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Kona 2017 – How the Female Race Unfolded

Here are the results of the top finishers and the athletes that had an influence on the outcome of the FPRO race:

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp.
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 00:53:10 04:53:10 03:00:02 08:50:47 -07:01
2 Lucy Charles GBR 00:48:48 04:58:19 03:08:09 08:59:38 -25:22
3 Sarah Crowley AUS 00:53:07 04:57:51 03:05:36 09:01:38 -27:23
4 Heather Jackson USA 00:57:58 04:53:54 03:06:19 09:02:29 -17:13
5 Kaisa Sali FIN 00:57:53 04:59:50 03:01:33 09:04:40 -12:11
6 Susie Cheetham GBR 00:57:54 05:03:27 03:09:25 09:16:00 -06:53
7 Carrie Lester AUS 00:57:51 05:00:31 03:16:35 09:19:49 -05:33
8 Elizabeth Lyles USA 01:00:08 05:04:10 03:11:21 09:20:31 -10:48
9 Annabel Luxford AUS 00:53:02 04:59:15 03:24:06 09:20:58 -15:10
10 Jocelyn McCauley USA 00:54:31 05:04:34 03:16:41 09:21:08 -20:02
11 Mareen Hufe GER 00:59:04 04:58:06 03:21:17 09:23:11 -14:12
26 Lauren Brandon USA 00:48:53 04:58:53 04:03:26 09:56:03 20:42

Here’s the Race Development Graph for these athletes:

WPRO Major

Race Development

The race at the front can be divided into three distinct phases:

Start to Bike Mile 90

In the swim, Lucy Charles builds a lead of 4.5 minutes and more to the rest of the field. After the swim, Lucy continues to hold on to that lead, with Lauren Brandon in close pursuit. For most of the bike Daniela Ryf (blue line) is closely followed by Sarah Crowley (green line) – their lines overlap and are almost impossible to distinguish. By mile 90 they trail Lucy and Lauren by just over five minutes. Heather Jackson (violet line) is 9 minutes back after the swim and for the first 40 miles of the bike, but then she’s able to make up time to the front. By mile 90 she has closed the gap to Lucy to 6 minutes and is riding just over one minute behind Daniela and Sarah.

Rest of the Bike and Early Run

With about 40k left on the bike (about 25 miles), Daniela decides to take a risk and rides hard for the remainder of the bike. She quickly starts to eat into Lucy’s lead and drops Sarah. At about that time Lucy seems to have a bad patch: Almost everyone in the field is making up time on her between miles 100 and 110. But the fastest athlete in this part of the bike is clearly Daniela, and within the last hour of the bike she turns a 5-minute deficit into a 30 second lead in T2. Once in front, Daniela starts to build her lead – it’s obvious that she’s running faster than Lucy (by mile 5 she has put another two minutes into Lucy) and everyone else is already more than six minutes behind after the early miles of the run.

Last 20 Miles of the Run

After the early part of the run, Daniela has asserted herself as the clear leader of the race, and for the rest of the marathon she just extends her lead. (In the end, she also posts the fastest run split.) Lucy is losing time to the faster runners behind her, but with a new marathon PR of 3:08 she’s able to hold on to second place. Sarah and Heather are within a few seconds of each other for most of the marathon, in the end Sarah claims third place with a gap of only 51 seconds to Heather.

Let’s have a closer look at the Top 11 finishers.

Winner: Daniela Ryf

Once again, Daniela Ryf was able to defend her Kona title – she is now a three-time Kona champion.

2017Daniela

But compared to the last two races, this year was a lot tighter: She won by eight minutes (last year the gap was 24 minutes), and as discussed before she took the lead just before T2 instead of early in the bike as in previous years. Her finish-line demeanour also showed how hard the race was for her: Last year she still had a lot of energy and bounced around, this year she had to lie down and take a breath after crossing the line:

FLOWS Daniela

In the after-race interviews she said that with 40k left on the bike, she felt she needed to take a risk and put out a big bike effort. She said before the race that she trusts her run and is prepared to win the race on the run, and if we take this year’s data, she would have won the race even without the big effort in the last 40k of the bike and the six minutes she was faster than the other top finishers in that part of the race.

So why did she feel the need to take a risk by putting out such a huge effort? I think there are two factors: One is that she wanted to assert herself in the race and start to eat into the lead that has been hovering around five minutes for the whole bike ride, she wanted to show both to herself and others that even though her day was far from perfect she was still the odds-on favorite to win the race. The second – and in my opinion bigger reason – was the number of athletes that were still “racing for the win” that late in the race: Lucy and Lauren were more than five minutes in front of her, she was riding with Sarah Crowley and Annabel Luxford, Heather Jackson was closing the gap to her and was only a minute back, possibly even a strong runner like Kaisa Sali might still have a chance with just four minutes behind. So at this point you probably have five or six athletes other than Daniela with a chance to win the race. Daniela would be the clear favorite in any of these one-on-one matches, but it would take only one of the athletes mentioned to have a magical day to beat Daniela. That would be quite unlikely if it had been just one athlete, but with five or six the chance for that was much much larger.

