE 3920 3+1 (720/320) 2018-08-18
(11) Chura, Haley USA 3875 2+2 (705/920) 2018-08-05
(12) Grohmann, Katharina GER 3620 3+1 (340/345) 2018-07-29

 

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Ironman Copenhagen 2018 – Analyzing Results

IMCPHThese are preliminary results, a few athletes (especially DNFs) and the splits are missing. I will update as soon as the full results are available.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Cyril Viennot FRA 07:59:52 -06:44 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Kristian Hoegenhaug DEN 08:02:53 -06:59 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Giulio Molinari ITA 08:05:56 -03:40 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Boris Stein GER 08:10:51 12:37 US$ 3,250 960
5 Markus Fachbach GER 08:14:32 -00:18 US$ 2,750 720
6 Johann Ackermann GER 08:15:47 05:18 US$ 2,000 540
7 Chris Fischer DEN 08:19:14 01:29 US$ 1,500 405
8 Nick Baldwin SEY 08:22:18 -10:36 US$ 1,250 305
9 Sebastian Norberg SWE 08:25:25 -06:14 US$ 1,000 230
10 Kristian Hindkjaer DEN 08:36:45 n/a US$ 750 170
11 Vinicius Canhedo BRA 08:38:52 -19:25 120
12 Rasmus Fitzner DEN 08:44:47 -06:58 85
13 Mads Bang Jensen DEN 08:51:46 -18:39 60
14 Dirk Baelus BEL 08:52:38 -20:02 40
15 Jonas Oerarbaeck SWE 08:53:01 15:24 30
16 Olivier Esser BEL 08:53:11 -04:25 20
17 Dennis Matzen DEN 08:53:38 -08:43 15
18 Michael Louys BEL 08:53:52 -08:37 10
19 Marijn De Jonge NED 09:07:16 -03:12 8
20 Anthony Cadario FRA 09:09:09 04:27 5

Kona Qualifying

Boris Stein, Cyril Viennot and Giulio Molinari have secured their Kona slots. Nick Baldwin has to wait for the Mont Tremblant results, Tim Don has dropped out of the Top 10 August ranks. For details on qualifying, have a look at my updated post on “Kona 2018 Pro Qualifying”.

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Kona 2018 Pro Qualifying Before the Final August Races

This post looks at Kona Pro Qualifying before the remaining races before the August cutoff:

Date Type Race Points
12-Aug 70.3 70.3 Steelhead P-750
18-Aug IM IM Sweden – WPRO only P-2000
19-Aug 70.3 70.3 Bintan P-500
19-Aug IM IM Copenhagen – MPRO only P-2000
19-Aug 70.3 70.3 Dun Laoghaire P-500
19-Aug IM IM Mont Tremblant P-2000

(The results from 70.3 Steelhead and 70.3 Dun Laoghaire did not influence the race for the August slots.)

There are more Ironman and 70.3 races in August, but they are already part of 2019 qualifying. The August qualifiers for 2018 are determined on August 19th.

The following analysis is built on the available start lists posted by Ironman and assumes that there are not going to be any late entries. As always, you can check start lists and seedings on TriRating.com.

Women’s Qualifying

August 18th: Updated after IM Sweden, August 19th: Updated after 70.3 Bintan

There are 7 Kona points slots (not counting the athletes already qualified in July) for the female Pros in August. The following table lists the athletes currently occupying the qualifying slots:

Rank Athlete Points Races Comments
1 Corinne Abraham 5.289 3+1
(2) Yvonne Van Vlerken 5.100 3+1 expected to decline (not interested in racing Kona)
3 Asa Lundstroem 4.390 3+1
4 Beth McKenzie 4.310 1+2
5 Katja Konschak 4.110 3+1
6 Angela Naeth 4.065 3+1
7 Camilla Lindholm Borg 3.920 3+1
8 Haley Chura 3.875 2+2

The following table lists what each of the athletes will need who are on one of the start lists and who can still overtake Katharina (who was initially the athlete in the last qualifying spot with 3.620 points), even if that is probably not going to be enough for securing a slot (i.e. even if one can pass Katharina, there are likely others that leap further ahead). In brackets I have added the (result) that will be needed to be quite certain of a slot (regardless of where others may finish, “n/a” meaning that even with a win a slot is not assured). For the women, the “magic number” of points to qualify in August should be just below 4.200, anyone who can pass Katja should be safe:

Athlete Points Races Registered for Needs
Liz Blatchford 3.535 1+2 IM Mont Tremblant 8th (5th)
Asa Lundstroem 3.510 3+1 IM Sweden 4th (2nd)
Laurel Wassner 3.480 2+2 IM Mont Tremblant (DNS) 4th (3rd)
Angela Naeth 3.425 2+2 IM Sweden, IM Mont Tremblant 4th (2nd)
Corinne Abraham 3.280 2+1 IM Sweden 7th (4th)
Lauren Brandon 3.210 2+2 IM Mont Tremblant 4th (2nd)
Meredith Kessler 3.205 1+2 IM Mont Tremblant 5th (3rd)
Dede Griesbauer 2.780 2+1 IM Sweden 4th (2nd)
Kim Morrison * 2.690 2+2 IM Sweden 2nd (Win)
Jessie Donavan 2.395 3+1 IM Mont Tremblant (DNS) Win (Win)
Sonja Tajsich 1.800 2+1 IM Sweden Win (n/a)

* Similar to Yvonne Van Vlerken, Kim Morrison has indicated that she would decline a Kona slot.

Update August 10th: With Sara no longer in the mix for an August slot, the cutoff will probably occur somewhere between Katja and Camilla, likely around 4.000 points. This slightly reduces the needed finishes, in most scenarios athletes should qualify by finishing one rank further down than listed above.

