ITU Long Distance World Championships 2015 in Motala, Sweden (June 27th)

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Update (June 22nd): Asa Lundstroem announced that she is focused on qualifying for Kona and won’t be able to start in Motala. There are also rumors that because of low water temperatures the swim will be shortened or changed to a run.

Update (June 23rd): There have been a few changes to the start list. Most notably, Camilla Pedersen is now defending her title from last year. 

The ITU Long Distance World Championships are contested over the “Nice Distance” of 4k swim, 120k bike and 30k run. It’s an interesting distance that puts some more weight on swimming and while it is obviously longer than the “middle distance” of half-IMs it does not require the prolonged recovery of a full distance Ironman race. (The Ratings shown in the start lists below are based on Ironman distance races, they are only an indication of each athlete’s capabilities and not a prediction of their time on the course.)

Winning the race is quite prestigious, and the event has always attracted a few big names. Some recent winners on the male side are Tim O’Donnell (2009), Jordan Rapp (2011), Chris McCormack (2012) and Bertrand Billard (2013 and 2014). Some women’s winners are Leanda Cave (2008), Chrissie Wellington (2009), Carolin Steffen (2010 and 2012), Rachel Joyce (2011), Melissa Hauschildt (2013) and Camilla Pedersen (2014).

This year’s event is held in Motala, Sweden, celebrating the 50th anniversary of 300km Vätternrundan, the biggest recreational bike ride worldwide (roughly 18.000 finishers per year).

Male Race Participants

Rank Name Nation Expected Time Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating Overall
1 Dirk Bockel LUX n/a 08:21:49 00:47:03 04:33:05 02:58:48 4
2 Ronnie Schildknecht SUI n/a 08:27:12 00:51:27 04:37:30 02:55:07 12
3 Cyril Viennot FRA n/a 08:33:18 00:50:48 04:40:56 02:57:29 28
4 Rasmus Henning DEN n/a 08:33:32 00:47:21 04:38:13 03:04:28 (29)
5 Martin Jensen DEN n/a 08:33:58 00:48:23 04:38:15 02:55:14 (30)
6 Joe Gambles AUS n/a 08:40:06 00:48:35 04:44:27 03:03:45 49
7 Patrik Nilsson SWE n/a 08:40:33 00:48:43 04:41:57 03:03:18 52
8 Joe Skipper GBR n/a 08:43:20 00:53:18 04:41:44 02:57:44 58
9 Henrik Hyldelund DEN n/a 08:46:01 00:47:39 04:38:03 03:11:03 65
10 Andrej Vistica CRO n/a 08:46:44 00:52:46 04:42:53 03:01:40 68
11 Filip Ospaly CZE n/a 08:47:06 00:47:02 04:53:13 03:03:34 72
12 Jarmo Hast FIN n/a 08:47:27 00:50:32 04:52:38 03:01:18 75
13 Peter Robertson AUS n/a 08:53:49 00:47:56 04:47:16 03:05:51 (98)
14 Alberto Casadei ITA n/a 08:57:55 00:47:33 04:55:31 03:02:43 119
15 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS n/a 08:59:26 00:48:29 04:55:55 03:12:00 123
16 Pontus Lindberg SWE n/a 09:00:08 00:53:14 04:53:58 03:04:25 129
17 David Naesvik SWE n/a 09:07:25 00:54:37 04:48:33 03:15:05 154
18 Ritchie Nicholls GBR n/a 09:08:04 00:48:57 05:01:31 02:59:15 (158)
19 Tohara Kaito JPN n/a 09:13:38 00:54:19 05:07:19 03:01:49 184
20 Andreas Niedrig GER n/a 09:15:38 00:47:36 04:49:38 03:36:30 192
21 Kuniaki Takahama JPN n/a 09:16:01 00:48:27 05:16:41 02:58:35 (193)
22 Bertrand Billard FRA n/a 09:17:42 00:48:05 04:39:58 03:35:16 (197)
23 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE n/a 09:20:24 00:49:21 04:52:05 03:30:16 215
Gustavo Rodriguez ESP n/a 09:25:37 00:53:22 04:57:51 03:18:03 (243)
24 Fredrik Carlen SWE n/a 09:33:09 00:54:07 04:58:36 03:25:16 (267)
25 Georgy Kaurov RUS n/a 09:33:14 00:49:42 04:57:10 03:23:57 (267)
26 John Hirsch USA n/a 09:47:08 00:54:59 05:14:56 03:23:59 315
27 Eddy Lamers NED n/a 10:05:25 00:51:47 04:55:04 03:56:30 (378)
28 Evgeniy Nikitin RUS n/a 10:19:03 00:51:31 05:15:52 03:59:06 417
29 Ruedi Wild SUI n/a 10:56:00 00:48:54 04:47:12 04:47:47 (458)
30 Aleksandr Kocetkov LTU n/a 11:09:43 01:07:45 05:40:09 03:53:54 (463)
31 Diederik Scheltinga NED n/a 11:43:33 00:52:16 05:26:42 04:54:56 (465)
Josh Amberger AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Juan Manuel Asconape ARG n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Sam Betten AUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
George Bjalkemo SWE n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Alexey Brylev RUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Jonathan Ciavattella ITA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Jose Estrangeiro PRT n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Hector Fonseca CRC n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Kim Harju FIN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Mikita Hryhoryeu POL n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Joel Jokinen FIN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Ken Koike JPN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Daniel Mugica Corrales ESP n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Attila Szabó HUN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Nikolay Yaroshenko RUS n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)

