Ironman South Africa 2016 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

After a typically slow swim the new bike course proved to be much quicker than the old one. It remains to be seen if this was because most of the harder hills were cut from the course or because conditions were favorable this year – reportedly there wasn’t much wind. Even with the fast conditions we didn’t see any new course records – even if Ben Hoffman would probably have been able to find 3 seconds somewhere to break Gerrit Schellens run course record from 2007!

Male Race Results

After leading out of the swim, Marko Albert was at the front for the bike as well, even if he had some company with Bas Diederen and Ben Collins. Bas was the first into T2, but he struggled on the run, and Marko was leading the race until 15k. He then dropped back into fourth place, but rallied in the final stretch to pass Matt Trautmann and claimed the third spot on the podium. The quickest runners were Ben Hoffmann and Tim Van Berkel who had reached T2 just three minute behind the leaders, and Ben proved to be the stronger of the two. With 2:45:50 he posted the fastest marathon of the day, missing the run course record by only two seconds! Tim finished in second place.

Ben received an Automatic Qualifier slot for Kona, and both Tim and Matt should have enough points for Kona, as do fifth and sixth place finishers Boris Stein and Ruedi Wild (who had the best relative performance of the day, more than an hour quicker than expected!). Marko will still need a few more points to qualify for Kona.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Ben Hoffman USA 00:52:58 04:29:36 02:45:50 08:12:37 -19:39 US$ 30000
2 Tim Van Berkel AUS 00:50:00 04:32:33 02:48:15 08:14:51 -15:28 US$ 15000
3 Marko Albert EST 00:49:37 04:30:53 02:54:19 08:18:52 -14:58 US$ 8000
4 Matt Trautman ZAF 00:54:18 04:31:28 02:49:39 08:19:25 -02:22 US$ 6500
5 Boris Stein GER 00:54:24 04:28:17 02:52:52 08:19:51 -07:34 US$ 5000
6 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:52:56 04:38:12 02:49:28 08:24:47 -1:07:53 US$ 3500
7 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:54:32 04:39:03 02:50:58 08:29:37 05:02 US$ 2500
8 Christian Kramer GER 00:49:59 04:33:13 03:01:47 08:29:57 -05:24 US$ 2000
9 Ronnie Schildknecht SUI 00:55:10 04:34:36 02:58:24 08:32:11 10:46 US$ 1500
10 Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 00:54:25 04:42:07 02:53:01 08:34:03 00:39 US$ 1000
11 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:51:20 04:31:39 03:07:20 08:34:48 00:01
12 Jan Van Berkel SUI 00:54:20 04:36:46 03:03:05 08:38:31 -06:02
13 Markus Thomschke GER 00:57:12 04:36:21 03:00:32 08:38:52 -10:38
14 Ivan Risti ITA 00:52:19 04:41:16 03:07:23 08:45:36 -16:15
15 Ben Collins USA 00:49:51 04:41:55 03:08:39 08:46:24 06:57
16 Mike Aigroz SUI 00:52:12 04:41:27 03:11:09 08:48:52 08:40
17 David Plese SLO 00:55:05 04:38:35 03:15:07 08:53:38 18:38
18 Tomas Mika CZE 00:57:53 04:51:52 03:00:17 08:55:47 -04:12
19 Frederic Limousin FRA 00:55:01 04:52:33 03:14:46 09:08:07 -17:52
20 Mark Oude Bennink NED 00:49:51 05:16:55 03:00:02 09:12:31 26:44
21 Olivier Godart LUX 01:00:26 04:53:56 03:19:53 09:19:02 21:34
22 Michael Davidson ZAF 01:01:34 04:51:55 03:24:14 09:22:57 30:54
23 Nick Baldwin SEY 00:54:27 04:34:49 03:50:23 09:24:28 36:13
24 Bas Diederen NED 00:49:47 04:29:42 04:06:33 09:30:33 1:11:20
25 Eric Watson AUS 00:49:38 05:21:11 03:17:28 09:34:46 -07:41
26 Felipe De Oliveira Manente BRA 00:57:16 04:50:45 03:46:27 09:39:51 28:26
27 Thomas De Schutter BEL 01:02:20 05:04:07 03:35:54 09:47:19 n/a
28 Gerhard De Bruin ZAF 01:00:14 04:55:17 03:49:26 09:51:18 12:35
29 Simon Brierley SEY 01:02:24 05:15:59 04:17:23 10:41:54 06:28
James Cunnama ZAF 00:51:55 04:35:43 DNF
Oliver Simon GBR 00:52:53 04:50:26 DNF
Darby Thomas FIN 01:02:23 04:43:23 DNF
Greg Close USA 01:00:18 04:49:26 DNF
Freddy Lampret ZAF 00:54:38 04:57:32 DNF
Andrej Vistica CRO 01:01:23 04:55:00 DNF
Frederic Garcia FRA 00:57:49 05:07:24 DNF
Marek Nemcik SVK 01:23:32 DNF