So Daniela decided to put in a surge, and what a surge it was. Basically she was riding the last 40k of the bike at least six minutes quicker than everyone else in the field. At the start of the run, she had taken the lead over Lucy Charles and put more than five between herself and Sarah Crowley and Heather Jackson – and by then the race was firmly back in Daniela’s control with only a total breakdown as a scenario for her not to win the race. But she did much better: She even posted the fastest run split of the female field, and won her third Kona title in a row.

Second Place: Lucy Charles

Lucy had a great day in Kona – always either leading the race or being in second place:

2017Lucy

It was pretty much expected that Lucy would lead the swim and build a lead to the rest of the female field, she even managed to swim into the second bike male pack. In the FLOWS photo below you can see Lucy in T1 and Sebastian Kienle in the background:

FLOWS Lucy T1

However, it was a surprise to see Lucy ride very strong and hold on to her lead for most of the bike. It took a big effort by Daniela to relegate Lucy to second place in T2, right around the time when Lucy probably had a bad patch (most of the field was making up time on her around mile 110). At the start of the run she had a lead of less than five minutes to Sarah Crowley and Heather Jackson,  and she said herself that she didn’t know if she’d be able to run well when she hit T2. But she ran extremely well, posting another personal best in the marathon (3:08 after running 3:18 in Lanzarote and 3:13 in Frankfurt earlier this year). She hardly lost any time to Sarah and Heather on Ali’i Drive, and less than two minutes in the rest of the marathon, claiming second place in her Kona debut.

Third and Fourth Place: Sarah Crowley and Heather Jackson

Sarah and Heather had a close fight for the last podium spot:

2017SarahHeather

After the swim, Sarah was with the Daniela group, and she continued to ride with Daniela even as the group was dwindling in size. Even a crash after 35 miles wasn’t able to stop her. (She took a short tumble when she was hit by a gust of wind during a bottle grab.) She was only dropping back from Daniela when Dani stepped on the gas at mile 90, after riding with her for a bit she scaled her efforts back a little bit. Heather had a slower swim, but a sub-58 was still an IM swim PR for her, and she was only five minutes back to Daniela (in her first Kona in 2015 it was more than eight minutes). She was also riding strong, and by mile 90 had almost closed the gap to Daniela and her group. By T2 she had ridden up to Sarah and both started the run within seconds of each other – in the following FLOWS picture of Heather at the start of the run you can see Sarah in the background:

FLOWS Heather Run Start

For the first part of the run Sarah said she was still trying to listen to her body if there were any adverse effects of the crash, but she was okay and took the chance to follow Heather while making sure she was well hydrated and fueled. When they entered the Energy Lab, Sarah ran up to Heather and for a while they ran side by side. Heather said after the race that this was her first Ironman that she was racing person-to-person, almost like an Olympic Distance or 70.3 race. Sarah had prepared for the last ten k of the run and started to slightly move ahead of Heather at the top of the Energy Lab, but the gap was never larger than 30 or 40 seconds. Even in the last k Sarah had to push the pace to stay ahead of Heather and was jubilant crossing the finish line in third place.

FLOWS Sarah Finish

Fifth Place: Kaisa Sali

As last year, fifth place went to Kaisa Lehtonen:

2017Kaisa

After the swim Kaisa was in a better position than last year: The gap to Daniela was under five minutes (compared to more than six last year,), but she was also in a better position in the field, just outside of the Top 10. She was also riding really well, hardly losing any more time to Daniela while moving ahead in the field:

FLOWS Kaisa Bike BW

At the start of the run Kaisa was part of a group of four females, about in eighth place, compared to 12th last year. She had a strong start of the run, posting the fastest first half-marathon in the female field, clearly moving onto fifth place shortly after Palani and steadily closing the gap to those in front of her – by mile 20 she was within two minutes of a podium finish. But at that point Sarah and Heather started their fight for a podium finish and held the distance to Kaisa. Kaisa had built a solid gap to sixth place (almost ten minutes at the end of the Energy Lab) and she was probably worked extra hard for a podium finish, but in the end remained in fifth place.

Sixth to Eleventh Place: Susie Cheetham, Carrie Lester, Liz Lyles, Annabel Luxford, Jocelyn McCauley and Mareen Hufe

As usual, the final positions in the Top 10 were close contested (only 3.5 minutes between seventh and eleventh!), with lots of position changes even in the last 15 minutes of racing:

Top6 11

Annabel Luxford (green line) was riding with Daniela and Sarah for most of the bike:

FLOWS Bella Bike

She only started to drop back from the front pack when Daniela put in her effort towards the end of the bike. She was caught by Heather Jackson before T2 but gained one position early in the run when Lauren didn’t have a good run. Bella was running in fifth place, losing time to the front of the race but also to the faster runners behind her. But she fought hard and was still running in sixth at the turnaround in the Energy Lab. In the end she finished ninth, barely holding off tenth place finisher Jocelyn McCauley by ten seconds.

