Ironman Western Australia 2014 – Analyzing Results

Course Rating

Conditions were favorable for fast times. The adjustment of 26:51 (mainly because of a very fast bike) was the fastest ever in Busselton, leading to a new course rating of 14:36.

Male Race Results

Once Denis Chevrot took the lead on the finishing part of the bike, he didn’t let go of the lead. His superb splits (fastest swim, fifth fastest bike, and fastest run) gave him a comfortable margin in the end, but he had to work hard for his win all day long. Lots of Australian contenders had to drop out (among them Fettell, Kemp, Gambles and Dellow), so the race ended with a European Top 5: Patrik Nilsson (recent winner of IM Malaysia) finished second, followed by Per Bittner in third. Roman Guillaume more or less took care of Kona qualifying with his fourth place, followed by veteran Mike Schifferle.

Any race recap of Western Australia would be incomplete without mentioning Jason Shortis: Jason finished his 83rd IM-distance race and ended his long career.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Denis Chevrot FRA 00:46:23 04:26:42 02:49:11 08:05:58 -25:45
2 Patrik Nilsson SWE 00:47:04 04:27:50 02:53:37 08:12:11 -26:24
3 Per Bittner GER 00:48:36 04:26:20 02:56:29 08:14:37 -15:35
4 Romain Guillaume FRA 00:47:07 04:30:16 02:59:24 08:21:15 -04:56
5 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:59:32 04:23:12 03:05:16 08:34:18 -11:48
6 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:50:21 04:37:59 03:03:59 08:36:26 -15:14
7 Gergö Molnar HUN 00:48:51 04:35:31 03:13:29 08:42:11 -13:11
8 Jan Van Berkel SUI 00:48:43 04:25:59 03:30:21 08:48:37 10:04
9 Guy Crawford NZL 00:46:59 04:27:45 03:33:00 08:51:50 -00:26
10 Markus Thomschke GER 00:50:28 04:24:05 03:39:06 08:57:47 17:30
11 Darren Jenkins AUS 01:06:41 04:41:41 03:06:02 08:58:36 -10:41
12 Shanon Stallard NZL 00:55:34 04:52:01 03:08:04 08:59:28 -12:38
13 Jason Shortis AUS 00:59:55 05:04:14 03:02:10 09:11:25 41:36
14 Joshua Rix AUS 00:50:23 04:33:52 04:01:59 09:30:32 51:28
Joe Gambles AUS 00:47:05 04:27:33 DNF
David Dellow AUS 00:47:21 04:27:33 DNF
Nick Baldwin SEY 00:49:52 04:34:28 DNF
Matty White AUS 00:50:24 04:34:03 DNF
Simon Billeau FRA 00:55:23 04:34:38 DNF
Christian Kemp AUS 00:46:56 04:47:38 DNF
Johan Borg AUS 00:55:07 04:39:41 DNF
Jarmo Hast FIN 00:48:47 05:04:50 DNF
Clayton Fettell AUS 00:46:29 DNF

Female Race Results

Liz Blatchford took control of the race from the start, leading the field after the swim and in the early parts of the bike. However, she then received two 4-minute drafting penalties, so her third place finish leaves a lot of „what if“ questions. Yvonne Van Vlerken is in a similar situation, she had two crashes on the bike and had the medicals look her over. At some point she was fighting for third place but ran a little bit out of gas. Still, her fifth place gives her some more points for Kona 2015.

The bike leg was dominated by Mareen Hufe who entered T2 with a 7-minute lead. She ran a solid marathon, but it wasn’t quite enough to hold on to the lead as Britta Martin (German-born but now starting for New Zealand) posted a 3:00:00 marathon, winning by almost four minutes. Mareen managed to hold off the speedy runners Liz Blatchford and super-mom Beth Gerdes, who ran a 2:58 marathon just six months after giving birth to daughter Wynne.

The fast conditions resulted in three new course records: Britta posted a new overall record (improving Gina Crawford’s 8:59:24), Mareen improved her own bike record (4:47:53) from last year, and Beth posted a new run record (improving on Liz Lyles 3:00:37 from last year).

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Britta Martin NZL 00:56:39 04:55:37 03:00:00 08:56:34 -15:26
2 Mareen Hufe GER 00:58:02 04:44:16 03:14:13 09:00:21 -17:29
3 Liz Blatchford GBR 00:52:13 04:58:27 03:07:27 09:02:11 06:27
4 Beth Gerdes USA 01:02:10 05:00:25 02:58:17 09:04:38 -33:33
5 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 00:58:14 04:51:04 03:12:05 09:05:39 11:28
6 Bree Wee USA 00:53:34 04:57:22 03:14:19 09:08:55 -11:53
7 Asa Lundstroem SWE 00:57:54 04:55:04 03:14:28 09:11:13 -04:46
8 Sarah Piampiano USA 01:02:06 04:51:14 03:14:52 09:12:38 -11:48
9 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 01:02:15 04:52:12 03:13:52 09:12:51 -34:25
10 Katy Duffield AUS 00:56:35 05:06:38 03:21:05 09:28:13 -25:06
11 Kym Coogan AUS 00:56:36 05:02:35 03:30:05 09:33:50 n/a
12 Tracy Douglas AUS 01:03:10 04:59:23 03:29:30 09:35:56 -22:09
13 Svetlana Blazevic SCG 00:52:14 05:15:15 03:34:25 09:46:07 -08:03
14 Jeanne Collonge FRA 00:57:51 05:00:31 03:45:50 09:48:55 18:53
15 Kristy Hallett AUS 01:02:09 05:02:23 03:41:09 09:51:06 -28:12
16 Nina Pekerman ISR 00:58:10 05:21:37 03:25:59 09:51:24 -02:23
17 Michelle Duffield AUS 01:02:08 05:03:35 03:42:56 09:53:27 08:50
18 Erin Furness NZL 01:02:08 05:13:21 03:34:44 09:54:40 -02:03
Diana Riesler GER 00:56:37 04:52:29 DNF
Elizabeth Lyles USA 00:56:39 04:58:57 DNF
Melanie Burke NZL 01:05:35 04:50:45 DNF
Lisa Marangon AUS 00:54:45 05:10:44 DNF
Keiko Tanaka JPN 00:56:31 05:33:52 DNF
Dede Griesbauer USA 00:52:21 DNF
Kate Bevilaqua AUS 00:55:14 DNF
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