2017 Fast Times, Great Performances – Part 8: Overall (Men)

Fastest Times

The trend of an increasing number of fast times is continuing on the men’s side as well. While the there were only a handful in 2011 to 14, that number increased to eleven in 2015, 13 in 2016 and now 19 in 2017. The fastest time in 2017 was Tim Don’s 7:40 in Brasil, the second-fastest time ever on the IM-distance.

Rank Name Actual Time Race
1 Tim Don 07:40:23 IM Brasil on 2017-05-28
2 Sebastian Kienle 07:48:11 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
3 Antony Costes 07:49:19 IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30
4 Matt Hanson 07:52:44 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
5 Mike Phillips 07:52:50 IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30
6 Michael Weiss 07:53:27 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
7 Lionel Sanders 07:54:10 IM Arizona on 2017-11-19
8 Ronnie Schildknecht 07:56:21 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
9 Jan Frodeno 07:57:20 IM Austria on 2017-07-02
10 Viktor Zyemtsev 07:58:03 IM Barcelona on 2017-09-30
11 Tyler Butterfield 07:58:29 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
12 Ivan Rana 07:58:39 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26
13 Ben Hoffman 07:58:40 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02
14 Will Clarke 07:59:02 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
15 Bart Aernouts 07:59:07 Challenge Roth on 2017-07-09
16 Nils Frommhold 07:59:30 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02
17 Kirill Kotshegarov 07:59:32 IM Texas on 2017-04-22
18 Joe Skipper 07:59:39 Challenge Almere on 2017-09-10
19 Stefan Schmid 07:59:44 IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26

Best Performances

As on the female side, the best performances are dominated by the Kona results: The new course record by Patrick Lange is the best performance overall, while the Kona Top 5 take ranks 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6. Only Lionel Sanders and James Cunnama managed to have two of the ten best performances, their Kona races are complemented by wins with a fast time in Arizona and Hamburg.

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Patrick Lange 07:54:54 08:01:40 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
2 Lionel Sanders 07:57:19 08:04:07 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
3 David McNamee 08:00:20 08:07:11 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
4 Tim Don 08:02:16 07:40:23 IM Brasil on 2017-05-28
5 Sebastian Kienle 08:03:06 08:09:59 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
6 James Cunnama 08:04:29 08:11:24 IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14
7 Lionel Sanders 08:05:00 07:54:10 IM Arizona on 2017-11-19
8 James Cunnama 08:05:19 08:00:36 IM Hamburg on 2017-08-13
9 Ben Hoffman 08:06:04 07:58:40 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02
10 Jan Frodeno 08:06:09 07:57:20 IM Austria on 2017-07-02

2017 Ratings

With his Kona win, Patrick Lange has stormed to the front of the overall rankings. He has a solid gap to the next athletes, but his low number of IM races so far means that one weaker result could see him drop back quite a bit. But so far he’s been able to race well in each of his IM races (a win at a shortened IM Texas, third in Kona, a controlled sixth place at IM Frankfurt to qualify and a win in Kona), it appears that he is able to maximize his potential.

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Foto: Patrick winning IM Kona, celebrated by six-time winners Dave Scott and Mark Allen. Credit: Ingo Kutsche

Behind Patrick, there are two more Germans: Sebastian Kienle after a good season but without the crowning achievement in Kona he was looking for and Jan Frodeno who had a solid summer IM but then problems in Kona but still finishing. Both of them will already be planning for Kona 2018 and how to put even more pressure on Patrick and the other top contenders.

After fast races in 2016, Patrik Nilsson put this year’s focus on Kona and was able to continue with his solid improvements. A third in Frankfurt and an eight in Kona indicate his potential. Lionel Sanders and David McNamee made huge steps forward in their Kona racing. Lionel had a great all-around day to finish second and David took third after missing out on a Top 10 result for a few years before. Both appeared happy with their achievements but hungry for more.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 (-) Patrick Lange GER 07:57:26 (n/a) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 3
2 (2) Sebastian Kienle GER 08:06:07 (-2:25) IM Cozumel on 2017-11-26 16
3 (1) Jan Frodeno GER 08:08:38 (+9:19) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 9
4 (8) Patrik Nilsson SWE 08:11:15 (-8:06) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 9
5 (22) Lionel Sanders CAN 08:12:13 (-14:34) IM Arizona on 2017-11-19 8
6 (5) Andi Boecherer GER 08:12:34 (-4:39) IM Germany on 2017-07-09 15
7 (3) Brent McMahon CAN 08:14:00 (-2:06) IM Arizona on 2017-11-19 9
8 (18) David McNamee GBR 08:15:59 (-9:11) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 7
9 (19) Ben Hoffman USA 08:17:42 (-7:36) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 19
10 (6) Andy Potts USA 08:18:14 (+1:01) IM Hawaii on 2017-10-14 18
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