The best runner in the second group of athletes was Susie Cheetham, and she claimed sixth place. Susie had an even race, coming out of the water just ten minutes back and not loosing much more time on the bike. In T2 she was just outside of the Top 10, after five miles of the run on Ali’i Drive she had already gained three spots. Even though she wasn’t running as fast as the Top 5, she continued to move forward in the field, and at the top the Energy Lab (10k to go) she was in sixth place. By then she was ten minutes behind fifth place so a better placing seemed far-fetched, but just two to four minutes ahead of seventh to tenth place. Susie continued to run strong and defended sixth place until the finish, probably satisfied with a successful return to the Top 10 in Kona.

Carrie Lester was among those that finished the bike in front Susie. Carrie was off the bike in ninth place, and while she was running better than many of the athletes starting the run close to her, she wasn’t able to make up many positions and ended up in seventh place, having to fight hard to stay ahead of three athletes finishing less than 80 seconds behind her.

Liz Lyles was closest to Carrie, working hard until crossing the finish line in eighth place, just 42 seconds behind Carrie:

LizLyles

Liz managed to stay in very close proximity to Susie on the bike, starting the run just 2.5 minutes behind in 15th place. Even though Liz had raced (and won!) IM Chattanooga just three weeks before Kona, she was running well (only slightly slower than Susie), climbing all the way into eighth. She gained two spots in the final miles and finished ahead of Bella and Jocelyn by 27 and 37 seconds. She’s also the “first Super-Mom in Kona” (other mothers who finished are Jocelyn in tenth, Rachel Joyce in 20th and Sonja Tajsich in 21st) and the first Pro athlete to secure her Kona 2018 slot.

Jocelyn McCauley finished in tenth place. She said she didn’t have the race she was looking for and felt sluggish most of the day. It’s a testament to her determination that even though she didn’t feel good she continued to race hard and kept herself in the battle for a Top 10 finish. It was only in the final two miles of the run that she loosened up and was able to move into tenth place, barely missing overtaking a few more athletes with her strong finish.

The first female to finish outside the money was Mareen Hufe. Mareen had a great race: Her swim was more than six minutes faster than in her last Kona race in 2015, and her 4:58 bike split was only beaten by Daniela, Heather and Sarah. In T2 she had moved into sixth place, but a couple of faster runners were not too far behind and it was clear that she’d be dropping back. She fought hard for a finish in the money, but two miles before the finish she lost tenth place to Jocelyn. Still, Mareen was the top German female, and eleventh place is her best Kona finish so far.

Photo Credits: Thanks to my friends Ana Borba, Jacques Rangel and Romulo Cruz from FLOWS Journal for allowing me to use their photos. They have a lot more great shots in their Kona gallery. The photo of Liz is by Etienne Van Rensburg. All photos used with permission. Please respect their great work by not reusing the photos without their consent.

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Ironman Mar del Plata 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This was the first Ironman race in Argentina. The swim was relatively slow, there was even some discussion before the race that winds might force shortening the swim (which didn’t happen on race day). Even with the wind, the bike was relatively quick, and colder temperatures also contributed to fast run times. The times are comparable to Australia, Cozumel or New Zealand.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Matt Chrabot USA 00:48:58 04:30:46 02:55:46 08:19:57 -07:02 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Jozsef Major HUN 00:59:43 04:29:20 02:51:48 08:26:03 -16:04 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:48:54 04:27:16 03:06:42 08:27:11 03:15 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Miquel Blanchart Tinto ESP 00:49:16 04:41:24 02:56:56 08:31:47 05:47 US$ 2,500 960
5 Ivan Risti ITA 00:48:51 04:38:26 03:01:28 08:32:52 -04:33 US$ 1,500 720
6 Pedro Gomes POR 00:53:43 04:43:38 02:52:19 08:33:58 -00:19 US$ 1,000 540
7 Oscar Galindez ARG 00:54:24 04:37:34 03:02:20 08:39:10 -21:46 405
8 Mario De Elias ARG 00:54:22 04:43:23 02:59:55 08:41:51 03:33 305
9 Frank Silvestrin BRA 00:49:15 04:47:53 03:01:50 08:43:37 -00:09 230
10 Christian Carletto ARG 00:54:23 04:55:08 03:19:33 09:13:47 -28:23 170
11 Rodrigo Sanchez ARG 00:59:10 05:12:54 02:54:35 09:13:58 -29:26 120
12 Diego Vasquez ECU 00:56:00 04:54:52 03:28:39 09:25:01 n/a 85

