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Last changes:

  • March 21st – Updated Entry Lists for IM Texas and IM Australia
  • March 17th – Added Seedings for IM South Africa
  • March 10th – Updated Entry List for IM Texas
  • March 10th – Added Entry List for IM Australia
  • March 4th – Added Results for IM New Zealand
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Ironman South Africa 2017 (April 2nd) – Seedings

IMSA_LogoWith Ironman South Africa, the first Regional Championship of 2017 is coming up, offering direct Kona slots for the winners. The resulting fields are very strong, both defending Champions Kaisa Lehtonen and Ben Hoffman are back. On the male side we have the three last winners (Nils Frommhold, Frederik Van Lierde and Ben Hoffmann), on the female side we have Kona winner Daniela Ryf and three of the five Regional Champions from last year (Kaisa Lehtonen, Julia Gajer who won IM Texas and Jodie Cunnama who won IM Cairns).

Update March 17th: Mareen Hufe (planning to race IM Brasil) and Laura Siddall won’t be racing.

Update March 20th: Alessandro Degasperi has announced on his blog he’ll focus on IM Lanzarote.

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2006 Gerrit Schellens (BEL) 08:36:06 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:46:38
2007 Gerrit Schellens (BEL) 08:33:05 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:22:01
2008 Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 08:18:23 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 09:27:48
2009 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 08:17:32 Lucie Reed (CZE) 09:16:32
2010 Raynard Tissink (ZAF) 08:23:28 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 09:16:55
2011 Raynard Tissink (ZAF) 08:05:36 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 08:33:56
2012 Clemente Alonso McKernan (ESP) 08:34:45 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:47:10
2013 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 08:11:24 Jessie Donavan (USA) 09:10:58
2014 Nils Frommhold (GER) 08:26:07 Simone Braendli (SUI) 09:31:54
2015 Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 08:16:35 Jodie Cunnama (GBR) 09:26:56
2016 Ben Hoffman (USA) 08:12:37 Kaisa Lehtonen (FIN) 09:06:50

Last Year’s TOP 3

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Ben Hoffman USA 00:52:58 04:29:36 02:45:50 08:12:37
2 Tim Van Berkel AUS 00:50:00 04:32:33 02:48:15 08:14:51
3 Marko Albert EST 00:49:37 04:30:53 02:54:19 08:18:52

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Kaisa Lehtonen FIN 00:58:21 04:59:41 03:02:34 09:06:50
2 Susie Cheetham GBR 00:58:21 05:04:26 03:02:43 09:09:49
3 Lucy Gossage GBR 01:03:20 04:56:10 03:07:36 09:11:43

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 08:05:36 Raynard Tissink 2011-04-10
Swim overall 00:45:22 Anton Storm 2009-04-05
Bike overall 04:19:41 Raynard Tissink 2011-04-10
Run overall 02:45:48 Gerrit Schellens 2007-03-18
Total female 08:33:56 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10
Swim female 00:47:40 Lucie Reed 2009-04-05
Bike female 04:45:23 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10
Run female 02:52:54 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM South Africa is 02:59.

Race Adjustments for IM South Africa

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2006 01:35 -04:53 -01:53 -00:21 28 01:35 -04:53 -01:53 -00:21
2007 01:16 -08:52 03:31 00:49 33 01:26 -06:52 00:49 00:14
2008 15:32 01:13 11:14 04:15 36 06:08 -04:11 04:18 01:34
2009 17:18 02:09 10:45 -01:03 28 08:55 -02:36 05:54 00:55
2010 09:39 -00:15 08:15 01:15 34 09:04 -02:08 06:23 00:59
2011 15:31 00:13 14:40 01:56 36 10:08 -01:44 07:45 01:08
2012 -11:59 -08:35 -08:23 01:54 28 06:59 -02:43 05:27 01:15
2013 06:23 -01:17 11:20 03:07 36 of 44 06:54 -02:32 06:11 01:29
2014 -12:13 -01:05 -08:46 -02:56 29 of 40 04:47 -02:22 04:32 00:59
2015 -13:45 -00:47 -10:09 -00:57 49 of 61 02:56 -02:13 03:04 00:48
2016 03:32 -02:43 09:06 01:34 42 of 53 02:59 -02:16 03:37 00:52

KPR points and Prize Money

IM South Africa is a P-4000 race. It has a total prize purse of 150.000 US$.

