Ironman Frankfurt 2016 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

After last year’s record heat, this year the conditions were much colder and included some showers on the run that probably helped those that were running fast. Both Sebastian Kienle and Andi Boecherer ran new marathon PRs in their battle for the win and Will Clarke was able to post a new run course record – his 2:42:08 beat Timo Bracht’s time from 2008.

Overall conditions were fast as is typical for Frankfurt (adjustment of 12:48 leading to a new course rating of 11:58). This year the biggest impact on the race was probably the swim. With an official temperature of 22.6°C it was decided to not allow wetsuits, but a lot of Pros were battling hypothermia, most notable Daniela Ryf who was forced to DNF early on the bike. 

Male Race Results

The Top 3 finishers came off the bike together, but Eneko Llanos quickly lost contact to Sebastian Kienle and Andi Böcherer who ran shoulder-to-shoulder for some time. Sebi was slowly able to move away and build a small lead, but towards the end Andi put in another effort but couldn’t quite close the gap. Eneko struggled in the second and third loop and lost third place to Marko Albert, but a strong last lap allowed him to grab the last spot on the podium.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Sebastian Kienle GER 00:52:12 04:12:12 02:44:12 07:52:43 -12:34 US$ 30000
2 Andi Boecherer GER 00:48:41 04:15:27 02:45:02 07:53:40 -27:07 US$ 15000
3 Eneko Llanos ESP 00:49:11 04:15:21 03:00:33 08:09:08 -02:26 US$ 8000
4 Marko Albert EST 00:48:12 04:22:04 02:57:33 08:11:38 -12:55 US$ 6500
5 Will Clarke GBR 00:52:17 04:36:01 02:42:08 08:14:56 -32:18 US$ 5000
6 Christian Kramer GER 00:48:34 04:32:35 02:51:44 08:18:14 -08:40 US$ 3500
7 Denis Chevrot FRA 00:48:14 04:39:39 02:47:33 08:19:59 -05:07 US$ 2500
8 Bertrand Billard FRA 00:52:15 04:35:49 02:53:58 08:26:27 -20:00 US$ 2000
9 Marc Duelsen GER 00:54:23 04:34:23 02:53:32 08:26:59 03:21 US$ 1500
10 Johann Ackermann GER 00:48:25 04:31:09 03:06:41 08:31:06 05:42 US$ 1000
11 Alexander Schilling GER 00:48:34 04:41:33 03:00:49 08:35:08 n/a  
12 Jeremy Jurkiewicz FRA 00:52:10 04:49:08 02:53:53 08:39:57 12:18  
13 Youri Severin NED 00:48:26 04:41:43 03:11:09 08:45:38 n/a  
14 Daniil Sapunov UKR 00:50:51 04:57:15 03:01:35 08:55:19 12:22  
15 Balazs Csoke HUN 00:48:32 04:48:23 03:15:01 08:57:25 10:18  
16 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:04:25 04:44:16 02:58:59 08:57:45 08:15  
17 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:48:35 04:30:47 03:34:59 08:58:42 30:32  
18 Michael Louys BEL 01:05:31 04:43:21 03:04:05 08:58:45 -14:48  
19 Pascal Ramali GER 01:01:03 04:41:46 03:17:46 09:05:12 34:52  
20 Hywel Davies GBR 01:06:12 04:53:10 02:58:22 09:05:54 -00:04  
21 Julian Mutterer GER 00:52:14 04:37:30 03:32:01 09:06:12 25:32  
22 Maciej Chmura POL 00:52:03 05:04:20 03:07:09 09:08:33 n/a  
23 Young Hwan Oh KOR 01:07:38 04:56:43 02:58:49 09:09:14 -23:47  
24 David Jilek CZE 00:59:10 04:50:53 03:16:34 09:12:07 -10:34  
25 Timothy O’Donnell USA 00:48:31 04:39:34 03:39:55 09:12:58 59:03  
26 Ivan Jezko SVK 01:03:00 04:55:53 03:11:21 09:17:29 -07:20  
27 Vincent Depuiset FRA 01:12:01 05:01:08 03:09:31 09:29:21 -10:41  
28 Ludovic Le Guellec FRA 00:59:31 05:07:34 03:30:30 09:44:37 -08:43  
29 David Krupicka CZE 01:06:26 05:14:39 04:07:11 10:35:07 07:28  
  Joe Gambles AUS 00:48:39 04:48:54   DNF    
  Victor Del Corral ESP 00:59:00 04:42:56   DNF    
  Christian Brader GER 00:58:52 04:49:43   DNF    
  Thomas Bosch GER 00:59:02 04:49:49   DNF    
  Bas Diederen NED 00:48:36 05:18:57   DNF    
  Michal Volejnik CZE 01:03:56 05:10:25   DNF    
  Timo Moeschk GER 01:16:24 05:08:15   DNF    
  Petr Bednar CZE 01:06:25 05:25:27   DNF    
  Marek Nemcik SVK 01:13:48 05:48:50   DNF    
  Ivan Risti ITA 00:48:27     DNF    
  Clemente Alonso McKernan ESP 00:49:09     DNF    
  Marton Flander HUN 00:52:18     DNF    
  Gilian Oriet SUI 00:59:03     DNF    
  Gudmund Snilstveit NOR 01:04:43     DNF    
  Alfred Rahm GER 01:07:52     DNF    

