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Ironman Brasil 2018 – Analyzing Results

Course ConditionsNewImage

As usual, Brasil was a quick course, and the winners were under 9 hours (Kirsty Jahn) and just over 8 hours (Jesper Svensson in his first IM). But compared to what is typical for Floripa, the course and times were slow this year. The adjustment for this year was 13:43 minutes, about 12 minutes slower than last year and well under the new course rating of 21:25. Both the bike and the run were slower on average than previously and no new course records were set.

Male Race Results

Before the race the Brasilien athletes seemed to be set for a home win – but from the start Jesper Svensson dominated the race. He posted the fastest swim and bike, and a solid 2:55 marathon was more than sufficient for the win. Igor Amorelli worked hard on the marathon to eat into Jesper’s lead, but just when it seemed that he might reduce the gap, Jesper was able to increase the pace again. Igor finished second, followed by his country man Thiago Vinhal.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Jesper Svensson SWE 00:43:47 04:23:43 02:55:40 08:08:06 n/a US$ 8,000 2000
2 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:44:45 04:28:17 02:57:05 08:14:29 -05:32 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Thiago Vinhal BRA 00:46:37 04:38:00 02:50:25 08:19:11 -13:44 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Frank Silvestrin BRA 00:46:27 04:38:06 02:52:08 08:21:03 -17:38 US$ 2,500 960
5 Guilherme Manocchio BRA 00:46:35 04:29:43 03:01:13 08:22:16 -03:58 US$ 1,500 720
6 Anton Blokhin BLR 00:46:30 04:38:24 02:58:57 08:28:05 -06:18 US$ 1,000 540
7 Luis Henrique Ohde BRA 00:46:39 04:38:37 03:05:45 08:35:30 08:21   405
8 Luiz Francisco Paiva Ferreira BRA 00:43:51 04:41:23 03:10:29 08:40:40 -34:13   305
9 Felipe De Oliveira Manente BRA 00:51:12 04:47:34 03:06:29 08:51:07 -15:39   230
10 Fabio Carvalho BRA 00:46:36 04:34:50 03:25:30 08:52:19 -02:52   170
11 Inaki De La Parra POL 00:54:26 04:53:43 03:38:42 09:32:40 27:15   120
12 Marcus Vinicius Fernandes BRA 00:43:50 04:54:46 03:55:17 09:39:08 n/a   85

Female Race Results

There were a lot more changes in the female race. Haley Chura was leading the race in the swim and for most of the bike. But Kirsty Jahn had the best bike split and was able to take the lead in the second half of the bike. An excellent 3:01 marathon allowed her to finish in sub-9 and with a solid margin. Second place went to Sarah Piampiano. As usual Sarah lost time in the swim to the rest of the field, but by T2 she had moved into fourth position, and was then able to run the race-best 2:58 marathon (her first sub-3). Bruna Mahn also had a good marathon, she was quickly able to overtake Haley Chura who ended up in fourth place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Kirsty Jahn CAN 00:53:27 04:55:14 03:01:05 08:54:57 -19:24 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Sarah Piampiano USA 00:58:04 05:01:33 02:58:21 09:03:33 -04:39 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Bruna Mahn BRA 00:52:37 05:06:21 03:07:15 09:10:37 -33:35 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Haley Chura USA 00:47:29 05:08:20 03:23:48 09:25:07 10:51 US$ 2,500 960
5 Pamela Tastets CHI 00:52:38 05:16:11 03:27:06 09:41:13 11:18 US$ 1,500 720
6 Carolina Furriela BRA 00:52:32 05:43:08 03:26:29 10:11:04 n/a US$ 1,000 540

Kona Qualifying Implications

Here are the category changes for Kona Pro Qualifying:

  • Safe for a July slot: Sarah Piampiano, Igor Amorelli
  • Bubble (around the projected cutoff): Kirsty Jahn 
  • Close (but more points needed): Haley Chura, Thiago Vinhal, Jesper Svensson