Estimated Time Plan

The following table shows the time plan for the race start and the estimated times for the first athlete to end each leg or finish the race. The estimates are based on the start time and my time estimates, these times can change based on how fast or slow the race ends up:

What Racetime Local Time
Male Pro Start 06:30
Female Pro Start 06:35
Age Group Start 06:45
First Male Out of Water 00:50 07:20
First Female Out of Water 00:51 07:26
First Male End of Bike 05:21 11:51
First Female End of Bike 05:49 12:24
Male Winner 08:13 14:43
Female Winner 08:49 15:24

Port Elizabeth is on South Africa Standard Time, 2 hours ahead of UTC. Here are the conversions to a few other time zones:

  • +8 hours: Melbourne (AEST, DST ends on April 2nd)
  • -1 hour: United Kingdom (BST), race starts at 5:30
  • no change: Central Europe (CEST), race starts at 5:30
  • – 5 hours: US East Coast (EDT), race starts at 12:30am
  • – 8 hours: US West Coast (PDT), race starts at 9:30pm on Saturday

Male Race Participants

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 2 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 08:13:03 08:19:35 00:50:04 04:26:50 02:51:08 80% +9% -11% (22) 8
2 3 Nils Frommhold GER 08:15:45 08:19:07 00:49:53 04:26:42 02:54:10 83% +0% -17% (8) 6
3 1 Ben Hoffman USA 08:16:55 08:25:18 00:51:18 04:31:09 02:49:27 34% +50% -16% (18) 19
4 4 Boris Stein GER 08:20:51 08:24:41 00:54:49 04:29:07 02:51:54 65% +35% -0% (7) 15
5 8 Eneko Llanos ESP 08:23:55 08:25:37 00:50:21 04:29:04 02:59:30 90% +0% -10% (28) 21
6 10 David McNamee GBR 08:25:27 08:25:11 00:49:49 04:41:24 02:49:14 100% +0% -0% (5) 18
7 34 Joe Skipper GBR 08:27:12 08:34:59 00:56:35 04:34:05 02:51:32 32% +29% -40% (14) 48
8 28 Giulio Molinari ITA 08:29:44 08:42:52 00:51:47 04:30:32 03:02:25 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (77)
9 7 James Cunnama ZAF 08:29:55 08:34:05 00:51:37 04:36:20 02:56:57 57% +10% -33% (23) 38
10 5 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 08:30:31 08:35:14 00:53:18 04:42:44 02:49:28 73% +0% -27% (9) 50
11 6 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 08:31:17 08:43:10 00:50:53 04:33:35 03:01:50 62% +0% -38% (11) 78
12 13 Johann Ackermann GER 08:31:19 08:39:43 00:49:58 04:32:09 03:04:12 55% +0% -45% (8) 66
13 25 Christian Kramer GER 08:32:29 08:35:41 00:49:35 04:37:04 03:00:49 77% +7% -16% (19) 54
14 11 Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 08:33:30 08:34:21 00:53:04 04:43:40 02:51:45 63% +0% -37% (17) 42
15 9 Victor Del Corral ESP 08:34:55 08:39:39 00:57:59 04:41:12 02:50:44 51% +0% -49% (15) 65
16 24 Markus Fachbach GER 08:34:58 08:35:48 00:52:40 04:38:06 02:59:12 69% +1% -31% (20) 55
17 38 Jan Van Berkel SUI 08:36:22 08:47:47 00:51:53 04:37:15 03:02:14 56% +9% -35% (13) 92
18 40 Andrej Vistica CRO 08:36:24 08:40:28 00:55:30 04:39:12 02:56:43 83% +0% -17% (12) 71
19 31 Michael Ruenz GER 08:44:23 08:51:13 00:57:17 04:47:07 02:54:59 71% +0% -29% (9) 101
20 29 Ivan Risti ITA 08:46:21 09:04:06 00:50:42 04:46:30 03:04:09 39% +17% -44% (8) 154
21 23 Mario De Elias ARG 08:46:33 09:02:17 00:53:33 04:50:57 02:57:04 2% +54% -43% (7) 146
22 35 Erik-Simon Strijk NED 08:46:38 08:53:05 00:55:36 04:44:50 03:01:11 97% +3% -0% (8) 109
23 30 Roman Deisenhofer GER 08:48:15 08:57:56 00:55:06 04:40:25 03:07:43 32% +68% -0% (6) 126
24 12 Harry Wiltshire GBR 08:48:27 08:51:26 00:49:49 04:48:46 03:04:51 39% +26% -35% (18) 102
25 39 Diego Van Looy BEL 08:50:59 08:54:00 01:08:19 04:46:08 02:51:32 100% +0% -0% (3) 113
26 73 Cameron Wurf AUS 08:58:50 09:15:20 00:52:20 04:21:11 03:40:20 44% +56% -0% (2) (183)
27 21 Balazs Csoke HUN 08:58:59 09:03:32 00:50:01 04:52:33 03:11:26 47% +12% -41% (26) 152
28 26 Freddy Lampret ZAF 09:00:06 09:36:19 00:54:42 04:47:12 03:13:13 1% +30% -69% (9) (237)
29 37 Petr Vabrousek CZE 09:01:44 09:14:30 00:58:43 04:51:43 03:06:18 69% +1% -29% (96) 179
30 20 Greg Close USA 09:08:51 09:22:01 01:01:17 04:57:05 03:05:29 63% +0% -37% (7) (199)
31 22 Gerhard De Bruin ZAF 09:22:53 09:38:37 00:56:48 04:57:32 03:23:33 65% +35% -0% (5) 241
32 18 Bekim Christensen DEN 09:24:39 09:39:12 01:07:39 04:56:41 03:15:19 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (243)
33 15 Carlos Aznar Gallego ESP 09:27:03 09:41:39 01:06:27 05:06:47 03:08:48 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (246)
34 19 Emanuele Ciotti ITA 09:31:03 09:35:39 00:55:03 04:56:38 03:34:22 60% +0% -40% (5) 235
35 41 Valentin Zasypkin RUS 10:35:03 11:02:05 01:15:31 05:26:12 03:48:20 13% +23% -64% (5) (295)
36 33 Drew Scott USA 11:17:09 11:41:33 00:52:08 04:43:27 05:36:33 45% +0% -55% (2) (297)
14 Josh Amberger AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)
16 Fredrik Baeckson SWE n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
17 Vinicius Canhedo BRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
32 Evert Scheltinga NED n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated 0% +0% -100% (2) (n/a)
36 Toumy Degham FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)

