Ironman South Africa 2015 – Analyzing Results

Conditions on Race Day

After the course changes in 2014, we’ve had very similar conditions this year: An adjustment of -15:21 compared to -15:12 this year indicates a very slow course, mainly because of a pretty hard bike. From what I’ve heard, the wind was again blowing from an Easterly direction making the bike harder. Maybe we’ll have a different direction next year, possibly making the course a bit faster.

Male Race Results

Fredrik Van Lierde put up a clinic: After a solid swim he posted a fast bike ride (more than 11 minutes quicker than the second fastest by his country man Bart Aeronauts), followed by a sub-2:50 marathon without any pressure on him. He won by almost 15 minutes in front of Ivan Rana who posted the fastest run. Bart Aernouts didn’t quite find his speedy run legs, but was able to secure his Kona slot finishing third. Matt Trautmann ran through the field to claim fourth place, while Eneko Llanos had to settle for fifth place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 00:49:20 04:32:45 02:49:45 08:16:35 -18:57 US$ 30000
2 Ivan Rana ESP 00:49:28 04:48:22 02:48:44 08:30:45 -10:59 US$ 15000
3 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:52:07 04:44:30 02:55:04 08:35:59 -04:07 US$ 8000
4 Matt Trautman ZAF 00:51:57 04:48:01 02:53:10 08:37:21 -04:10 US$ 6500
5 Eneko Llanos ESP 00:49:36 04:47:44 02:55:42 08:37:50 01:05 US$ 5000
6 Bas Diederen NED 00:49:31 04:46:56 02:56:51 08:38:14 -04:41 US$ 3500
7 David Mcnamee GBR 00:49:27 04:54:41 02:54:55 08:43:35 n/a US$ 2500
8 Cyril Viennot FRA 00:51:57 04:47:28 03:01:11 08:45:55 -02:34 US$ 2000
9 Victor Del Corral ESP 00:56:19 04:55:15 02:51:15 08:47:10 -02:34 US$ 1500
10 James Cunnama ZAF 00:51:34 04:51:53 02:59:54 08:47:45 -03:15 US$ 1000
11 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:49:34 04:46:39 03:08:04 08:48:43 00:11
12 Andrej Vistica CRO 00:52:03 04:49:50 03:03:20 08:49:55 -09:04
13 Marc Duelsen GER 00:52:00 04:55:14 03:02:48 08:54:15 05:33
14 Michael Ruenz GER 00:53:26 05:01:43 02:57:31 08:57:42 -08:27
15 Kirill Kotshegarov EST 00:57:24 04:53:41 03:02:13 08:59:09 00:45
16 Johannes Moldan GER 00:51:52 04:50:39 03:16:42 09:03:29 n/a
17 David Plese SLO 00:52:09 04:57:09 03:10:27 09:04:55 12:36
18 TJ Tollakson USA 00:49:42 04:55:15 03:16:04 09:06:24 15:14
19 Fraser Cartmell GBR 00:51:00 04:58:09 03:12:55 09:07:13 06:05
20 Michael Davidson ZAF 00:57:24 05:11:33 02:58:36 09:12:31 00:48
21 Greg Close USA 01:02:06 05:15:56 03:07:06 09:30:06 00:27
22 Bertrand Billard FRA 00:49:25 04:50:51 03:49:01 09:34:50 26:44
23 Jim Lubinski USA 01:00:04 05:12:48 03:18:13 09:36:50 -10:23
24 Urs Mueller SWI 00:58:17 05:16:50 03:20:04 09:39:39 n/a
25 Allan Hovda NOR 01:08:03 05:18:40 03:08:33 09:40:25 n/a
26 Alberto Casadei ITA 00:49:24 05:27:05 03:04:40 09:40:55 48:53
27 Kent Horner ZAF 00:49:26 05:13:53 03:33:05 09:41:03 09:35
28 Hannes Cool BEL 00:52:10 05:16:45 03:31:45 09:46:18 27:50
29 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:51:56 05:17:10 03:40:53 09:55:19 35:56
30 Gerhard De Bruin ZAF 00:54:34 05:27:39 03:32:28 09:59:57 -00:34
31 Craig Twigg GBR 00:52:04 05:07:52 04:51:17 10:58:18 1:10:15
Sylvain Sudrie FRA 00:49:05 04:49:54 DNF
Till Schramm GER 00:58:27 05:13:04 DNF
Trevor Delsaut FRA 00:52:13 05:31:00 DNF
Frederik Flagstad GRL 01:26:38 07:50:05 DNF
Johann Ackermann GER 00:49:19 DNF
Mike Aigroz SUI 00:49:21 DNF
Konstantin Bachor GER 00:49:32 DNF

Female Race Results

Finally, Jodie Swallow put together an all around solid race in her „home IM“: Her usual fast swim was followed by a controlled bike, still putting her in the lead in T2 but only by about two minutes. She then was able to post a good 3:10 marathon (about 9 minutes quicker than last year), extending the lead to more than eight minutes at one point. Speedy runners Lucy Gossage (3:06) and Susie Cheetham (3:03) managed to overtake the earlier chasers Camilla Pedersen and Diana Riesler. This allowed the British athletes to claim all spots on the podium!

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Jodie Swallow GBR 00:50:17 05:20:58 03:10:56 09:26:56 -04:01 US$ 30000
2 Lucy Gossage GBR 00:59:35 05:20:12 03:06:04 09:31:20 -05:23 US$ 15000
3 Susie Cheetham GBR 00:57:52 05:25:54 03:03:38 09:33:02 -05:28 US$ 8000
4 Camilla Pedersen DEN 00:52:44 05:20:08 03:17:23 09:35:25 00:04 US$ 6500
5 Diana Riesler GER 00:58:02 05:16:00 03:18:58 09:38:16 -07:09 US$ 5000
6 Eva Wutti AUT 00:59:23 05:20:44 03:15:24 09:40:22 14:48 US$ 3500
7 Britta Martin NZL 00:59:05 05:31:13 03:09:47 09:45:33 -02:07 US$ 2500
8 Astrid Ganzow GER 01:01:26 05:25:43 03:18:03 09:50:29 -05:58 US$ 2000
9 Caitlin Snow USA 00:59:43 05:36:49 03:12:40 09:55:03 09:50 US$ 1500
10 Sonja Tajsich GER 01:03:09 05:27:20 03:25:52 10:01:37 14:07 US$ 1000
11 Eleanor Haresign GBR 00:59:37 05:39:37 03:24:27 10:11:04 -07:48
12 Caroline Livesey GBR 01:02:49 05:40:36 03:25:59 10:15:14 n/a
13 Jessica Meyers USA 01:02:44 05:46:42 03:25:27 10:20:19 09:32
14 Amber Ferreira USA 00:59:36 05:30:16 03:49:30 10:25:30 21:27
15 Nina Pekerman ISR 00:59:38 05:59:25 03:33:32 10:39:12 11:26
16 Alyssa Godesky USA 01:08:13 05:58:31 03:31:18 10:44:35 -09:28
17 Maria Lemeseva RUS 01:15:47 06:10:13 03:33:12 11:06:56 46:24
18 Riana Robertson ZAF 01:00:54 06:11:18 03:56:22 11:14:03 n/a
Corina Hengartner SWI 01:02:41 05:46:57 DNF
Stefanie Adam BEL 00:59:40 05:57:43 DNF
Anne Basso FRA 00:59:38 05:59:50 DNF
Lucie Reed CZE 00:54:48 DNF
Tine Deckers BEL 01:02:36 DNF
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