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Sarah Piampiano USA 01:03:12 04:52:19 03:10:57 09:11:03 -02:23 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Tine Deckers BEL 00:59:14 04:55:51 03:19:56 09:19:22 03:09 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Magali Tisseyre CAN 00:56:00 05:12:19 03:07:42 09:24:37 -01:13 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Dede Griesbauer USA 00:53:08 04:52:47 03:33:08 09:24:54 -17:39 US$ 2,500 960
5 Asa Lundstroem SWE 01:02:52 04:57:39 03:20:27 09:25:36 09:32 US$ 1,500 720
6 Bruna Mahn BRA 00:59:19 05:12:38 03:16:11 09:32:35 -23:39 US$ 1,000 540
7 Ewa Bugdol POL 00:56:07 05:16:31 03:18:34 09:35:50 07:04 405
8 Pamela Tastets CHI 00:58:54 05:13:18 03:23:25 09:41:41 11:11 305
9 Maggie Rusch USA 01:06:11 05:16:44 03:25:42 09:53:31 -16:02 230
10 Jennie Hansen USA 01:08:47 05:14:22 03:51:23 10:22:05 56:59 170
11 Carrie Mccoy USA 01:17:09 05:36:56 03:43:03 10:47:29 -13:42 120
12 Laura Barrena ARG 01:18:54 06:28:50 04:16:07 12:11:53 n/a 85
Caroline Livesey GBR 00:59:30 DNF
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Ironman Western Australia 2017 – Analyzing Results

IMWALogoRace Conditions

Because of a shark warning shortly before the race start, all athletes had to leave the water and the swim was cancelled. The race was started “just before T1” in a time trial fashion to break up big groups. Of course this changed the dynamic of the race: Looking at the times it seems that the bike was quite a bit faster than what’s “normal” for Busselton (adjustment would have been around 26 minutes, compared to the course rating of 14:13), probably because everyone was trying to move into a good position after the time trial start. The harder bike probably contributed to a significantly slower run (-6:33 minutes, compared to run course rating of 1:10). This is reflected in the run times – there were only two sub-3 marathons on the men’s side (by Terenzo and Cameron Brown) and the fastest female run split was a 3:09 by Camilla Borg.

The change in dynamic resulting from not having a swim makes it a bit hard to ask how the race would have panned out if there had been a swim – after all athletes could have paced more sensibly or a faster swimmer but slower bike rider could have keyed off a slightly slower swimmer and better bike rider. With that caveat, as far as I can see the swim wouldn’t have changed the overall results too much: Terenzo should have been one of the fastest swimmers, so he still should have been able to defend his title. Carrie might have swim slightly slower than Mel, but it’s hard to imagine how that could have resulted in a seven minute difference at the end.  Adding in expected swim times, Mel Hauschildt could have been able to set a new course record (she could have swum around an hour while I expected her to swim around 55 minutes). Carrie would have likely finished sub-9 and Terenzo’s time would likely have been sub-8 (but probably slower than his 7:51 course record from last year). In the results below I have also added a rough estimate in the “Diff to expected” column comparing each athlete’s performance on race day to their previous results (if available). 

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Terenzo Bozzone NZL   04:15:58 02:53:05 07:12:30 -15:41 US$ 10,000 2000
2 Dougal Allan NZL   04:12:34 03:01:51 07:18:07 -08:04 US$ 5,000 1600
3 Tim Van Berkel AUS   04:13:05 03:10:29 07:27:07 -01:06 US$ 3,250 1280
4 Cameron Brown NZL   04:33:46 02:53:43 07:32:22 02:04 US$ 2,500 960
5 Nathan Shearer AUS   04:15:50 03:15:33 07:35:32 -37:34 US$ 1,750 720
6 Konstantin Bachor GER   04:10:48 03:24:56 07:39:40 -16:34 US$ 1,250 540
7 Scott Defilippis USA   04:31:29 03:11:41 07:48:26 -16:15 US$ 750 405
8 Per Bittner GER   04:31:41 03:14:45 07:50:36 07:37 US$ 500 305
9 Leigh Stabryla AUS   04:39:57 03:10:02 07:54:05 -23:59   230
10 Philipp Koutny SUI   04:21:26 03:39:11 08:05:08 16:40   170
11 Damien Collins AUS   04:37:57 03:24:40 08:06:30 n/a   120
12 Carl Read NZL   04:43:49 03:29:10 08:18:46 10:14   85
13 Petr Vabrousek CZE   04:40:19 03:56:25 08:42:01 27:28   60
14 Josef Svoboda CZE   05:24:53 04:48:13 10:21:31 06:47   40
  Esben Hovgaard DEN   04:21:14   DNF      
  Lindsey Wall AUS   04:31:16   DNF      
  Pete Jacobs AUS   04:50:43   DNF      
  Allister Caird AUS       DNF      
  Luke Bell AUS       DNF      
  Cameron Wurf AUS       DNF      
  Courtney Ogden AUS       DNF      
  Callum Millward NZL   04:29:27   DNF      
  Martijn Dekker NED   04:20:52   DNF      