Female Race Participants

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 43 Daniela Ryf SUI 08:49:25 08:41:40 00:53:37 04:50:15 03:00:33 85% +0% -15% (9) 1
2 42 Kaisa Lehtonen FIN 09:10:40 09:12:57 00:58:02 05:05:14 03:02:23 100% +0% -0% (3) 4
3 44 Jodie Cunnama GBR 09:11:43 09:19:34 00:50:53 04:58:51 03:16:59 52% +0% -48% (12) 11
4 45 Susie Cheetham GBR 09:11:52 09:21:32 00:57:29 05:08:02 03:01:21 69% +0% -31% (5) 14
5 46 Julia Gajer GER 09:17:04 09:21:58 00:55:35 05:08:38 03:07:51 60% +0% -40% (12) (15)
6 47 Astrid Stienen GER 09:23:18 09:27:23 01:01:27 05:02:42 03:14:09 35% +28% -36% (10) 21
7 53 Laura Siddall GBR 09:23:29 09:32:32 01:00:04 05:02:08 03:16:16 63% +30% -7% (10) 33
8 48 Mareen Hufe GER 09:29:17 09:30:03 01:03:33 05:02:02 03:18:42 76% +15% -8% (23) 28
9 68 Danielle Mack USA 09:37:51 09:44:37 01:04:43 05:19:19 03:08:48 52% +20% -28% (8) 54
10 52 Kristin Moeller GER 09:40:14 09:42:40 01:06:39 05:25:55 03:02:41 80% +8% -12% (21) 51
11 49 Annah Watkinson ZAF 09:40:46 09:44:35 01:01:09 05:15:17 03:19:19 100% +0% -0% (3) 53
12 64 Kirsty Jahn CAN 09:41:16 09:56:15 01:01:49 05:24:18 03:10:09 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (72)
13 65 Katja Konschak GER 09:42:18 09:51:07 00:56:14 05:25:21 03:15:42 42% +28% -30% (18) 63
14 74 Ariane Monticeli BRA 09:42:58 09:44:58 01:04:36 05:20:56 03:12:26 52% +18% -29% (16) 56
15 69 Rachel McBride CAN 09:42:59 09:58:00 00:59:09 05:07:10 03:31:40 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (76)
16 72 Alexandra Tondeur BEL 09:43:30 09:41:27 01:03:59 05:20:50 03:13:41 100% +0% -0% (3) 47
17 60 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 09:43:48 09:42:24 01:02:54 05:16:16 03:19:38 83% +17% -0% (11) 50
18 71 Natascha Schmitt GER 09:43:53 09:57:04 00:57:09 05:12:21 03:29:23 44% +31% -25% (7) 73
19 50 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 09:44:05 09:50:13 01:04:31 05:21:33 03:13:00 34% +39% -27% (7) 61
20 59 Camille Deligny FRA 09:46:42 09:56:35 01:05:10 05:05:06 03:31:26 100% +0% -0% (2) (72)
21 66 Carolin Lehrieder GER 09:47:19 10:02:14 00:58:10 05:19:25 03:24:44 38% +14% -49% (8) 82
22 56 Jeanne Collonge FRA 09:47:39 09:54:01 01:01:46 05:11:44 03:29:09 50% +5% -45% (10) 68
23 51 Katharina Grohmann GER 09:52:11 10:03:14 01:14:04 05:16:31 03:16:36 100% +0% -0% (14) 84
24 54 Nikki Bartlett GBR 09:54:00 10:09:18 01:06:16 05:17:38 03:25:05 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (95)
25 67 Diane Luethi SUI 09:56:21 10:08:18 00:57:56 05:22:37 03:30:48 100% +0% -0% (2) (94)
26 57 Kate Comber GBR 09:57:34 10:00:50 00:56:51 05:25:21 03:30:23 100% +0% -0% (3) 78
27 61 Jenny Fletcher CAN 09:59:20 10:14:47 00:59:15 05:22:14 03:32:51 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (104)
28 70 Lina-Kristin Schink GER 10:09:34 10:16:48 01:15:23 05:20:25 03:28:46 83% +0% -17% (7) 107
29 55 Rahel Bellinga NED 10:12:34 10:32:18 01:08:48 05:13:20 03:45:27 71% +21% -8% (7) 134
30 63 Helena Herrero Gomez ESP 10:15:44 10:27:56 01:02:51 05:44:14 03:23:39 50% +0% -50% (7) 125
58 Steph Corker CAN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
62 Manon Genet FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