Ironman Brasil 2018 (May 27th) – Seedings

NewImagePrevious Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2005 Olaf Sabatschus (GER) 08:50:37 Joanna Zeiger (USA) 09:31:43
2006 Oscar Galindez (ARG) 08:15:19 Lisbeth Kristensen (DEN) 09:20:47
2007 Oscar Galindez (ARG) 08:21:09 Nina Kraft (GER) 09:12:40
2008 Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 08:28:24 Fernanda Keller (BRA) 09:42:50
2009 Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 08:13:39 Dede Griesbauer (USA) 09:10:15
2010 Luke McKenzie (AUS) 08:07:38 Tereza Macel (CZE) 09:19:12
2011 Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 08:13:12 Amy Marsh (USA) 09:07:49
2012 Ezequiel Morales (ARG) 08:22:40 Sofie Goos (BEL) 09:17:42
2013 Timothy O’Donnell (USA) 08:01:32 Amanda Stevens (USA) 09:05:53
2014 Igor Amorelli (BRA) 08:07:54 Sara Gross (CAN) 08:56:35
2015 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 07:53:44 Ariane Monticeli (BRA) 08:59:08
2016 Brent McMahon (CAN) 07:46:10 Elizabeth Lyles (USA) 08:54:10
2017 Tim Don (GBR) 07:40:23 Susie Cheetham (GBR) 08:52:00

Last Year’s TOP 3

Here’s the link to the full results from IM Brasil 2017.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Tim Don GBR 00:44:16 04:06:56 02:44:46 07:40:23
2 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:47:12 04:28:48 02:45:18 08:05:43
3 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:44:23 04:27:20 02:51:00 08:06:58

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Susie Cheetham GBR 00:50:42 04:53:02 03:02:41 08:52:00
2 Sonja Tajsich GER 00:55:42 04:53:48 03:02:41 08:57:36
3 Haley Chura USA 00:48:09 04:55:18 03:09:30 08:58:45

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 07:40:23 Tim Don 2017-05-28
Swim overall 00:42:26 Luke McKenzie 2010-05-30
Bike overall 04:06:56 Tim Don 2017-05-28
Run overall 02:42:52 Brent McMahon 2016-05-29
Total female 08:52:00 Susie Cheetham 2017-05-28
Swim female 00:45:48 Dede Griesbauer 2010-05-30
Bike female 04:46:38 Jessie Donavan 2014-05-25
Run female 02:56:28 Ariane Monticeli 2015-05-31

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM Brasil is 22:03.

Race Adjustments for IM Brasil

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2006 26:07 02:15 07:01 04:41 37 26:07 02:15 07:01 04:41
2007 19:38 00:14 07:38 03:25 40 22:52 01:15 07:19 04:03
2008 13:11 -06:09 14:07 -00:36 45 19:38 -01:13 09:35 02:30
2009 22:14 00:15 11:28 04:42 39 20:17 -00:51 10:03 03:03
2010 26:28 04:18 09:25 00:26 42 21:32 00:11 09:56 02:32
2011 25:42 n/a n/a n/a 29 22:13 00:11 09:56 02:32
2012 20:18 02:37 22:28 -05:16 32 21:57 00:35 12:01 01:14
2013 18:33 02:57 17:03 03:13 41 of 45 21:31 00:55 12:44 01:31
2014 26:59 00:48 22:40 04:39 34 of 40 22:08 00:54 13:59 01:54
2015 21:31 00:23 19:50 05:47 33 of 47 22:04 00:51 14:38 02:20
2016 18:17 -00:21 18:20 03:49 27 of 39 21:43 00:44 15:00 02:29
2017 25:40 04:11 16:19 08:19 35 of 47 22:03 01:03 15:07 03:01