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Melissa Hauschildt AUS   04:37:42 03:10:46 07:52:04 -22:58 US$ 10,000 2000
2 Carrie Lester AUS   04:38:43 03:16:05 07:59:07 -16:13 US$ 5,000 1600
3 Camilla Lindholm Borg SWE   04:48:20 03:09:41 08:01:59 -27:43 US$ 3,250 1280
4 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED   04:45:06 03:22:19 08:11:01 00:41 US$ 2,500 960
5 Meredith Hill AUS   04:56:21 03:22:32 08:24:01 n/a US$ 1,750 720
6 Mareen Hufe GER   04:41:52 03:43:03 08:29:50 10:21 US$ 1,250 540
7 Tracy Morrison AUS   05:08:11 03:30:52 08:46:07 -38:22 US$ 750 405
8 Monica Juhart AUS   05:05:19 03:48:16 08:58:20 -1:41:30 US$ 500 305
9 Kierra Sansome AUS   05:24:59 03:38:12 09:08:40 n/a   230
10 Els Visser NED   04:53:26 04:17:06 09:14:25 n/a   170
  Claire Davis AUS       DNF      
  Alise Selsmark AUS   05:10:12   DNF      
  Michelle Gailey AUS   05:36:36   DNF      
  Jessica Mitchell AUS   05:16:27   DNF      

Kona Qualifying Implications

With their results in Western Australia a couple of athletes have secured their Kona slots:

  • Terenzo Bozzone (8.750 points) is safe for a July slot, as are the top female finishers Mel Hauschildt (6.285) and Carrie Lester (6.480). Mareen Hufe (4.775 points after her sixth place) can also plan for Kona 2018. 
  • Tim Berkel is on the bubble for a slot, at 3.455 points he’s right at the projected cutoff number. He already has four races in his total, so improving his total won’t be easy.
  • Dougal Allen has improved his total to 2.240 points, he’s in a good position to secure his slot early next year. Should Yvonne Van Vlerken (2.960) decide to try to qualify for Kona again, she should also be able to secure the remaining points.
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Ironman Cozumel 2017 – Analyzing Results

IMCozLogoRace Conditions

This year was very fast for Cozumel – with a new course rating of 9:07 the 2017 adjustment was 23:47, meaning that the race was in the order of 15 minutes quicker than normal. This was caused by a fast swim (there was no talk about a shortened swim, so it was either misplaced buoys or currents aiding the swim) but also a quick bike (based on the numbers roughly 8 to 10 minutes quicker than normal) and a not quite-as-hard-as-normal run.

The fast conditions helped the winners race extremely fast and post new course records. Discarding the shortened 2013 race, Lisa Roberts is the first woman to go sub-9 (she broke Corinne Abraham’s 2015 time of 9:06:40 with a 8:54), and Sebastian Kienle is the first athlete to go sub-8 in Cozumel (his 7:48 broke Frederik Van Lierde’s 2016 record of 8:03:09). Sebi also posted a new bike course record, while Jarrod Shoemaker set a new swim course record and Ivan Rana improved his own run course record. On the female side, Alicia Kaye posted a new swim course record and Rachel McBride set a new bike course record.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Sebastian Kienle GER 00:41:36 04:10:48 02:51:42 07:48:11 03:17 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Michael Weiss AUT 00:44:56 04:12:45 02:50:47 07:53:27 -13:23 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Ivan Rana ESP 00:39:19 04:31:26 02:43:41 07:58:39 -07:36 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Stefan Schmid GER 00:41:33 04:25:31 02:47:53 07:59:44 -11:52 US$ 3,250 960
5 Trevor Delsaut FRA 00:41:47 04:28:55 02:52:16 08:07:10 -17:37 US$ 2,750 720
6 Samuel Huerzeler SUI 00:41:38 04:33:07 02:52:53 08:12:23 -13:00 US$ 2,000 540
7 Victor Arroyo Bugallo ESP 00:45:59 04:35:51 02:52:38 08:18:15 n/a US$ 1,500 405
8 Justin Daerr USA 00:41:39 04:27:42 03:05:54 08:19:28 -00:36 US$ 1,250 305
9 Alan Carrillo Avila MEX 00:41:37 04:28:52 03:06:33 08:21:14 -21:39 US$ 1,000 230
10 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS 00:41:31 04:42:55 03:01:49 08:30:52 -04:09 US$ 750 170
11 Albert Moreno Molins ESP 00:41:36 04:36:51 03:07:51 08:32:19 n/a   120
12 Raymond Botelho USA 00:45:52 04:30:14 03:34:38 08:55:31 -02:41   85
13 Oliver Gonzalez Miranda MEX 00:41:34 04:58:33 03:11:36 08:56:20 -08:19   60
14 Jarrod Shoemaker USA 00:39:17 04:58:00 03:15:00 08:56:38 21:28   40
15 Michael Poole NZL 00:41:32 04:35:23 03:36:56 08:58:06 n/a   30
16 Eduar Villalta VEN 00:49:16 04:42:08 04:34:35 10:10:57 n/a   20
  Denis Chevrot FRA 00:40:30 04:26:34   DNF      
  Sam Long USA 00:46:02 04:35:06   DNF      
  Max Biessmann USA 00:43:33 04:59:50   DNF      
  Jordan Bryden CAN 00:41:39     DNF      
  Gregory Close USA 00:45:57     DNF      

