Ironman Austria 2016 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

Austria is a fast course, and the bike and run times were as quick as any year. However, the swim was very slow this year (adjustment of -3:27 compared to swim rating of 1:54 before this year’s race) – about five minutes slower than normal! The non-wetsuit conditions may have had an influence, but five minutes seems a pretty large difference for that.

After the slower swim, Mirinda Carfrae made the most of the fast “on land” conditions – she missed the bike course record by only four minutes, then set a new run record of 2:49:06 and also a new overall course record of 8:41:17.

Male Race Results

The pre-race favorite, Marino Vanhoenacker had another great race in Austria – he remains unbeaten in Klagenfurt as the eight times winner.

Marino Austria Bike

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Marino Vanhoenacker BEL 00:52:38 04:19:56 02:47:13 08:04:18 -04:43 US$ 14000
2 Viktor Zyemtsev USA 00:52:49 04:32:36 02:39:57 08:09:54 -15:07 US$ 7000
3 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:52:39 04:32:39 02:42:58 08:13:53 -05:38 US$ 4500
4 Michael Weiss AUT 00:56:16 04:21:04 02:51:57 08:14:45 -01:40 US$ 3000
5 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:56:48 04:28:27 02:46:42 08:16:32 01:45 US$ 2500
6 Paul Reitmayr AUT 00:52:42 04:24:08 02:58:34 08:19:52 n/a US$ 2000
7 Denis Sketako SLO 00:56:08 04:29:29 02:54:20 08:24:23 -31:19 US$ 1500
8 Matic Modic SLO 00:56:55 04:41:32 02:46:11 08:29:39 -18:14 US$ 1250
9 Pavel Simko SVK 00:55:27 04:33:04 03:04:37 08:38:14 n/a US$ 1000
10 Bart Borghs BEL 01:04:51 04:48:08 02:53:29 08:52:00 n/a US$ 750
11 Thiago Vinhal BRA 00:52:34 04:56:36 02:59:31 08:54:21 08:25
12 Lluis Vila aguilar ESP 01:01:24 04:50:10 03:02:00 08:58:18 n/a
13 Michael Louys BEL 01:08:23 04:40:08 03:07:12 09:02:02 -16:10
14 Christoph Schlagbauer AUT 01:01:19 04:47:28 03:12:03 09:05:40 -1:18:49
15 Harri Sokk EST 01:01:08 04:47:06 03:11:58 09:06:39 -05:38
16 Joan Capdevila ESP 01:01:38 04:51:40 03:06:12 09:07:15 n/a
17 David Jilek CZE 01:01:25 04:47:17 03:13:27 09:07:53 -21:55
18 Xavier Torrades ESP 00:52:44 04:37:31 03:34:42 09:09:41 26:51
19 Nicholas Chase USA 00:55:48 04:50:35 03:21:38 09:13:19 n/a
20 Vincent Riess AUT 00:55:23 04:53:16 03:23:43 09:19:03 28:04
21 Juha Laitinen FIN 01:08:29 04:56:26 03:07:01 09:19:05 -39:16
22 Gergö Molnar HUN 00:52:45 04:46:05 03:37:37 09:21:31 30:36
23 Gili Oriol ESP 01:01:29 05:01:35 03:19:38 09:29:04 -16:46
24 Stephan Trettin GER 01:05:50 04:48:37 03:32:55 09:32:22 -25:40
25 Ludovic Le Guellec FRA 01:02:30 05:20:18 03:23:16 09:54:29 00:19
26 Reinaldo De Oliveira BRA 01:03:49 05:09:41 03:43:08 10:05:05 -03:55
27 Maximilian Gruber AUT 01:16:24 05:16:33 03:33:18 10:13:22 n/a
28 Markus Mlinar AUT 01:05:19 04:57:08 04:18:59 10:27:56 1:12:10
29 David Krupicka CZE 01:09:00 05:09:49 04:02:32 10:28:58 n/a
30 Michal Jalovecky CZE 01:08:55 05:45:42 03:29:41 10:30:45 04:53
31 Josef Svoboda CZE 01:23:00 05:22:29 03:47:30 10:44:12 -58:01
32 Marek Nemcik SVK 01:16:12 05:46:03 04:04:33 11:15:12 -27:36
Antony Costes FRA 00:52:36 04:24:20 DNF
Christian Birngruber AUT 00:56:13 04:28:42 DNF
Paul Ruttmann AUT 01:01:33 04:36:48 DNF
Andreas Fuchs AUT 01:04:39 04:48:52 DNF
Martin Kleinl AUT 01:09:18 04:45:29 DNF
Freddy Lampret ZAF 00:55:36 05:00:38 DNF
Ivan Jezko SVK 01:05:02 04:52:47 DNF
Albert Garces ESP 01:11:03 05:03:11 DNF
Oliver Simon GBR 00:56:19 DNF
Alen Kralj SVN 01:02:11 DNF
Santiago Abad de Agueda ESP 01:05:20 DNF

A few Kona slots are safe after Austria: Bart Aernouts, Alessandro Degasperri and Michael Weiss should have enough points for a July slot.

Female Race Results

Rinny Austria FinishKaren Thibodeau was first out of the water, but Miranda Carfrae wasn’t too far behind. She had a great bike ride: the fastest of the day and in fact all of 2016 so far, only four minutes off the course record held by Diana Riesler from 2011. She then had one of the runs she is famous for: Her 2:49:06 marathon is of course a new record, the fastest of the year and a personal best for her. Only Chrissie Wellington has run faster than her with a 2:44:35 (Roth 2011) and a 2:48:54 (Roth 2010). Ronny’s total time of 8:41:17 is of course the fastest time of this year, a new course record and the 11th fastest time over the IM-distance. Rinny made a big statement that she’s still a force to reckon with in Kona and obviously very happy with her race.

With Michi Herlbauer (also going sub-9!) and Lisi Gruber two Austrians picked up the other podium spots.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Mirinda Carfrae AUS 00:59:15 04:47:38 02:49:06 08:41:17 -14:32 US$ 14000
2 Michaela Herlbauer AUT 00:59:14 04:53:47 02:59:22 08:57:23 -25:40 US$ 7000
3 Elisabeth Gruber AUT 01:06:31 05:03:23 03:01:57 09:17:20 -03:58 US$ 4500
4 Amber Ferreira USA 01:01:39 04:59:05 03:26:28 09:34:51 -02:37 US$ 3000
5 Michaela Rudolf AUT 01:08:41 05:05:40 03:23:43 09:43:59 -00:48 US$ 2500
6 Karen Thibodeau CAN 00:57:32 05:15:58 03:25:41 09:44:43 04:37 US$ 2000
7 Jana Candrova CZE 01:12:51 05:14:52 03:34:09 10:08:36 -10:07 US$ 1500

Among the Austria finishers, only Mirinda Carfrae can plan for Kona: She validated her Automatic Qualifier slot.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images for Ironman)

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