KPR points and Prize Money

IM Brasil is a P-2000 race. It has a total prize purse of 40.000 US$.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 7% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 3 Igor Amorelli BRA 08:07:48 08:32:35 00:46:16 04:20:31 05:11:46 02:56:02 55% +11% -34% (17) 59
2 18 Fabio Carvalho BRA 08:09:57 09:18:05 00:46:32 04:27:09 05:18:41 02:51:16 1% +28% -72% (13) (206)
3 7 Reinaldo Colucci BRA 08:15:12 09:01:02 00:46:18 04:24:26 05:15:44 02:59:28 2% +44% -54% (8) 153
4 6 Guilherme Manocchio BRA 08:16:17 08:39:00 00:49:11 04:25:47 05:19:57 02:56:20 66% +18% -16% (13) (77)
5 4 Thiago Vinhal BRA 08:16:49 08:45:36 00:47:25 04:31:33 05:23:58 02:52:51 47% +47% -6% (14) 92
6 8 Luis Henrique Ohde BRA 08:17:44 08:45:27 00:47:43 04:29:57 05:22:40 02:55:04 100% +0% -0% (3) 90
7 28 Philipp Koutny SUI 08:21:28 08:47:47 00:50:27 04:26:55 05:22:21 02:59:07 56% +0% -44% (8) 103
8 16 Anton Blokhin BLR 08:23:56 08:52:35 00:49:12 04:30:02 05:24:14 02:59:42 63% +18% -19% (24) 123
9 5 Frank Silvestrin BRA 08:26:33 08:56:44 00:48:35 04:34:52 05:28:27 02:58:06 70% +27% -3% (9) 138
10 13 Felipe Santos BRA 08:30:12 09:06:12 00:46:39 04:37:59 05:29:38 03:00:34 38% +62% -0% (2) (168)
11 19 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 08:30:35 09:01:03 00:50:14 04:24:58 05:20:12 03:10:23 48% +16% -36% (17) 154
12 11 Urs Mueller SUI 08:45:59 09:16:04 00:51:45 04:31:51 05:28:36 03:17:23 51% +22% -27% (7) 200
13 14 Felipe De Oliveira Manente BRA 08:52:05 09:25:52 00:53:05 04:43:21 05:41:26 03:10:39 39% +5% -56% (9) 229
14 10 Inaki De La Parra POL 08:59:47 09:36:56 00:58:03 04:33:58 05:37:01 03:22:46 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (256)
15 12 Vinicius Canhedo BRA 09:00:39 09:50:57 00:49:52 04:42:47 05:37:39 03:23:00 24% +0% -76% (4) (273)
16 29 Luiz Francisco Paiva Ferreira BRA 09:01:10 09:39:33 00:46:15 04:38:02 05:29:17 03:31:53 100% +0% -0% (2) (261)
17 32 Diego Vasquez ECU 09:13:30 09:51:36 00:53:42 04:47:43 05:46:25 03:27:05 100% +0% -0% (2) (275)
18 30 Roberto Rivera Cabrera CHI 09:39:39 10:21:05 00:55:16 05:07:36 06:07:53 03:31:46 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (291)
19 26 Gaston Duran ARG 09:43:26 10:32:58 00:57:39 05:08:14 06:10:53 03:32:33 4% +0% -96% (2) (296)
20 17 Aleksander Kochetkov LTU 10:28:42 11:11:58 01:07:22 05:24:09 06:36:31 03:52:11 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (302)
9 Jesper Svensson SWE n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
15 Bruno Joaquim BRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
27 Marcus Vinicius Fernandes BRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated 0% +0% -100% (2) (n/a)
31 Felipe Van de Wyngard CHI n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 8% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 21 Sarah Piampiano USA 09:00:09 09:22:01 01:00:59 04:49:04 05:55:03 03:05:06 76% +8% -16% (21) 19
2 22 Haley Chura USA 09:03:54 09:28:38 00:49:33 04:54:33 05:49:06 03:14:48 83% +7% -10% (11) 30
3 23 Kirsty Jahn CAN 09:04:08 09:39:22 00:54:23 04:55:53 05:55:15 03:08:53 65% +0% -35% (3) (46)
4 24 Pamela Tastets CHI 09:16:20 09:50:32 00:56:00 04:57:16 05:58:16 03:18:04 100% +0% -0% (3) 71
5 34 Camilla Lindholm Borg SWE 09:17:18 09:48:08 01:05:02 04:55:19 06:05:22 03:11:56 74% +10% -16% (19) 60
6 20 Bruna Mahn BRA 09:30:37 10:04:10 00:56:36 05:12:13 06:13:49 03:16:48 44% +56% -0% (4) 90
25 Nayara Luniere BRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
33 Carolina Furriela BRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