Female Race Participants

Rank Name Nation Expected Time Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating Overall
1 Mary Beth Ellis USA n/a 09:17:08 00:50:41 05:07:00 03:15:37 7
Camilla Pedersen DEN n/a 09:24:46 00:51:00 05:06:40 03:18:23 19
2 Asa Lundstroem SWE n/a 09:32:35 01:00:14 05:12:37 03:17:22 29
3 Eva Nystroem SWE n/a 09:43:22 01:03:35 05:11:40 03:23:53 (49)
4 Ariane Monticeli BRA n/a 09:53:18 01:02:59 05:29:19 03:13:41 70
5 Camilla Lindholm SWE n/a 10:07:08 01:10:01 05:22:31 03:22:10 99
Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP n/a 10:13:14 01:02:51 05:37:42 03:19:08 (111)
6 Lena Holmgren SWE n/a 10:13:53 01:06:07 05:29:07 03:21:23 (111)
7 Emma Graaf SWE n/a 10:19:00 00:59:24 05:27:51 03:41:13 126
8 Maki Nishiuchi JPN n/a 10:23:56 00:53:42 05:36:48 03:47:54 138
Amy Forshaw GBR n/a 10:30:08 01:03:27 05:39:24 03:33:22 150
Vanessa Pereira POR n/a 10:44:57 01:02:41 05:43:14 03:45:26 161
9 Venla Koivula FIN n/a 11:14:56 01:00:38 05:32:24 04:15:48 (165)
Ewa Bugdol POL n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Kaisa Lehtonen FIN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Hanna Maksimova BLR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Chino Nishimura JPN n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Mauren Solano CRC n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)
Annie Thoren SWE n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

Based on the Ironman-distance results, Dirk Bockel is a step above the rest of the field. I hope that he has recovered from the injuries that he was dealing with in the last years – too often he had one good result and then had to take some time off. He is challenged by a long list of European athletes such as Henrik Hyldelund (last year’s winner of IM Copenhagen), Patrik Nilsson (winner of IM Malaysia), Joe Skipper (having just delivered a fantastic race at IM Texas) and Martin Jensen (hopefully recovered from his injury after Challenge Dubai) and legends such as Ronnie Schildknecht or Rasmus Henning. Australia is represented Joe Gambles, Peter Robertson and Josh Amberger. If all these athletes actually start, it’ll be a very interesting race!

  • Dirk Bockel: 34% (2-1)
  • Henrik Hyldelund: 12% (7-1)
  • Patrik Nilsson: 12% (7-1)
  • Ronnie Schildknecht: 10% (9-1)
  • Joe Gambles: 7% (13-1)
  • Cyril Viennot: 7% (13-1)
  • Rasmus Henning: 7% (14-1)
  • Joe Skipper: 5% (18-1)
  • Martin Jensen: 3% (37-1)

Female Race Participants

Mary Beth Ellis is the clear favorite – it’ll be interesting to see if she’ll actually start and what form she’ll be in after her recent switch back to Brett Sutton coaching. Behind MBE, there are a number of Swedish athletes that would love to keep the title in their home country. Ariane Monticelli is the only notable non-European athlete in the field (other than MBE).

  • Mary Beth Ellis: 70% (1-1)
  • Asa Lundstroem: 18% (4-1)
  • Ariane Monticeli: 5% (19-1)
  • Eva Nystroem: 4% (24-1)
  • Camilla Lindholm: 2% (50-1)
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