2017 Fast Times, Great Performances – Part 2: Swim (Men)

This post looks at the best male swimmers after the 2017 season. There’s also a post on the fastest female swimmers and I will post on the bike, run and overall times in the next few days.

Fastest Times

As for the females, the current-assisted swim at IM Cozumel led to the fastest swim times in a 2017 Ironman race. (IM Chattanooga which also had a few fast female swims, was a WPRO-only race in 2017.) The fastest swim was a 39:17 by Jarrod Shoemaker, which is also the fastest IM swim time since 2014. The fastest non-Cozumel swim in 2017 was by Luiz Paiva with a 44:12 at IM Brasil.

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Jarrod Shoemaker 00:39:17 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
2 Ivan Rana 00:39:19 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
3 Andrey Lyatskiy 00:41:31 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
4 Michael Poole 00:41:32 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
5 Stefan Schmid 00:41:33 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
6 Oliver Gonzalez Miranda 00:41:34 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
7 Albert Moreno Molins 00:41:36 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
8 Sebastian Kienle 00:41:36 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
9 Alan Carrillo Avila 00:41:37 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
10 Samuel Huerzeler 00:41:38 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26

Best Performances

Almost everyone has been swimming fast at IM Cozumel, but a better indication of the best performances are normalized times that adjust based on how fast (or slow) a race has been. Based on these normalized times, the best swim performances were at IM New Zealand with five of the Top 6 performances – it seems as if a group of strong swimmers tried to get away from the rest of the field and pushed themselves to a hard pace. Marko Albert won that swim by just a few seconds.

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Marko Albert 00:45:37 00:48:01 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04
2 Clayton Fettell 00:45:39 00:48:03 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04
3 Terenzo Bozzone 00:45:44 00:48:08 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04
4 Braden Currie 00:45:46 00:48:11 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04
5 Jan Frodeno 00:46:12 00:46:29 IM Austria on 2017-07-02
6 Bryan Rhodes 00:46:12 00:48:38 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04
7 Josh Amberger 00:46:14 00:47:09 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
8 Clayton Fettell 00:46:22 00:45:19 IM Australia on 2017-05-07
9 Josh Amberger 00:46:22 00:47:15 IM Cairns on 2017-06-11
10 Clayton Fettell 00:46:23 00:47:16 IM Cairns on 2017-06-11

2017 Ratings

The best-rated Ironman swimmer at the end of 2017 is Clayton Fettell. At the end of 2016 his rating was impacted by two recent DNFs, in 2017 he was swimming extremely well. IM Kona swim leader Josh Amberger is now ranked in second place, jumping ahead of the more established swimmers such as Jan Frodeno, Marko Albert and Andy Potts.

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Foto: Clayton shortly before the start of IM Cairns. Credit: @koruptvision

The best-rated swimmer at the end of 2016 was Dylan McNeice. Dylan was forced to take most of the 2017 season off in order to recover from a hip procedure that should help him to avoid run injuries. Dylan is scheduled to return to racing at IM New Zealand in early March.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 (10) Clayton Fettell AUS 00:46:23 (-1:25) IM Cairns on 2017-06-11 8
2 (-) Josh Amberger AUS 00:46:49 (n/a) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 3
3 (2) Jan Frodeno GER 00:46:53 (+0:01) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 9
4 (4) Marko Albert EST 00:47:07 (-0:07) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 19
5 (3) Andy Potts USA 00:47:18 (+0:18) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 18
6 (-) Brad Kahlefeldt AUS 00:47:35 (n/a) Challenge Roth on 2017-07-09 3
7 (8) Michael Fox AUS 00:47:36 (+0:06) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 6
8 (7) Timothy O’Donnell USA 00:47:38 (+0:01) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 15
9 (-) Patrick Lange GER 00:47:38 (n/a) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 3
10 (13) Andi Boecherer GER 00:47:39 (-0:06) IM Germany on 2017-07-09 15
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