For the male side, it looks as if the home country can look forward to their first home win since 2014 .. it might even be a repeat win by Igor Amorelli:

  • Igor Amorelli: 31% (2-1)
  • Thiago Vinhal: 19% (4-1)
  • Guilherme Manocchio: 18% (5-1)
  • Reinaldo Colucci: 11% (8-1)
  • Fabio Carvalho: 10% (9-1)
  • Philipp Koutny: 8% (12-1)
  • Anton Blokhin: 2% (56-1)
  • Luis Henrique Ohde: 2% (64-1)

Female Race Participants

The US has a number of female winners at IM Brasil: Dede Griesbauer, Amanda Stevens and Liz Lyles – with this year’s field there are good chances for the next one:

  • Sarah Piampiano: 53% (1-1)
  • Haley Chura: 27% (3-1)
  • Kirsty Jahn: 12% (7-1)
  • Camilla Lindholm Borg: 5% (18-1)
  • Pamela Tastets: 2% (59-1)

Ironman Brasil 2018 (May 27th) – Entry List

The last year’s IM Brasil was the Regional Championship for South America (i.e. a P-4000 race with a large prize purse and Automatic Qualifier slots for the winners), this year it’s back to a “normal” P-2000 race (and a reduced purse of $40.000).

Male Race Participants

Name Nation KPR points KPR races
Igor Amorelli BRA 4040 2+2 (1280/500)
Thiago Vinhal BRA 1900 1+0
Reinaldo Colucci BRA 1000 1+2 (235/330)
Urs Mueller SUI 575 2+0
Frank Silvestrin BRA 535 1+2 (230/85)
Vinicius Canhedo BRA 245 0+2 (0/5)
Bruno Joaquim BRA 240 0+2 (0/100)
Felipe Santos BRA 225 0+2 (0/45)
Inaki De La Parra POL 30 1+0
Aleksander Kochetkov LTU 0 0+0
Guilherme Manocchio BRA 0 0+0

Female Race Participants

Name Nation KPR points KPR races
Sarah Piampiano USA 4010 2+2 (720/540)
Haley Chura USA 2915 1+2 (705/920)
Kirsty Jahn CAN 2590 1+1
Bruna Mahn BRA 1375 1+2 (540/400)
Nayara Luniere BRA 0 0+0

Ironman Brasil 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

As usual, the winning times in Brasil have been very fast. But while the top three women have gone sub-9 (and and the next three were less than two minutes above 9 hours), only the male winner Tim Don went sub-8. But what a sub-8 time it was! Tim Don’s 7:40:23 is the second fastest time ever on the full Ironman distance.

Looking at the averages, this year’s race in Florianopolis (adjustment of 25:40) was a bit faster than typical (course rating of 22:03). This year both the swim and the run were quicker than normal. The bike was pretty normal – with the exception of Tim Don’s bike split of 4:06:56 (new bike course record, improving on Marino Vanhoenacker’s 4:11:23 from 2015). Of course Tim also posted a new overall course record, as did female winner Susie Cheetham. Susie’s 8:52:00 improved on Liz Lyles’ 8:54 from last year.

Male Race Results

The swim resulted in a pretty big group leaving T1, but as soon as Tim Don was on the bike, he took control of the race. He was putting four minutes into the rest of the field within 30k, the gap was 10 minutes after 90k and grew to more than 20 minutes in T2. It seems that being in the lead provides some extra power in Brazil (possibly from the lead moto?), we’ve seen a race similar development last year when Brent gapped the rest of the field on the bike. I don’t want to take away from Tim’s race (his run split proved he was the strongest on race day), but the way the race unfolded raises serious questions. Ironman needs to look into them and improve the fairness of the race for next year in order to provide an environment that is in line with Brasil’s Regional Championship status. After Tim’s massive bike split there was some doubt whether he might have overpriced, but he also posted the fast run of the day, winning the race with a gap of 25 minutes.