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Lisa Roberts USA 00:49:16 04:59:57 02:59:19 08:54:00 -05:49 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Kirsty Jahn CAN 00:44:53 04:56:31 03:11:54 08:58:27 -16:33 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Sonja Tajsich GER 00:51:07 05:02:16 03:02:01 09:00:53 -05:07 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Anja Beranek GER 00:41:50 04:48:50 03:28:12 09:03:41 05:32 US$ 3,250 960
5 Sue Huse CAN     03:13:51 09:13:18 n/a US$ 2,750 720
6 Jessie Donavan USA 00:54:40 04:53:11 03:22:08 09:14:49 -00:39 US$ 2,000 540
7 Rachel McBride CAN 00:41:52 04:42:35 03:47:49 09:16:27 07:48 US$ 1,500 405
8 Ashley Paulson USA 00:58:42 05:09:02 03:06:33 09:18:48 -20:57 US$ 1,250 305
9 Nicole Valentine USA 00:50:28 05:06:40 03:18:21 09:20:18 -15:41 US$ 1,000 230
10 Christine Hammond USA 00:44:49 05:18:08 03:21:12 09:28:47 -04:01 US$ 750 170
11 Steph Corker CAN 00:44:58 05:16:08 03:23:14 09:29:25 -27:07   120
12 Alicia Kaye USA 00:41:49 05:05:55 03:46:02 09:38:11 26:14   85
13 Anne Basso FRA 00:45:05 05:16:01 03:34:12 09:41:21 -01:40   60
14 Palmira Alvarez MEX 00:53:08 05:07:50 03:40:11 09:45:56 -08:38   40
15 Kendra Goffredo USA 00:57:27 05:20:36 04:08:45 10:32:24 n/a   30
  Ewa Bugdol POL 00:44:51     DNF      

Kona Qualifying Implications

It’s still early in the season, but a number of athletes have raced Cozumel with an eye towards Kona 2018:

  • Sebastian Kienle validated his Automatic Qualifier slot.
  • Ivan Rana scored enough points to be safe for a July slot. 
  • Lisa Roberts has won two IMs, but she’ll need a few more points for a slot – for now she’s “in the bubble”. However, she should be able to secure her slot just by racing 70.3s in spring 2018.
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Ironman Western Australia 2017 (Dec 3rd) – Seedings

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Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2005 Mitchell Anderson (AUS) 08:27:35 Charlotte Paul (AUS) 09:47:27
2006 Jason Shortis (AUS) 08:03:55 Lisbeth Kristensen (DEN) 09:10:00
2007 Patrick Vernay (NCL) 08:05:58 Charlotte Paul (AUS) 09:00:54
2008 Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 08:07:06 Gina Crawford (NZL) 08:59:24
2009 Patrick Vernay (NCL) 08:13:59 Gina Crawford (NZL) 09:16:52
2010 Courtney Ogden (AUS) 08:14:01 Kate Bevilaqua (AUS) 09:19:44
2011 Timo Bracht (GER) 08:12:39 Michelle Bremer (NZL) 09:25:38
2012 Jimmy Johnsen (DEN) 08:29:06 Britta Martin (NZL) 09:13:00
2013 Jeremy Jurkiewicz (FRA) 08:08:16 Elizabeth Lyles (USA) 08:59:44
2014 Denis Chevrot (FRA) 08:05:58 Britta Martin (NZL) 08:56:34
2015 Luke McKenzie (AUS) 07:55:58 Sarah Piampiano (USA) 09:03:47
2016 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 07:51:26 Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) 08:54:39

Last Year’s TOP 3

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:46:23 04:10:49 02:50:38 07:51:26
2 Andy Potts USA 00:46:21 04:20:05 02:44:41 07:55:12
3 Nick Kastelein AUS 00:46:10 04:22:12 02:53:01 08:05:24

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Melissa Hauschildt AUS 00:54:29 04:48:46 03:06:39 08:54:39
2 Mareen Hufe GER 00:59:12 04:41:32 03:12:25 08:57:36
3 Sarah Piampiano USA 00:59:11 04:49:29 03:05:13 08:58:51

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 07:51:26 Terenzo Bozzone 2016-12-04
Swim overall 00:44:42 Pete Jacobs 2007-12-01
Bike overall 04:08:12 Luke McKenzie 2015-12-06
Run overall 02:43:48 Robert Thomas 2007-12-01
Total female 08:54:39 Melissa Hauschildt 2016-12-04
Swim female 00:48:25 Tereza Macel 2007-12-01
Bike female 04:41:32 Mareen Hufe 2016-12-04
Run female 02:58:17 Beth Gerdes 2014-12-07

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM Western Australia is 16:55.

