Ironman Melbourne 2014 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

Conditions in Melbourne were again pretty quick this year, an adjustment of 18:45 puts this year’s race in the neighborhood of races such as IM Arizona or IM Brasil. The conditions seemed to be especially favorable on the run, the run adjustment of 7:07 makes the times even quicker than the (apparently short) run in 2012.

Male Race Results

Dirk Bockel was the most patient athlete on race day: He took the lead at about 35k in the run, and held on to it until the finish.

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Axel Zeebroek pushed the pace on the bike (eventually finishing 7th), then he was overtaken by Paul Matthews (who held on for 2nd). For a while David Dellow looked like the winner, but he spent his matches too early and staggered over the line in 3rd place and was promptly taken to the med-tent and was missing from the ceremony. Craig Alexander had the fastest run split in what appears to be his final Ironman race. Marino had a solid IM, always being close to the front and finishing in 6th.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Dirk Bockel LUX 00:45:35 04:23:05 02:48:35 08:01:02 -08:37
2 Paul Matthews AUS 00:45:34 04:29:02 02:44:09 08:02:14 -03:16
3 David Dellow AUS 00:45:44 04:21:35 02:51:41 08:03:07 -10:28
4 Michael Weiss AUT 00:52:39 04:20:50 02:45:17 08:03:46 -09:52
5 Craig Alexander AUS 00:47:45 04:30:29 02:43:52 08:05:47 -00:07
6 Marino Vanhoenacker BEL 00:47:54 04:24:29 02:52:20 08:08:25 00:32
7 Axel Zeebroek BEL 00:45:26 04:21:51 03:01:32 08:12:35 -25:22
8 Christian Kemp AUS 00:45:34 04:28:15 02:56:19 08:14:10 -32:34
9 Christian Kramer GER 00:46:32 04:36:56 02:47:39 08:15:10 -10:51
10 Peter Robertson AUS 00:45:52 04:29:13 02:57:14 08:16:30 n/a
11 Daniel Halksworth GBR 00:45:31 04:33:00 03:00:44 08:22:44 -09:40
12 Harry Wiltshire GBR 00:45:31 04:33:06 03:06:15 08:28:08 -53:27
13 Luke McKenzie AUS 00:49:39 04:34:34 02:59:38 08:28:40 07:12
14 Casey Munro AUS 00:45:39 04:29:04 03:10:38 08:29:41 n/a
15 Sylvain Rota FRA 00:52:40 04:39:58 02:56:03 08:32:48 -12:30
16 Jimmy Johnsen DEN 00:49:46 04:47:36 02:51:54 08:33:06 03:38
17 Courtney Atkinson AUS 00:45:33 04:36:43 03:09:13 08:35:07 n/a
18 Luke Whitmore AUS 00:54:59 04:46:19 02:50:40 08:36:19 -12:41
19 Philip Graves GBR 00:46:12 04:27:48 03:20:06 08:38:04 03:11
20 Benjamin Sanson FRA 00:45:23 04:28:55 03:19:29 08:38:43 -28:17
21 Joshua Rix AUS 00:50:51 04:46:17 03:05:39 08:46:48 05:12
22 Jarmo Hast FIN 00:50:43 04:46:35 03:07:23 08:49:06 13:56
23 David Naesvik SWE 00:56:38 04:44:43 03:07:20 08:52:54 -00:30
24 Mike Aigroz SUI 00:47:44 04:30:33 03:36:09 08:58:04 35:33
25 Balazs Csoke HUN 00:47:47 04:38:48 03:37:02 09:07:45 18:36
26 Adam Gordon NZL 00:56:22 05:12:52 03:34:10 09:49:02 50:23
27 Arland Macasieb PHI 01:05:38 05:07:32 03:51:45 10:16:44 24:33
28 Dan Brown PHI 01:05:29 05:32:14 05:08:48 11:53:17 1:25:56
29 Paul Amey GBR 00:50:41 DNF
30 Mathias Hecht SUI 00:47:52 DNF
31 Paul Wisniewski POL 00:55:00 04:46:32 DNF
32 Todd Israel AUS 00:50:38 04:46:37 DNF
33 Paul Ambrose GBR 00:47:42 04:30:34 DNF

Female Race Results

Caroline Steffen quickly overcame her deficit to Mary Beth Ellis after the swim.

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The two rode (legally) together for the rest of the bike, then „Xena“ pulled away on the run. She seemed to be struggling a bit towards the end of the run, but nonetheless finished in sub-9 hours and more than four minutes ahead of MBE. The surprise 3rd was Kim Schwabenbauer with the best run time, overtaking Rebekah Keat in the last few kilometers. Asa Lundstrom managed to take 5th (probably enough for a Kona slot), while Angela Duncan (Naeth) took some more risks in her 2nd Ironman, was in a good position after the bike, but ran out of gas on the run.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Caroline Steffen SUI 00:52:03 04:56:38 03:04:44 08:57:57 04:10
2 Mary Beth Ellis USA 00:50:00 04:59:36 03:08:48 09:02:15 -01:44
3 Kim Schwabenbauer USA 01:03:32 05:00:13 03:01:34 09:10:06 -11:39
4 Rebekah Keat AUS 00:52:50 05:01:45 03:11:59 09:11:06 -01:11
5 Asa Lundstroem SWE 00:59:46 05:02:02 03:10:28 09:16:09 -08:50
6 Angela Duncan CAN 00:58:32 04:51:20 03:27:50 09:21:11 -20:22
7 Mareen Hufe GER 00:59:45 04:59:06 03:18:40 09:21:40 -00:16
8 Michelle Duffield AUS 00:59:41 05:17:20 03:12:44 09:34:30 -19:54
9 Tracy Douglas AUS 01:06:50 05:13:31 03:16:23 09:40:41 n/a
10 Tine Holst DEN 01:09:56 05:01:26 03:30:23 09:47:30 -06:40
11 Kristy Hallett AUS 01:03:23 05:13:44 03:30:34 09:52:18 -38:39
12 Rebecca Hoschke AUS 01:03:26 05:17:25 04:07:04 10:34:33 1:05:07
13 Keiko Tanaka JPN 00:56:22 05:07:44 05:51:22 11:59:22 1:18:59
14 Kate Bevilaqua AUS 00:56:22 DNF
15 Stephanie Jones USA 01:03:29 DNF

Photo Credits: Jay Prasuhn

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