The male race has two favorites – the winners from the last two years. Frederik Van Lierde had a fantastic race in Port Elizabeth in 2015, but Ben might have the momentum after a great 2016 season. Nils Frommhold is the 2014 winner, he’s looking for a good result after a frustrating 2016 season cut short by another stress fracture. Boris Stein needs just a finish for a Kona slot, but as last year he’ll be racing aggressively to test for any weaknesses to work on over the summer.

  • Frederik Van Lierde: 33% (2-1)
  • Ben Hoffman: 32% (2-1)
  • Nils Frommhold: 21% (4-1)
  • Boris Stein: 9% (10-1)

There is a number of other strong contenders not shown in the above list, for example I expect Eneko Llanos, Joe Skipper and David McNamee to contend for a podium spot.

Female Race Participants

There can’t be any discussion that two-time Kona champion Daniela Ryf has to be the favorite, even if the race is early in her season. Jodie Cunnama is likely to be leading after the swim, it’ll be interesting to see if she tries to go with Daniela on the bike, trying to reclaim her 2015 title that she lost after crashing under dubious circumstances last year. Kaisa Lehtonen has proven in Kona that her win at IM South Africa in 2016 wasn’t a “fluke result”, I’m looking forward to see her race after deciding to be coached by Siri Lindley last fall.

  • Daniela Ryf: 69% (1-1)
  • Kaisa Lehtonen: 15% (6-1)
  • Jodie Cunnama: 7% (14-1)

Susie Cheetham (3rd in 2015, 2nd in 2016, so what’s in store for 2017?) should be in the mix for at least a podium spot, and I expect a number of German athletes such as Julia Gajer, Astrid Stienen or Mareen Hufe (more likely to racing IM Brasil) to have some good early season form as well. Laura Siddall has already raced two IM-distance races in New Zealand, I’d be surprised to see her on the start line, but watch out for her if she is! (Laura has withdrawn from racing IM South Africa.)

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Ironman Australia 2017 (May 7th) – Entry List

At this point, the list is not final yet: Pro athletes have until April 16th to register for the race.