Race Adjustments for IM Western Australia

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2005 11:41 -02:23 05:15 -01:59 27 11:41 -02:23 05:15 -01:59
2006 23:02 00:59 17:14 01:31 31 17:22 -00:42 11:14 -00:14
2007 29:49 00:47 16:11 04:08 47 21:31 -00:12 12:53 01:13
2008 22:19 00:12 13:52 00:02 39 21:43 -00:06 13:08 00:56
2009 19:35 01:56 18:10 -07:30 25 21:17 00:18 14:08 -00:46
2010 11:18 00:43 10:44 00:46 24 19:37 00:22 13:34 -00:30
2011 09:03 00:07 10:02 02:01 27 18:07 00:20 13:04 -00:09
2012 14:07 -00:51 09:54 01:06 26 17:37 00:11 12:40 00:01
2013 17:28 00:38 16:23 03:49 22 of 30 17:36 00:14 13:05 00:26
2014 16:11 01:16 19:46 03:25 32 of 48 17:27 00:20 13:45 00:44
2015 11:49 -02:09 15:17 03:59 15 of 22 16:57 00:07 13:53 01:02
2016 16:43 01:15 17:44 02:39 30 of 39 16:55 00:13 14:13 01:10

KPR points and Prize Money

IM Western Australia is a P-2000 race. It has a total prize purse of 50.000 US$.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 15% of a typical Kona field.

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. T2 Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 1 Terenzo Bozzone NZL 07:57:22 08:21:08 00:46:51 04:14:03 05:05:55 02:51:27 51% +33% -16% (15) 15
2 4 Tim Van Berkel AUS 08:05:46 08:22:30 00:47:59 04:24:36 05:17:35 02:48:11 79% +12% -9% (23) 18
3 3 Cameron Brown NZL 08:11:41 08:26:49 00:50:07 04:28:50 05:23:57 02:47:44 63% +9% -28% (35) 25
4 9 Dougal Allan NZL 08:14:04 08:34:01 00:56:28 04:16:04 05:17:32 02:56:32 88% +5% -7% (10) 56
5 7 Cameron Wurf AUS 08:14:31 08:32:00 00:50:08 04:10:26 05:05:33 03:08:58 45% +43% -12% (9) 46
6 12 Jens Petersen-Bach * DEN 08:14:53 08:36:24 00:49:57 04:29:46 05:24:42 02:50:11 48% +12% -40% (21) 64
7 6 Callum Millward NZL 08:15:23 08:32:38 00:49:17 04:26:22 05:20:39 02:54:44 71% +0% -29% (9) 50
8 8 Per Bittner GER 08:18:19 08:38:27 00:48:51 04:26:26 05:20:17 02:58:02 49% +6% -45% (25) 73
9 2 Pete Jacobs AUS 08:20:05 08:59:43 00:46:43 04:27:17 05:19:00 03:01:05 19% +20% -60% (29) (152)
10 21 Esben Hovgaard DEN 08:22:50 08:54:45 00:51:44 04:27:22 05:24:06 02:58:44 44% +22% -35% (13) 123
11 29 Markus Thomschke GER 08:22:53 08:41:09 00:52:13 04:23:29 05:20:42 03:02:11 42% +21% -37% (20) 79
12 14 Konstantin Bachor GER 08:24:49 08:58:28 00:50:25 04:20:07 05:15:32 03:09:17 30% +3% -67% (14) 145
13 11 Courtney Ogden AUS 08:26:26 08:50:24 00:50:28 04:30:41 05:26:08 03:00:18 45% +4% -51% (22) 108
14 5 Luke Bell AUS 08:27:24 08:46:00 00:48:26 04:26:35 05:20:02 03:07:22 23% +9% -68% (33) 92
15 22 Philipp Koutny * SUI 08:29:18 08:56:30 00:50:37 04:26:15 05:21:53 03:07:25 46% +0% -54% (7) 134
16 10 Levi Maxwell AUS 08:31:08 09:04:50 00:53:34 04:38:31 05:37:05 02:54:03 48% +52% -0% (2) (169)
17 23 Markus Liebelt * GER 08:38:51 09:20:09 00:54:50 04:28:30 05:28:20 03:10:31 23% +0% -77% (3) (215)
18 18 Guy Crawford NZL 08:39:12 09:13:15 00:49:10 04:24:30 05:18:40 03:20:32 28% +32% -40% (15) 194
19 19 Scott Defilippis USA 08:41:20 09:12:26 00:55:37 04:44:46 05:45:23 02:55:57 36% +15% -48% (25) 191
20 15 Nick Baldwin SEY 08:41:31 09:03:42 00:52:39 04:33:30 05:31:09 03:10:22 58% +0% -42% (21) 166
21 25 Carl Read NZL 08:46:36 09:23:07 00:53:42 04:45:15 05:43:57 03:02:39 50% +5% -45% (13) 225
22 20 Martijn Dekker * NED 08:49:59 09:32:11 00:48:10 04:32:38 05:25:49 03:24:10 18% +0% -82% (4) (246)
23 16 Allister Caird AUS 08:50:11 09:24:32 00:58:44 04:32:31 05:36:15 03:13:56 10% +16% -74% (7) 229
24 26 Nathan Shearer AUS 08:51:06 09:27:12 00:56:25 04:38:01 05:39:26 03:11:40 49% +51% -0% (2) (234)
25 13 Petr Vabrousek CZE 08:51:48 09:18:25 00:56:30 04:42:02 05:43:33 03:08:15 72% +1% -27% (100) 208
26 24 James Lubinski USA 08:53:57 09:19:11 01:03:00 04:42:12 05:50:13 03:03:44 54% +30% -17% (21) 211
27 27 Leigh Stabryla AUS 08:57:58 09:25:19 00:49:25 05:02:50 05:57:14 03:00:44 55% +0% -45% (4) (230)
28 30 Lindsey Wall AUS 09:12:26 09:44:40 00:48:10 04:49:28 05:42:39 03:29:47 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (271)
29 28 Josef Svoboda * CZE 10:59:52 11:50:07 01:13:15 05:36:51 06:55:06 04:04:46 34% +23% -43% (19) 311
  17 Damien Collins AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Note: Athletes with a ‘*’ are also registered for another race within 8 days.