Female Race Results

As expected Jodie Swallow was the fastest swimmer and in the lead on the bike. But at about 110k into the ride she fell hard without being clear what caused the crash. She was able to continue on the bike but had hurt her elbow and was loosing time to Annabel Luxford who was leading in T2 by 6 minutes over Jodie. Jodie started the run but had to call it a day after 8k. (I’m wishing her a speedy recovery and look forward to see her again at the front of her next race!) Bella had the fastest bike split by more than six minutes, but she posted after the race that she might have ridden a bit too hard. After Jodie withdrew Bella had a gap of more than 12 minutes to the speedy runners behind her, but that was only good enough for 20k. Kaisa Lehtonen proved that her second place at IM Barcelona was just the start and claimed her first Ironman title with the fastest run split. The second and third from last year took repeated this year but traded places: Susie Cheetham again had the better run and claimed second place, but Lucy Gossage’s third place only four weeks after her second place at IM New Zealand is an amazing result. Asa Lundstroem in fourth place had a solid race all day, she also passed Bella who ended up in fifth place.

As a Regional Champion Kaisa receives an Automatic Qualifier slot. After their great results in Kona and in Port Elizabeth Susie, Lucy, Asa and Annabel have enough points to be safe for a July slot.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Kaisa Lehtonen FIN 00:58:21 04:59:41 03:02:34 09:06:50 -11:46 US$ 30000
2 Susie Cheetham GBR 00:58:21 05:04:26 03:02:43 09:09:49 -02:39 US$ 15000
3 Lucy Gossage GBR 01:03:20 04:56:10 03:07:36 09:11:43 -01:23 US$ 8000
4 Asa Lundstroem SWE 01:03:30 04:58:18 03:08:33 09:15:34 -12:35 US$ 6500
5 Annabel Luxford AUS 00:56:07 04:49:17 03:37:50 09:28:32 11:16 US$ 5000
6 Verena Walter GER 01:03:24 05:08:18 03:18:02 09:35:36 -21:36 US$ 3500
7 Bianca Steurer AUT 01:02:53 05:09:13 03:22:31 09:39:25 -04:45 US$ 2500
8 Annah Watkinson ZAF 01:03:20 05:17:58 03:17:42 09:44:11 n/a US$ 2000
9 Katharina Grohmann GER 01:16:21 05:09:59 03:18:51 09:50:27 -04:59 US$ 1500
10 Dede Griesbauer USA 00:58:16 05:13:11 03:43:14 10:01:19 15:26 US$ 1000
11 Rahel Bellinga NED 01:09:44 05:06:54 03:38:34 10:02:08 -25:25
12 Annett Finger GER 01:04:34 05:21:11 03:41:51 10:13:08 19:37
13 Darbi Roberts USA 00:58:23 05:30:14 03:51:38 10:27:36 58:05
Jodie Swallow GBR 00:52:11 05:00:00 DNF
Lina-Kristin Schink GER 01:14:23 05:24:30 DNF
Claire Horner ZAF 01:03:25 DNF

2 Responses to Ironman South Africa 2016 – Analyzing Results

  1. Willie April 12, 2016 at 9:21 pm #

    Very curious about the course rating this year. Swim felt hard and long.
    Lots of international participants because of Melbourne’s missing race so the field in general felt fast.

    Don’t you normally do the course rating with the results analysis?

    I can conform that the conditions were good in terms of wind but it was a hot day so some people did overcook the bike and suffered on the run.

    Keep up the great work and thank you for all your effort.

  2. Thorsten April 15, 2016 at 1:32 pm #

    Willie,

    congrats on your finish this year!

    I usually post the individual course ratings with the preview so athletes can see what to expect 😉 I’ll also include them when I’m going to update the course ratings page.

    But your perceptions are pretty much spot on: The swim was slow (-3:09, the slowest since 2012), the bike was quicker than in previous years (8:05). Overall we’ve had a 4:30 adjustment, which is about 20 minutes quicker than the last two years.

    Cheers
    Thorsten

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