Last Updated: March 21st

  • March 21st: Added Michelle Gailey, Jessica Richards, Laura Siddall, Karen Thibodeau, David Dellow, Clayton Fettell, and Michael Fox

Male Race Participants

Name Nation KPR points KPR races
Nick Baldwin SEY 1790 2+2 (405/15)
Michael Fox AUS 725 1+1
Levi Maxwell AUS 625 2+1
David Dellow AUS 520 1+1
Clayton Fettell AUS 490 1+2 (170/140)
Paul Ambrose AUS 320 0+2 (0/140)
Carl Read NZL 105 2+0

Female Race Participants

Name Nation KPR points KPR races
Laura Siddall GBR 4360 2+2 (1280/640)
Linsey Corbin USA 2415 1+2 (1900/100)
Karen Thibodeau CAN 80 0+1
Michelle Gailey AUS
Lauren Parker AUS
Jessica Richards AUS
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Ironman New Zealand 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This year was probably one of the slowest conditions for Taupo: An adjustment of -4:08 indicates a ten minute difference to last years record breaking conditions. Consequently, times were quite a bit slower across the board, for example the fastest bike splits were 15 minutes slower than last year. It’s no surprise that these conditions did not allow any new course records!

Male Race Results

For a long time it looked as if Terenzo Bozzone was repeating his sub-8 Western Australia performance, quickly building a lead on the bike. But towards T2 he ran out of steam and Braden Currie – second at CoastToCoast just three weeks ago –  started the run just two minutes behind him. Terenzo’s 3:03 marathon saw him fall back to 6th place in the end, while Braden had the best marathon of the chasers and won the race with a comfortable margin.

Cam Brown was 9th into T2 about 11 minutes behind the lead – pretty much the end of his hopes of defending his Taupo title. Nonetheless he gave it his best on the run, posting the fastest run split of the day (and his best marathon time in Taupo!) with a 2:42, running all the way into second place. Third place went to Cyril Viennot, the second best marathon (just 1:10 slower than Cam) allowed him to run through the field as well.

2014 winner Marko Albert was near the front for most of the day, but even though he ran what is for him a good 2:56 marathon, he couldn’t match the faster runners and eventually fell back to fourth place. Mark Bowstead was solid across the board and finished fifth.

Pre-race favorite Marino Vanhoenacker didn’t have a good day: Usually one of the strongest bike riders, he could barely stay with the group he was riding with after the swim and was disappointed to end his race after the first loop of the bike.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Braden Currie NZL 00:48:11 04:39:55 02:48:23 08:20:58 -28:54 US$ 15,000
2 Cameron Brown NZL 00:53:17 04:43:46 02:42:29 08:24:32 -08:10 US$ 7,500
3 Cyril Viennot FRA 00:53:23 04:42:28 02:43:39 08:25:43 -08:24 US$ 5,000
4 Marko Albert EST 00:48:01 04:41:47 02:56:03 08:30:16 -05:46 US$ 3,250
5 Mark Bowstead NZL 00:51:07 04:40:36 02:54:24 08:31:01 -08:17 US$ 2,750
6 Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:48:08 04:37:45 03:03:07 08:33:35 06:41 US$ 2,000
7 Per Bittner GER 00:53:22 04:43:50 03:02:08 08:44:13 00:31 US$ 1,500
8 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:53:10 04:48:49 03:01:36 08:48:10 -10:27 US$ 1,250
9 Diego Van Looy BEL 01:07:48 04:47:44 02:50:50 08:52:05 -01:08 US$ 1,000
10 Clayton Fettell AUS 00:48:03 04:46:47 03:15:23 08:54:47 11:59 US$ 750
11 Philipp Koutny SUI 00:53:22 04:51:01 03:15:10 09:04:57 21:48
12 Carl Read NZL 00:57:02 05:02:57 03:01:06 09:07:01 01:42
13 Young Hwan Oh KOR 01:08:13 05:10:11 03:08:08 09:33:04 02:07
14 Bryan Rhodes NZL 00:48:38 05:23:35 03:28:41 09:45:50 31:27
Todd Skipworth AUS 00:48:37 04:45:57 DNF
Allister Caird AUS 01:00:03 04:52:56 DNF
Graham O’Grady NZL 00:48:07 05:24:34 DNF
Samuel Murphy AUS 01:00:21 05:24:28 DNF
Marino Vanhoenacker BEL 00:53:15 DNF
Cedric Lassonde FRA 00:55:27 DNF
Cameron Paul NZL 00:56:14 DNF
Guillaume Jeannin FRA 00:56:19 DNF
Scott Defilippis USA 00:59:32 DNF

Female Race Results

As usual, Meredith Kessler was leading the race after the swim, but Annabel Luxford was just two seconds behind. Meredith couldn’t shake Annabel on the bike either. Behind them, a chase group consisting of Yvonne Van Vlerken, Laura Siddall and Jocelyn McCauley was initially about six minutes behind the leaders, but they slowly closed the gap, and all five entered T2 within seconds.