Female Race Results

After pre-race favorite Daniela Ryf was in trouble after getting extremely cold on the swim, Natascha Schmitt was leading the race into T2. But Mel Hauschildt was running a good deal faster and took the lead in the second loop. When even an unjustified stop-and-go penalty on the run couldn’t derail her, she won IM Germany, an Automatic Qualifier slot and continued her streak of being unbeaten in an Ironman (3 wins in 3 starts). There were a lot of late position changes behind Mel, eventually Katja Konschak ran herself into second place with the best run of the day. Daniela Sämmler finished third with a solid bike/run-combo while Natascha Schmitt dropped back into fourth place. Verena Walter in fifth was the fourth German in the Top 5.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Melissa Hauschildt AUS 00:59:15 04:57:10 03:00:12 09:01:17 -06:52 US$ 30000
2 Katja Konschak GER 00:56:05 05:06:45 02:59:29 09:09:58 -36:46 US$ 15000
3 Daniela Saemmler GER 00:58:18 04:56:54 03:12:47 09:13:23 -08:07 US$ 8000
4 Natascha Schmitt GER 00:55:57 04:54:15 03:21:43 09:16:40 -29:42 US$ 6500
5 Verena Walter GER 01:01:45 04:55:49 03:16:04 09:18:58 -24:26 US$ 5000
6 Saleta Castro Nogueira ESP 00:56:58 05:14:53 03:04:54 09:22:41 -28:49 US$ 3500
7 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 00:59:18 05:06:09 03:19:16 09:30:48 -01:28 US$ 2500
8 Katharina Grohmann GER 01:13:48 05:06:06 03:07:20 09:31:54 -14:05 US$ 2000
9 Bianca Steurer AUT 00:59:19 05:14:46 03:19:14 09:37:59 04:11 US$ 1500
10 Petra Krejcova CZE 01:03:48 05:22:41 03:13:36 09:45:13 -07:34 US$ 1000
11 Celia Kuch GER 01:06:30 05:13:13 03:27:29 09:53:24 -06:06  
12 Caroline Livesey GBR 01:06:36 05:13:13 03:32:34 10:00:24 17:53  
13 Christine Fletcher CAN 01:03:30 05:15:03 03:49:02 10:17:20 21:26  
14 Lotty Harari PAN 01:10:55 05:20:18 03:45:21 10:23:23 n/a  
15 Mariana Andrade BRA 01:00:13 05:15:14 04:17:05 10:37:31 41:12  
  Astrid Stienen GER 01:00:20 05:00:53   DNF    
  Daniela Ryf SUI 00:53:45     DNF    
  Diana Riesler GER       DNF    
  Kristin Möller GER       DNF    
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