Ironman Switzerland 2015 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

As seems to be the norm for Switzerland the last few years, the race was again a slow one. A non-wetsuit swim and hot weather on the run lead to an adjustment of -8:09 and a new course rating of 4:49. Obviously, no new course record could be set in these conditions.

Male Race Results

Ronnie Schildknecht & IM Switzerland – what else is there to say?! Ronnie raced a very smart race to win his home race for the eighth time! This year he needed a strong 2:50 marathon to overtake the T2-leaders. Of these Manuel Küng couldn’t quite hold on to the lead (he still finished a respectable 7th), but Jan Van Berkel fought hard for his second place and a Kona slot. Alessandro Degasperi had the fastest marathon (2:47), but he lost too much time on the bike to move further ahead than third place.

Only Jan was able to score enough points for a Kona slot (Ronnie was already safe), especially Michael Raelert (DNF with cramps, decided not not to risk too much for 70.3 Worlds) and Mike Aigroz (had a good swim but hurt his foot when exiting the water) were frustrated with their races.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Ronnie Schildknecht SUI 00:55:14 04:32:11 02:50:02 08:21:19 -13:27 US$ 10000
2 Jan Van Berkel SUI 00:50:47 04:33:04 03:00:53 08:28:57 -26:51 US$ 5000
3 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:55:16 04:44:47 02:47:07 08:31:36 -04:30 US$ 3250
4 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:03:07 04:39:30 02:56:23 08:46:44 -25:00 US$ 2500
5 Pascal Ramali GER 01:01:56 04:37:08 03:06:47 08:50:44 n/a US$ 1750
6 David Plese SLO 00:55:12 04:48:15 03:08:29 08:56:19 09:17 US$ 1250
7 Manuel Kueng SUI 00:48:52 04:33:19 03:33:02 09:00:10 -23:15 US$ 750
8 Dirk Wijnalda NED 01:02:23 04:58:06 03:09:03 09:13:57 06:19 US$ 500
9 Rafael Wyss SUI 01:02:18 04:52:42 03:17:00 09:17:23 -00:30  
10 Samuel Huerzeler SUI 00:55:20 04:59:13 03:25:41 09:25:41 11:14  
11 Rinus Holvoet BEL 00:58:41 05:03:48 03:26:26 09:37:32 14:45  
12 Kevin Everett USA 00:50:49 05:17:04 03:41:52 09:57:31 38:44  
13 Matthew Smith CZE 01:06:44 05:27:20 03:27:48 10:08:30 00:28  
14 Lukas Polan CZE 01:06:27 05:25:25 04:21:55 10:59:18 55:44  
15 Michal Volejnik CZE 01:06:35 05:21:50 04:35:03 11:12:16 n/a  
16 Ivan Kharin RUS 01:06:59 05:33:05 06:09:33 12:54:50 1:46:08  
17 Mathias Nagel GER 02:00:54 06:51:46 06:13:29 15:14:34 n/a  
  Michael Raelert GER 00:50:43 04:47:11   DNF  
  Mauro Baertsch SUI 00:58:36 04:41:03   DNF  
  Matteo Fontana ITA 01:01:55 04:41:53   DNF  
  Alberto Casadei ITA 00:50:48 04:56:16   DNF  
  Martin Bader AUT 00:51:35 05:02:27   DNF  
  Thomas Kaiser GER 01:03:04 04:59:00   DNF  
  Marek Nemcik SVK 01:15:41 06:31:17   DNF  
  Mike Aigroz SUI 00:53:42     DNF  
  Evgeniy Nikitin RUS 00:54:53     DNF  
  Damien With FRA 00:58:06     DNF  
  Gilian Oriet SUI 01:01:52     DNF  
  Valentin Zasypkin RUS 01:28:02     DNF  

Female Race Results

Mary Beth Ellis was the race leader for most of the day. She was setting the pace on the swim and the bike, but she was struggling on the run. However, it took Beth Gerdes a phenomenal 3:01:24 marathon (only 38 seconds slower than Kristin Möller’s course record) to close the gap to MBE. Beth took the lead at 36k and went on to win her first professional Ironman. MBE finished second and Mareen Hufe took a solid third place. All podium finishers can be happy with their results as all of them secured Kona slots. 

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Beth Gerdes USA 01:00:53 05:13:40 03:01:24 09:21:05 -28:36 US$ 10000
2 Mary Beth Ellis USA 00:55:12 05:02:07 03:24:13 09:26:37 00:55 US$ 5000
3 Mareen Hufe GER 01:01:42 05:10:33 03:18:06 09:35:26 -10:20 US$ 3250
4 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 01:03:56 05:18:26 03:23:32 09:51:24 -03:40 US$ 2500
5 Lina-Kristin Schink GER 01:14:00 05:26:57 03:25:27 10:11:12 -14:41 US$ 1750
6 Alena Stevens SVK 01:04:39 05:26:41 03:35:22 10:11:40 -19:44 US$ 1250
7 Mariana Andrade BRA 01:03:58 05:40:59 03:55:37 10:46:04 26:08 US$ 750
  Regula Rohrbach SUI 01:01:45 05:26:59   DNF  
  Angela Kuehnlein GER 01:06:51     DNF  
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