Second place went to Kyle Buckingham who was only in the second bigger bike group. He had the second best run and was able to overtake everyone but Tim, securing second place by just one minute. The next four spots went to Brazilians: Igor Amorelli had a very balanced race taking third place, Reinaldo Colucci was in the Top 3 for most of the day but ended up in fourth, while Thiago Vinhal and Luis Ohde had solid days to finish fifth and sixth.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Tim Don GBR 00:44:16 04:06:56 02:44:46 07:40:23 -25:22 US$ 30,000 4000
2 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:47:12 04:28:48 02:45:18 08:05:43 -04:55 US$ 15,000 3400
3 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:44:23 04:27:20 02:51:00 08:06:58 -07:04 US$ 8,000 2890
4 Reinaldo Colucci BRA 00:44:22 04:26:58 02:53:58 08:10:04 -19:33 US$ 6,500 2455
5 Thiago Vinhal BRA 00:45:44 04:30:08 02:50:35 08:11:46 -19:39 US$ 5,000 2090
6 Luis Henrique Ohde BRA 00:46:18 04:30:15 02:51:29 08:12:45 -06:38 US$ 3,500 1670
7 Patrick Evoe USA 00:51:07 04:26:30 02:54:04 08:16:26 -15:59 US$ 2,500 1335
8 Mario De Elias ARG 00:48:51 04:37:40 02:48:05 08:19:17 -05:58 US$ 2,000 1070
9 Fellipe Santos BRA 00:44:27 04:38:05 02:55:49 08:23:40 -18:14 US$ 1,500 855
10 Philipp Koutny SUI 00:50:58 04:35:21 02:56:00 08:27:27 01:17 US$ 1,000 685
11 Frank Silvestrin BRA 00:47:16 04:39:24 03:01:38 08:32:56 05:56 515
12 Felipe De Oliveira Manente BRA 00:51:05 04:44:47 03:06:36 08:48:53 -11:49 385
13 Luiz Francisco Paiva Ferreira BRA 00:44:12 04:39:49 03:27:28 08:56:45 -18:03 290
14 Vinicius Canhedo BRA 00:47:36 04:44:32 03:19:05 08:56:45 n/a 215
15 Andreas Raelert GER 00:44:30 04:27:16 03:45:59 09:02:20 1:03:24 160
16 Harry Wiltshire GBR 00:44:14 05:13:51 03:01:50 09:05:05 39:34 120
17 Rodrigo Sanchez ARG 00:55:55 05:18:38 03:02:55 09:25:31 n/a 90
18 Christian Carletto ARG 00:53:18 04:56:24 03:40:06 09:36:43 18:35 70
19 Eduardo Diaz ARG 00:56:08 05:19:17 03:39:37 10:03:06 n/a 50
20 Diego Vasquez ECU 00:57:20 04:48:10 05:27:30 11:21:40 n/a 40
Brent McMahon CAN 00:47:04 04:29:24 DNF
Paul Matthews AUS 00:44:21 04:32:27 DNF
Pedro Gomes POR 00:48:54 04:37:40 DNF
Barrett Brandon USA 00:44:27 DNF
Matt Chrabot USA 00:46:35 DNF
Eneko Llanos ESP 00:47:40 DNF
Fabio Carvalho BRA 00:48:49 DNF
Bruno Matheus BRA 00:48:59 DNF
Josef Svoboda CZE 01:07:21 DNF

Female Race Results

While Tim was leading the race pretty much from start to finish and building his lead all day, there were a lot more position changes in the female race. As expected Haley Chura was the T1 leader, after the swim there weren’t many athletes close to each other. Susie Cheetham was just two and a half minutes back, and it took even Susie 90k to make up the gap to Haley. Behind them there formed a larger group which was lead for a long time by Mareen Hufe, taking  a large number of females along to sub-5-hour bike splits. Mareen was able to break away from the others only in the last 30k of the bike, so in T2 she was three minutes behind Haley and Susie, having posted the fastest bike split of the day.

