IM South Africa 2014 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This was the first year that South Africa had a new bike course. The adjustment for the bike was a slow -12:49. As the conditions on the swim seemed pretty normal (-1:37, pretty much in line with a swim rating of -3:02), it can’t only be caused by strong winds but is probably a consequence of the harder, hillier bike course. Also, the run was only a little bit slower than normal.

Male Race Results

After a long injury break, Nils Frommhold had his comeback races late in 2013, ending in a 5th place in the shortened IM Cozumel. He must have done some great session since then – he posted the fastest times in all three legs and won his second IM race by more than six minutes. The surprise second was Kyle Buckingham in his first professional IM, winning a duel late in the run with Faris Al-Sultan.

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Bas Diederen came off the bike with Faris and was running steadily in 4th, but couldn’t bridge back up. Defending champion Ronnie Schildknecht was kicked in the stomach during the swim, and had to retire after the bike.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Nils Frommhold GER 00:48:17 04:37:12 02:55:59 08:26:07 -10:35
2 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:49:53 04:41:03 02:57:33 08:32:39 n/a
3 Faris Al-Sultan GER 00:48:27 04:43:34 02:56:59 08:33:19 -02:01
4 Bas Diederen NED 00:48:33 04:43:28 03:00:42 08:37:25 -10:30
5 Matt Trautman ZAF 00:49:43 04:54:17 03:00:04 08:48:25 n/a
6 Darby Thomas FIN 00:59:54 04:51:22 02:58:42 08:55:21 -27:02
7 Marek Jaskolka POL 00:49:50 05:05:58 02:59:56 09:00:15 -08:58
8 Miquel Blanchart ESP 00:49:54 05:10:40 02:59:32 09:04:09 15:43
9 Michael Davidson ZAF 00:58:01 05:07:40 03:03:07 09:13:42 -06:04
10 Karol Dzalaj SVK 00:56:02 04:57:18 03:23:06 09:21:53 03:10
11 Rafael Wyss SUI 01:00:02 05:02:31 03:14:26 09:22:08 00:11
12 Craig Twigg GBR 00:55:09 04:56:16 03:34:39 09:31:00 -17:28
13 James Cunnama ZAF 00:50:45 05:16:03 03:26:34 09:37:42 52:24
14 Bradley Venter ZAF 00:55:56 05:22:06 03:26:58 09:49:44 n/a
15 Gerhard De Bruin ZAF 00:57:47 05:19:29 03:35:41 09:57:46 n/a
16 Luca De Paolis ITA 01:00:15 05:20:07 03:40:02 10:07:56 08:24
17 Georg Potrebitsch GER 00:49:51 05:29:48 04:04:29 10:35:52 1:35:23
18 Martin Cain GBR 01:01:50 05:42:49 03:48:25 10:42:43 42:59
19 Marek Nemcik SVK 01:16:48 06:27:14 04:31:09 12:25:14 13:40
20 Pedro Gomes POR 00:49:49 05:02:38 DNF
21 Ronnie Schildknecht SUI 00:53:47 04:47:54 DNF
22 Anton Blokhin UKR 00:52:50 DNF
23 Bertrand Billard FRA 00:50:06 04:52:43 DNF
24 Kent Horner ZAF 00:50:08 DNF
25 Edo Van der Meer NED 00:48:31 DNF

Female Race Results

Once more, the women’s race was very exciting. As usual, Jodie Swallow stormed ahead on the swim and the bike, and started the run almost 10 minutes in front. Michelle Vesterby seemed to be in a good position, but also had to retire having sustained bruise ribs on the swim. Lucy Gossage took 2nd place and was slowly eating into Jodie’s lead. However, it was Simone Brändli who overtook both of them and won the race. Lucy managed to distance Jodie by 52 seconds, and the first three were within a little bit over two minutes. Jodie left it all on the course:

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Defending champion Jessie Donavan was back by more than 20 minutes after the swim, then posted the fastest bike split but couldn’t make up any more ground on the run and finished in fourth place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Simone Braendli SUI 00:51:00 05:26:55 03:09:08 09:31:54 -20:25
2 Lucy Gossage GBR 00:59:50 05:18:47 03:09:55 09:33:07 -06:54
3 Jodie Swallow GBR 00:48:34 05:21:19 03:19:40 09:33:59 -02:17
4 Jessie Donavan USA 01:09:16 05:17:08 03:18:13 09:49:44 02:19
5 Astrid Ganzow GER 01:01:11 05:24:33 03:30:05 10:00:55 n/a
6 Katja Konschak GER 00:54:36 05:41:30 03:32:45 10:15:12 00:52
7 Karina Ottosen DEN 01:00:01 06:00:21 03:42:58 10:48:39 35:09
8 Claire Horner ZAF 01:01:43 05:57:54 03:54:29 11:02:12 00:52
9 Caroline Koll ZAF 01:02:03 06:24:46 03:52:05 11:25:14 10:18
10 Linda Scattolin ITA 01:09:31 06:06:27 04:16:05 11:38:13 n/a
11 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:54:28 05:23:13 DNF
12 Monique Grossrieder SUI 01:09:07 DNF
13 Lucie Reed CZE 00:49:53 05:53:53 DNF
14 Natascha Badmann SUI 01:08:06 05:31:13 DNF
15 Erika Csomor HUN 01:02:41 05:39:15 DNF
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