Meredith again tried to take control of the race early in the run, but never managed to built a lead of more than 30 seconds to her chasers. Around the half-marathon mark Jocelyn went to the front and quickly built a lead of more than five minutes. In the end Jocelyn had the fastest marathon of the day, her 2:59:40 is the first female sub-3 marathon of the year and only 30 seconds off the 2004 course record by Jess Draskau-Petersson.

Behind Jocelyn Laura had the best-paced marathon, when the others started to struggle she was able to continue to run well and move up into second place. On what was probably a sub-par day for her, Meredith continued to fight hard, earning the last spot on the podium.  Annabel continues to work on her IM marathon, after being close to the lead for most of the day her 3:32 run meant she finished in fourth place. Yvonne Van Vlerken had problems with her nutrition and was stung by a bee, she ended her day at the half marathon mark. Emma Bilham and Alysssa Godesky – both backing up after Challenge Wanaka – finished in fifth and sixth.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Jocelyn McCauley USA 00:59:14 05:05:24 02:59:40 09:09:47 -35:42 US$ 15,000
2 Laura Siddall GBR 00:59:16 05:05:00 03:12:47 09:21:53 -12:01 US$ 7,500
3 Meredith Kessler USA 00:53:23 05:10:54 03:18:11 09:27:19 10:12 US$ 5,000
4 Annabel Luxford AUS 00:53:25 05:11:01 03:32:23 09:41:48 11:48 US$ 3,250
5 Emma Bilham SUI 00:59:15 05:37:26 03:10:35 09:52:33 18:29 US$ 2,750
6 Alyssa Godesky USA 01:07:34 05:30:41 03:19:36 10:03:58 -05:14 US$ 2,000
7 Fawn Whiting CAN 01:10:13 05:33:51 03:19:39 10:09:19 n/a US$ 1,500
8 Wendy McAlpine AUS 01:05:35 05:25:11 03:40:13 10:17:54 07:45 US$ 1,250
9 Jessica Mitchell AUS 01:09:09 05:33:58 03:35:19 10:25:15 -17:57 US$ 1,000
10 Mackenzie Madison USA 01:09:19 05:30:59 03:39:55 10:27:08 33:38 US$ 750
11 Erin Furness NZL 01:09:08 05:44:47 03:37:18 10:37:06 11:38
12 Tracy Morrison AUS 01:08:54 06:07:42 03:48:32 11:11:42 44:47
13 Yvette Grice GBR 01:01:38 05:52:55 04:37:45 11:40:05 1:10:44
Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 00:59:24 05:05:24 DNF
Carrie Lester AUS 00:58:46 DNF
Vanessa Murray NZL 00:59:20 DNF
Tamsyn Hayes NZL 01:09:05 DNF

Kona Qualifying Implications

On the male side, none of the top finishers have been able to secure Kona slots, here are those that are now close but still short of the projected cutoff of 3.500 points:

  • Braden Currie 2.750
  • Marko Albert 2.580
  • Cyril Viennot 2.420

Terenzo Bozzone was already safe before Taupo, with 6.225 he’s the top athlete who has already validated his slot with a non-Kona finish.

On the female side, the top finishers are just around the projected cutoff of 4.300 points:

  • Laura Siddall 4.360
  • Meredith Kessler 4.265
  • Jocelyn McCauley 4.000
  • Annabel Luxford 3.480

All of them will likely need a few more points, but except for Jocelyn that would probably mean they have to do another IM race to qualify .. or hope until the final races that not too many other will overtake them. Tough decisions ahead!

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Race Posts – Explaining the Types and Data

TriRating’s main feature is data about Ironman-distance races and my analysis of these results. This post describes the different types of race posts and the data in them.

Entry List

This is usually my first post about a specific race. A couple of weeks out there is information about which Professionals have registered for a race. At this point, the list is not final yet – there are still some more athletes that can register, and some athletes that registered may withdraw before race day.

Here’s a sample screenshot:

EntryList

The list shows the Pros that have entered a race, ordered by their bib number (when already available), their KPR points (if it’s an Ironman® race) or their last name.