There are a lot more athletes registered for the remaining August races, you can check start lists and seedings on TriRating.com.

Men’s Qualifying

August 19th: Updated after IM Copenhagen

There are 10 Kona points slots (not counting the athletes qualified in July) for the male Pros in August. The following table lists the male Pros in the direct qualifying ranks:

Rank Athlete Points Races Comments
1 Philipp Koutny 4.925 3+1
2 Boris Stein 4.880 2+2
3 Marc Duelsen 4.250 3+1
4 Cyril Vienot 4.060 2+2
5 Giulio Molinari 3.610 3+1
6 Callum Millward 3.465 2+2
7 Simon Cochrane 3.420 3+1
8 Nick Kastelein 3.340 1+2
9 Nick Baldwin 3.305 3+1
10 Jonathan Shearon 3.290 3+1
Ben Kanute 3.200 0+2 not validated, no known IM plans
11 Tim Don 3.160 1+2 registered for IM Copenhagen (should be safe with a 7th)
12 Jeremy Jurkiewicz 3.125 3+1
Sam Appleton 3.105 0+2 not validated, no known IM plans

Boris Stein still needs an Ironman finish to be eligible for a slot. He is registered for IM Copenhagen and “just finishing” will secure a points slot for him. With Ben Kanute and Sam Appleton not being eligible for Kona (no Ironman finish), this means that currently Nick Baldwin occupies the last direct qualifying slot, but it’s safe to assume that a number of athletes are going to score and that more than 3.100 points will be needed.

The next table lists what each of the athletes will need who are on one of the start lists and who can still get to at least 3.105 points, even if that is probably not going to be enough for securing a slot (i.e. even if one can pass that mark, there are likely others that leap further ahead). In brackets I have added the (result) that will be needed to be quite certain of a slot (regardless of where others may finish, “n/a” meaning that even with a win a slot is not assured). For the men I consider 3.500 to be the “magic number” for an August slot, anyone who can pass Callum should be safe:

Athlete Points Races Registered for Needs
Andrej Vistica * 3.060 3+1 IM Copenhagen 4th (3rd)
Joe Gambles 2.885 1+2 IM Mont Tremblant 8th (5th)
Mark Bowstead 2.830 3+1 70.3 Indonesia 2nd (n/a)
Giulio Molinari 2.670 3+1 IM Copenhagen 4th (3rd)
Jesper Svensson 2.620 1+2 IM Copenhagen 6th (4th)
Patrick McKeon 2.595 2+1 IM Mont Tremblant (DNS) 6th (4th)
Jeff Symonds 2.320 2+0 IM Mont Tremblant 4th (3rd)
Sam Long 2.305 3+1 IM Mont Tremblant 3rd (2nd)
Matthew Russell 2.080 2+2 IM Mont Tremblant 3rd (2nd)
Cyril Viennot 2.060 1+2 IM Copenhagen 3rd (2nd)
Johann Ackermann 1.905 2+2 IM Copenhagen 2nd (Win)
Stefan Schmid 1.680 2+0 IM Copenhagen 2nd (Win)
Daniil Sapunov 1.465 2+2 IM Copenhagen Win (n/a)

* Andrej Vistica has announced that he will skip IM Copenhagen and is therefore out of the qualifying game.

As for the women, there are a lot more athletes registered for the remaining August races, you can check start lists and seedings on TriRating.com.

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Ironman Sweden 2018 – Analyzing Results

IMSweden_LogoRace Conditions

The conditions for this year’s race at IM Sweden seemed perfect for fast times: Warm weather with hardly any wind helped athletes to post some fast times, especially on the bike. Corinne Abraham posted two new course records: Her bike split of 4:34 was 14 minutes quicker than the 2012 4:48 bike time from Helene Malmqvist. (A number of ladies were faster this year than Helene.) On the back of her fast bike time and a second-best run split Corinne also posted a new overall course record of 8:45, improving on Jodie Cunnama’s 8:54 from 2013.

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Corinne Abraham GBR 00:57:28 04:34:32 03:09:13 08:45:06 -17:58 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Asa Lundstroem SWE 01:00:12 04:42:17 03:08:49 08:54:35 -18:45 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Angela Naeth CAN 00:57:27 04:42:52 03:16:23 09:01:03 -29:03 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Kimberley Morrison GBR 00:52:31 04:40:51 03:31:16 09:07:49 -04:16 US$ 3,250 960
5 Sonja Tajsich GER 01:02:14 04:56:10 03:09:47 09:13:10 -00:32 US$ 2,750 720
6 Camilla Lindholm Borg SWE 01:05:52 04:53:01 03:14:59 09:18:39 -10:11 US$ 2,000 540
7 Simona Krivankova CZE 01:05:44 04:56:00 03:14:59 09:20:48 -13:42 US$ 1,500 405
8 Annie Thoren SWE 00:52:25 04:53:51 03:38:56 09:29:04 n/a US$ 1,250 305
9 Sofie Goos BEL 00:58:04 05:03:02 03:41:21 09:47:03 23:57 US$ 1,000 230
10 Emma Graaf SWE 00:57:22 05:21:56 03:41:37 10:07:08 06:27 US$ 750 170
Melanie Baumann SUI 01:12:09 05:13:28 DNF
Dede Griesbauer USA 00:52:33 DNF

Kona Qualifying

The top finishers Corinne Abraham and Asa Lundstroem have enough points now to receive an August slot.  Angela Naeth is also in an excellent position, but there are a few unlikely scenarios that may see her fall out of the Kona ranks in the August KPR.

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