Ironman Australia 2016 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

Conditions in Port Macquarie were decent for some fast times: A typically fast swim (adjustment of 2:20), cloudy and not too much wind on the bike (adjustment of 2:40, a bit faster than normal) developed into rainy conditions on the run – not too many people dealing with the heat this year! Even if we saw a number of fast runs today, the run adjustment of 1:24 was a bit slower than what we’ve seen in previous years. The overall adjustment of 3:32 was in line with PortMac’s course rating of 4:27.

Dougal Allen posted a new bike course record – his 4:27:51 improved Paul Ambrose’s 4:31 from 2012. Tim Reed’s winning time of 8:16:34 was a new overall course record (old one was 8:17, also by Paul Ambrose from 2012). In addition, Beth Gerdes posted a new run course record, her 2:56:10 improved on Lisa Bentley’s 3:01 from 2006.

Male Race Results

Clayton Fettell was the leader in T1 and T2, and he put together a solid 3:07 run, an excellent time for him. Still this wasn’t a match for Tim Reed’s 2:51:32 who posted the fastest run of the day. Tim took the lead around 26k and was never challenged after that. David Dellow had the second best male run and managed to pass Clayton shortly before the finish for second place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Tim Reed AUS 00:47:00 04:34:30 02:51:32 08:16:34 -29:31 US$ 10000
2 David Dellow AUS 00:44:42 04:36:48 02:57:23 08:22:18 -00:37 US$ 5000
3 Clayton Fettell AUS 00:43:47 04:29:14 03:07:02 08:23:22 -19:28 US$ 3250
4 Michael Fox AUS 00:44:38 04:39:05 02:59:24 08:26:12 -21:14 US$ 2500
5 Dougal Allan NZL 00:56:30 04:27:51 03:01:42 08:29:15 01:34 US$ 1750
6 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:46:52 04:45:42 03:00:15 08:36:19 -20:25 US$ 1250
7 Adam Gordon AUS 00:52:40 04:41:25 03:01:08 08:38:56 -31:40 US$ 750
8 Jarmo Hast FIN 00:46:57 05:02:54 03:06:33 09:00:41 10:32 US$ 500
9 Samuel Murphy AUS 00:53:51 05:09:06 03:02:57 09:09:05 n/a
10 James Lubinski USA 00:58:45 05:05:44 03:14:41 09:23:10 01:13
11 Lindsey Wall AUS 00:47:02 05:05:03 03:32:29 09:28:21 n/a
12 Darren Jenkins AUS 01:07:21 05:04:26 03:14:58 09:31:55 21:51
13 Caleb Noble AUS 00:46:58 05:25:49 04:24:47 10:41:05 n/a
Josh Amberger AUS 00:43:47 04:42:29 DNF
Paul Ambrose AUS 00:46:53 04:41:55 DNF
Leigh Stabryla AUS 00:50:46 05:35:27 DNF
Casey Munro AUS 00:44:41 DNF
Luke Bell AUS 00:44:45 DNF

Female Race Results

Defending champion Michelle Bremer took control of the race on the bike, quickly passing T1 leader Gina Crawford who DNF’d with mechanical issues on the bike. Michelle built a twelve minute lead into T2. She was followed by Beth Gerdes who posted the second best bike split and had her sights on bigger goals. Before the race I predicted that Beth would run about 15 minutes quicker than Michelle. That turned out to be about right, but Michelle posted a new personal marathon best of 3:11 and pushed Beth to a 2:56 marathon to take the win. Beth’s 2:56 is the second fastest time overall (including the men!), a new run course record and the first sub-3 of 2016. Both Beth and Michelle raced about 21 minutes quicker than predicted! Third place went to Dimity-Lee Duke who was solid all day but couldn’t match the run paces of the the first two.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Beth Gerdes USA 00:56:47 05:13:54 02:56:10 09:10:28 -21:47 US$ 10000
2 Michelle Bremer NZL 00:54:28 05:03:54 03:11:46 09:13:34 -21:23 US$ 5000
3 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 00:56:51 05:17:25 03:24:17 09:42:16 00:05 US$ 3250
4 Melanie Burke NZL 01:01:31 05:24:27 03:26:54 09:56:54 09:38 US$ 2500
5 Tamsyn Hayes NZL 01:01:30 05:25:21 03:36:36 10:07:41 00:08 US$ 1750
6 Wendy Mcalpine AUS 00:54:26 05:27:04 03:45:59 10:12:00 22:30 US$ 1250
7 Amy Javens USA 01:04:22 05:24:48 03:41:40 10:15:15 02:31 US$ 750
8 Alison Fitch AUS 00:54:32 05:48:40 03:48:47 10:36:58 51:00 US$ 500
9 Kristy Hallett AUS 01:01:16 06:00:10 03:37:01 10:43:01 24:02
10 Jessica Richards AUS 01:07:03 05:26:03 04:06:58 10:44:19 n/a
Gina Crawford NZL 00:51:57 DNF
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