The following details are shown:

  • Name: The full name of the athletes (first name and last name )
  • Nation: The nationality of the athlete (sometimes different from the official lists that often show where the athletes is currently residing)
  • KPR points: The total Kona Qualifying points the athlete has accumulated at the time I publish the entry list
  • KPR races: The number of Ironman and 70.3 races that the athlete’s KPR points are coming from. For example, “3+1” for Harry Wiltshire means that he already has three Ironman races and one 70.3 race in his total. (Remember that only up to four races – up to three IMs and up to two 70.3s – can contribute to an athlete’s total.) The points in brackets show the lowest scoring race from each category, so “(235/500)” for Harry mean that his worst IM score is 235 points, and his worst 70.3 score is 500 points – these are scores that could get bumped from the total when he tries to add another race to his total.
Depending on the information available, the Entry List may also show
  • Bib number
  • Age of the athlete on race day
I won’t be publishing entry lists for all races, as not all races make this information available in a timely fashion. Ironman is usually posting Entry Lists roughly four weeks out from a race.

Seedings

After a race has been closed for entry by Professionals, a start list is posted by the race organizer, typically two weeks before a race. Late entries are possible but pretty rare, late withdrawals are much more common. Also, athletes often register for a number of races within a short time, giving them a back-up race in case something happens in the first race they target.

Here’s a sample seeding (from the female race at IM New Zealand 2017):

Seeding

This list shows many more details than an entry list:

  • Rank: The expected place of this athlete based on everyone’s previous results (and every athlete on the start list starting and finishing the race) and their corresponding expected time (see below).
  • Bib: The bib number as assigned by the race (if the information in available)
  • Name: The full name of the athlete (first name and last name)
  • Nation: The nationality of the athlete (sometimes different from the official lists that often show where the athletes is currently residing)
  • Expected Time: The time I expect an athlete to finish on the course of the race, based on the athlete’s previous results and how fast or how slow the course is, also favoring results from the course.
    The background color shows who are the fastest athletes (dark red – expected time within 12 minutes of the projected winner) and who are close (lighter red – expected time within 25 minutes).
  • Rating: The weighted average of an athlete’s previous performances. This is more stable than the expected time (i.e. older results are not discounted quite as much) and course-neutral. For example, Yvonne Van Vlerken has a better rating than Meredith Kessler, but as Meredith has performed extremely well in Taupo, her expected time is the fastest.
  • Expected Swim, Bike and Run: Similar to the Expected Time, but broken down for each of the legs and the athlete’s strengths and weaknesses. Again, the background color is used to show the expected fastest athletes in each of the legs.
  • Consistency: The consistency shows how often an athlete has performed to the expected times. The first number (e.g. “60%” for Meredith) indicates how often the athlete was close to the expected time (roughly within 20 minutes), the second number (“+10%”) how often she was faster and the third number (“-30%”) how often she had a sub-par race (including DNFs). The last number, shown in brackets (“(26)”) shows the total number of IM-distance races an athlete has started. You can find a longer discussion of the consistency in this post.
  • Overall: The place the athlete has in the overall rankings. Numbers shown in brackets (e.g. “(52)” for Emma Bilham) indicate where an athlete would be ranked, but that he/she does not currently have a valid rating (requiring one finish within the last year and at least three finishes).

Result Analysis

Once the race has been completed, I publish the results with my analysis of how the athlete performed, usually within a day or two after the race has been held.

Here’s an example from the female race at Challenge Wanaka 2017:

Results

The following details are listed:

  • Rank: The position the athlete finished in the professional race.
  • Name: The full name of the athlete, depending on how the athlete has performed relative to the expected time and the conditions on race, the name is shown in red (more than 3 minutes slower), in green (more than three minutes faster) or black (within three minutes of the expected time).
  • Nation: The nationality of the athlete
  • Swim, Bike and Run: The times for the swim, bike and run legs, again colored according to how well the athlete performed on race day. The background color is used to indicate who had the fastest time in each leg (dark green) and who was close (lighter green).
  • Time: The “clock time” of an athlete’s finish at this race. A “DNF” indicates that the athlete didn’t finish the race, the splits are given as far as the athlete has completed the race.
  • Diff to expected: The difference of the total time of an athlete compared to the expected time (based on the conditions on race day).
  • Prize Money: The prize money the athlete has earned for his finish in the race.
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