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 16% of a typical Kona field.

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. T2 Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 37 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 08:57:09 09:14:52 00:57:34 04:45:03 05:47:37 03:09:32 83% +0% -17% (33) 7
2 35 Melissa Hauschildt AUS 08:57:22 09:17:18 00:55:33 04:50:13 05:50:47 03:06:35 73% +8% -19% (6) 10
3 38 Carrie Lester AUS 08:57:56 09:16:27 00:54:20 04:49:38 05:48:58 03:08:58 63% +18% -19% (23) 8
4 36 Mareen Hufe GER 09:04:12 09:26:10 00:59:27 04:45:46 05:50:13 03:13:59 84% +10% -6% (26) 30
5 41 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 09:19:14 09:39:24 00:59:30 04:57:30 06:02:01 03:17:13 78% +10% -12% (14) 47
6 47 Camilla Lindholm Borg SWE 09:24:11 09:48:53 01:06:24 04:57:53 06:09:17 03:14:54 74% +10% -16% (19) 65
7 46 Carolin Lehrieder GER 09:29:14 10:20:29 00:55:18 05:05:50 06:06:08 03:23:06 20% +7% -73% (11) (120)
8 43 Michelle Gailey AUS 09:32:30 09:52:56 00:55:38 05:11:18 06:11:56 03:20:34 84% +0% -16% (11) 69
9 48 Jessica Mitchell AUS 09:39:26 10:13:24 01:03:32 05:06:06 06:14:39 03:24:47 38% +62% -0% (4) 114
10 39 Kate Bevilaqua AUS 09:43:03 10:10:11 00:56:20 05:08:28 06:09:48 03:33:15 35% +4% -61% (30) 104
11 42 Anna Eberhardt HUN 09:44:02 10:26:05 01:07:41 05:04:12 06:16:53 03:27:09 17% +30% -53% (3) (128)
12 49 Tracy Morrison AUS 10:06:30 10:39:21 01:01:04 05:27:29 06:33:34 03:32:56 68% +0% -32% (4) 149
13 45 Monica Juhart AUS 11:23:40 12:03:33 00:54:53 05:24:06 06:23:59 04:59:41 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (163)
  40 Claire Davis AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
  44 Meredith Hill AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
  50 Kierra Sansome AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
  51 Alise Selsmark AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
  52 Els Visser NED n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • Terenzo Bozzone: 50% (1-1)
  • Tim Van Berkel: 32% (2-1)
  • Jens Petersen-Bach: 6% (16-1)
  • Cameron Brown: 6% (17-1)
  • Cameron Wurf: 3% (31-1)
  • Dougal Allan: 2% (60-1)

Female Race Participants

  • Yvonne Van Vlerken: 35% (2-1)
  • Melissa Hauschildt: 33% (2-1)
  • Carrie Lester: 26% (3-1)
  • Mareen Hufe: 6% (15-1)
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