Ironman Switzerland 2016 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This year’s course in Zürich had a new run course, but the impact on the course rating has been minimal (run adjustment of -0:15, new run course rating of 0:14). Overall conditions have been typical as well, if anything the non-wetsuit swim for the Pros was a bit slower and the bike was a bit faster than in previous years.

Even without being aided by fast conditions, there were a few course records. Just one week after winning Challenge Roth with a fantastic 8:22, Daniela Ryf also won IM Switzerland (posting a new record for the shortest time between long-distance triathlon wins) in sub-9, beating the old course record by Karin Thürig from 2010 by almost ten minutes. (Karin’s bike course record still stands.) In addition Roman Deisenhofer set a new male bike course record of 4:26:15, improving the old time of 4:27:42 by Ronnie Schildknecht from 2012.

Kona Qualifying Implications

A lot of athletes were looking for a final push in their KPR total. Ronnie Schildknecht, Timo Bracht, Jan Van Berkel and David Plese secured a July slot, on the women’s side Emma Bilham and Ariane Monticelli are also safe. Daniela validated her Automatic Qualifier spot with the IM Switzerland win.

For the full rankings at the end of July, check out my post on the first July cutoff.

Male Race Results

Ronnie Schildknecht had a strong bike ride and an even better run to win his 9th IM Switzerland. Timo Bracht had a solid race including a strong run to finish second. Jan Van Berkel tried his best to go with Ronnie Schildknecht on the run, almost ran himself into the ground but still finished with a sub-3 run in third place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Ronnie Schildknecht SUI 00:55:39 04:31:01 02:47:07 08:17:04 -09:10 US$ 10000
2 Timo Bracht GER 00:53:17 04:33:02 02:54:34 08:24:13 02:44 US$ 5000
3 Jan Van Berkel SUI 00:52:56 04:33:37 02:59:23 08:29:12 -16:28 US$ 3250
4 Roman Deisenhofer GER 00:55:41 04:26:15 03:07:08 08:32:58 -25:07 US$ 2500
5 David Plese SLO 00:55:53 04:44:12 02:52:46 08:36:50 -02:10 US$ 1750
6 Mauro Baertsch SUI 00:57:48 04:43:30 02:51:20 08:36:55 -14:08 US$ 1250
7 Christian Brader GER 00:59:10 04:46:56 02:58:54 08:49:07 -02:35 US$ 750
8 Patrick Jaberg SUI 00:57:50 04:42:01 03:05:16 08:49:39 -07:09 US$ 500
9 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:01:43 04:41:53 03:00:21 08:50:28 -09:42
10 Darby Thomas FIN 01:03:47 04:45:24 03:12:40 09:06:08 22:25
11 Nicholas Chase USA 00:55:44 04:43:49 03:36:53 09:21:06 -01:43
12 Ivan Jezko SVK 01:03:57 04:57:30 03:37:55 09:44:54 14:01
13 Jan Hron CZE 01:07:59 05:18:21 03:16:57 09:48:23 n/a
14 Sebastian Pedraza ITA 01:01:51 05:06:07 03:46:27 09:58:35 49:45
15 Lukas Polan CZE 01:12:05 05:28:14 03:41:53 10:27:15 39:08
16 Gilian Oriet SUI 01:01:55 05:03:19 04:33:12 10:43:05 57:03
Philipp Koutny SUI 00:55:37 04:31:04 DNF
Markus Fachbach GER 00:55:02 04:33:26 DNF
Manuel Kueng SUI 00:50:41 04:44:21 DNF
Fabio Carvalho BRA 00:53:05 04:44:45 DNF
David Naesvik SWE 00:57:59 04:46:26 DNF
Matthias Epping GER 00:55:48 04:48:45 DNF
Emanuele Ciotti ITA 00:55:55 04:55:14 DNF
Johan Kaerner SWE 01:01:48 04:55:40 DNF
Cyril Pochon FRA 00:55:18 05:10:48 DNF
Martin Charles FRA 00:55:47 05:12:06 DNF
Marek Nemcik SVK 01:15:51 06:15:30 DNF
Balazs Csoke HUN 00:49:53 DNF
Gergö Molnar HUN 00:53:02 DNF
Fraser Cartmell GBR 00:53:12 DNF

Female Race Results

Daniela Ryf swam with Celine Schärer, one of the fastest Ironman swimmers, then rode away on the bike and controlled her effort on the run. Second place went to Emma Balham with a strong bike and solid run – her second second place in her second Ironman. Michi Herlbauer was working hard all day taking the last spot on the podium.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected Prize Money
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 00:53:16 04:46:30 03:07:31 08:51:50 -00:55 US$ 10000
2 Emma Bilham SUI 00:57:41 05:03:58 03:16:36 09:21:48 -06:31 US$ 5000
3 Michaela Herlbauer AUT 01:01:05 05:07:02 03:15:37 09:28:12 04:14 US$ 3250
4 Celine Schaerer SUI 00:53:14 05:13:07 03:24:57 09:35:26 07:08 US$ 2500
5 Ariane Monticeli BRA 01:03:58 05:11:16 03:20:05 09:40:07 -01:18 US$ 1750
6 Karen Thibodeau CAN 00:56:53 05:15:47 03:23:25 09:40:38 -10:23 US$ 1250
7 Corina Hengartner SUI 01:05:10 05:14:01 03:22:31 09:46:19 -17:50 US$ 750
8 Alyssa Godesky USA 01:03:20 05:16:53 03:22:15 09:47:20 -24:35 US$ 500
9 Natascha Badmann SUI 01:05:08 05:02:18 03:35:03 09:47:21 16:30
10 Kristin Moeller GER 01:12:24 05:24:31 03:09:51 09:52:16 19:05
11 Diane Luethi SUI 00:58:02 05:21:36 03:38:07 10:02:48 n/a
12 Petra Krejcova CZE 01:03:48 05:21:40 03:40:09 10:09:43 09:42
13 Regula Rohrbach SUI 01:01:36 05:03:04 04:02:25 10:12:53 29:03
14 Jana Candrova CZE 01:13:13 05:29:54 03:36:43 10:25:34 -01:28
Lauren Parker AUS 00:55:10 05:37:20 DNF
Lauren Capone USA 00:59:07 05:34:42 DNF
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