Ironman Cozumel 2016 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This year IM Cozumel had the fastest conditions ever for that course, mainly on the bike (maybe not too much wind?). Winner Frederik Van Lierde posted a new course record and got pretty close to breaking 8 hours, while female swim leader (and eventual second place finisher) Lauren Brandon posted a new swim course record, improving on Bree Wee’s 2009 time.

Male Race Results

Frederik Van Lierde was among the first in T1, then posted a strong bike to be within seconds of the lead in T2. He then went on to win the race by posting the strongest run of the bike leaders, winning with a new course record time. Matt Russell ran through the field by posting the second fastest marathon of the day and as last year finished in second place. After winning his first Ironman at Mont Tremblant, Chris Leiferman had another solid race and claimed the last spot on the podium.

Frederik Van Lierde validated his AQ Kona slot and is the first athlete to be a secure Kona 2017 Pro participant. In addition to him Matt Russell has enough points to be safe for a Kona slot.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 00:43:46 04:22:37 02:52:42 08:03:09 -09:54 US$ 20000
2 Matthew Russell USA 00:48:20 04:21:28 02:51:18 08:04:24 -28:37 US$ 10000
3 Chris Leiferman USA 00:48:28 04:21:09 02:55:58 08:09:11 02:40 US$ 6500
4 Michael Weiss AUT 00:48:26 04:17:45 02:59:55 08:10:44 -07:51 US$ 4000
5 Chris McDonald AUS 00:48:44 04:21:08 03:02:35 08:15:59 -20:08 US$ 3000
6 Guilherme Manocchio BRA 00:47:18 04:26:14 03:01:23 08:19:26 -13:37 US$ 2000
7 Jozsef Major HUN 00:57:13 04:32:31 02:46:50 08:21:33 -22:34 US$ 1500
8 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:47:14 04:22:33 03:08:44 08:23:01 -24:44 US$ 1250
9 Miquel Blanchart Tinto ESP 00:44:09 04:39:53 02:57:03 08:24:44 -00:53 US$ 1000
10 Philipp Koutny SUI 00:48:16 04:32:43 03:04:22 08:29:16 n/a US$ 750
11 Barrett Brandon USA 00:43:37 04:41:02 03:10:14 08:39:39 07:02
12 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS 00:46:39 04:42:43 03:07:21 08:41:21 -07:50
13 Kevin Collington USA 00:43:46 04:40:48 03:17:46 08:45:52 28:11
14 Anton Blokhin UKR 00:46:36 04:42:53 03:14:42 08:48:22 12:30
15 Alan Carrillo MEX 00:51:32 04:48:09 03:10:22 08:54:46 n/a
16 Frederic Garcia FRA 00:57:05 04:51:53 03:03:51 08:58:05 -14:18
17 Scott Bradley USA 00:58:16 04:37:11 03:18:44 08:59:52 -17:49
18 Josep Vinolas ESP 00:51:24 04:45:11 03:19:44 09:00:20 08:29
19 Oliver Gonzalez MEX 00:46:32 05:05:38 03:10:55 09:08:07 -12:01
20 Jarrod Shoemaker USA 00:43:44 05:12:26 03:08:57 09:09:10 n/a
21 Jorge Vazquez MEX 00:48:21 04:57:52 03:34:21 09:26:48 -20:13
22 Gilian Oriet SUI 00:54:41 05:09:11 03:28:52 09:39:58 -10:24
23 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:43:41 04:23:09 04:31:06 09:41:32 1:13:49
24 Bruno Matheus BRA 00:47:11 05:13:42 03:35:16 09:41:32 n/a
25 Sergio Quezada MEX 00:48:18 05:08:53 03:41:42 09:44:17 -13:46
26 Eduardo Chong MEX 00:57:00 05:08:12 03:39:28 09:49:29 -04:13
27 Stephen Bayliss GBR 00:43:41 05:20:57 03:47:03 09:55:49 1:17:33
28 Derek Yorek USA 01:03:14 05:06:26 04:02:12 10:21:46 n/a
29 Rod De Kanel FRA 00:46:34 05:02:11 04:50:39 10:44:58 35:34
30 Scott Defilippis USA 00:51:54 04:56:29 05:08:10 11:02:05 1:10:02
Mark Oude Bennink NED 00:43:48 DNF
Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:48:21 DNF
Trevor Delsaut FRA 00:48:25 DNF
Christopher Bagg USA 00:48:27 DNF

Female Race Results

Lauren Brandon was leading after the swim by almost five minutes, posting a new swim course record. She reached T2 together with the “Danish Duo” of Michelle Vesterby and Camilla Pedersen. Camilla was leading the race for most of the run, but eventually faded at the end and finished in third place. In her first IM finish in Texas Lauren was also leading into T1 and T2 but the struggled on the run (3:56). In Cozumel she ran a steady 3:23 and was able to finish in second place. The win went to Michelle Vesterby who had the best run of the leaders into T2, ending her 2016 racing year with her third Ironman win. Last year’s winner Corinne Abraham finished fourth after a long injury break – she posted the best marathon of the day and without a double flat towards the end of the bike she could have finished on the podium. Rachel McBride had a solid day to finish fifth in her first full Ironman race.

After her 6th place in Kona Michelle Vesterby has enough points to be safe for a Kona slot. Camilla Pedersen is close but needs a few more points, she should be fine with two good 70.3 results.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:50:30 04:54:14 03:19:18 09:08:06 -01:57 US$ 20000
2 Lauren Brandon USA 00:45:43 04:58:52 03:23:53 09:12:43 n/a US$ 10000
3 Camilla Pedersen DEN 00:50:26 04:54:16 03:25:34 09:14:11 06:40 US$ 6500
4 Corinne Abraham GBR 00:56:48 05:10:41 03:07:44 09:19:14 09:52 US$ 4000
5 Rachel McBride CAN 00:53:06 04:59:14 03:32:42 09:29:33 n/a US$ 3000
6 Celine Schaerer SUI 00:50:35 05:18:02 03:23:50 09:37:20 16:25 US$ 2000
7 Kelly Fillnow USA 01:02:41 05:12:58 03:18:13 09:38:23 -08:15 US$ 1500
8 Nicole Valentine USA 01:00:58 05:20:26 03:17:22 09:43:26 -32:59 US$ 1250
9 Annett Finger GER 00:56:52 05:16:22 03:28:40 09:46:15 -12:09 US$ 1000
10 Lauren Capone USA 00:56:52 05:36:32 03:10:40 09:50:21 13:16 US$ 750
11 April Gellatly USA 00:53:10 05:12:11 03:43:07 09:53:46 -09:47
12 Palmira Alvarez MEX 01:02:54 05:18:54 03:32:07 09:58:13 -48:06
13 Amanda Wendorff USA 00:56:51 05:13:36 03:44:11 09:59:18 14:54
14 Neilia Bliss USA 01:02:49 05:22:16 03:49:48 10:20:35 09:29
15 Amelia McCracken USA 01:10:23 05:37:21 03:47:23 10:41:01 n/a
Molly Roohi USA 00:59:29 05:20:53 DNF
Caroline St-Pierre CAN 00:56:55 05:55:01 DNF
Amy Vantassel USA 01:02:47 05:53:04 DNF
Amber Ferreira USA 00:50:34 DNF
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