On the run Haley wasn’t quite ready to accept that Susie was the stronger runner, but in the end Susie’s 3:02 marathon proved to be too strong for Haley and the rest of the field. Susie worked hard in the last part  to be sure she’d go sub-9, she posted a new course record and won the race with a gap of more than five minutes. Behind her there were a few last minute changes: Second place went to Sonja Tajsich (running exactly the same split as Susie) who had the best run of women in the bike chase group. She was able to beat Haley (who finished third) by just one minute, Sonja and and Haley also went sub-9. Fourth place went to Gurutze Frades by 13 seconds over Linsey Corbin who had to sit out a bike penalty in T2. Linsey passed Mareen late on the run, Mareen ended up just 31 seconds behind Linsey in sixth place. The best marathon of the day – a 2:58 – was run by Kristin Moeller, but she had lost too much time on the bike to finish better than 11th.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Susie Cheetham GBR 00:50:42 04:53:02 03:02:41 08:52:00 03:01 US$ 30,000 4000
2 Sonja Tajsich GER 00:55:42 04:53:48 03:02:41 08:57:36 -09:53 US$ 15,000 3400
3 Haley Chura USA 00:48:09 04:55:18 03:09:30 08:58:45 -09:30 US$ 8,000 2890
4 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 00:55:38 04:53:20 03:06:42 09:01:00 -18:22 US$ 6,500 2455
5 Linsey Corbin USA 00:54:41 04:54:12 03:01:45 09:01:13 07:59 US$ 5,000 2090
6 Mareen Hufe GER 00:55:31 04:51:16 03:09:15 09:01:44 -02:34 US$ 3,500 1670
7 Annah Watkinson ZAF 00:55:35 04:53:44 03:10:04 09:04:59 -07:54 US$ 2,500 1335
8 Pamela Tastets CHI 00:53:08 04:55:51 03:12:57 09:07:56 -04:48 US$ 2,000 1070
9 Elisabeth Gruber AUT 00:55:33 05:04:39 03:00:38 09:08:16 02:53 US$ 1,500 855
10 Magali Tisseyre CAN 00:50:15 04:58:40 03:14:12 09:09:49 n/a US$ 1,000 685
11 Kristin Moeller GER 00:55:33 05:12:47 02:58:42 09:12:43 -03:40 515
12 Bruna Mahn BRA 00:54:42 05:14:51 03:12:16 09:27:26 -18:09 385
13 Nicole Valentine USA 00:55:32 05:09:51 03:19:40 09:30:37 -12:25 290
14 Mariana Andrade BRA 00:55:13 05:00:16 04:02:48 10:03:52 12:16 215
15 Erika Simon ARG 00:59:14 05:30:17 03:33:44 10:10:53 n/a 160
Brooke Brown CAN 00:58:17 05:12:10 DNF
Celine Schaerer SUI 00:49:11 DNF
Carolin Lehrieder GER 00:53:04 DNF

Kona Qualifying Implications

Here’s the notable changes in Kona Qualifying on the male side (projected July cutoff 3.500 points):

  • Automatic Qualifier: Tim Don
  • Safe for a July slot: Kyle Buckingham (6.450), Igor Amorelli (3.933)
  • On the Bubble (might be enough, but maybe not): Thiago Vinhal (3.725), Reinaldo Colucci (3.390)
  • Close (but more points needed): Patrick Evoe (3.163)

On the female side (projected cutoff 4.300 points):

  • Automatic Qualifier: Susie Cheetham
  • Safe for a July slot: Mareen Hufe (5.020), Gurutze Frades (4.915), Linsey Corbin (4,725)
  • On the Bubble (might be enough, but maybe not): Haley Chura (4.180)
  • Close (but more points needed): Sonja Tajsich (3.400), Lisi Gruber (3.175)

TriTrivia for IM Brasil

Here are a few “fun questions” about the top female and male contenders for IM Brasil. Can you guess which athletes I’m referring to? (If you need some help, the full Pro startlist can be found here. The solutions are posted at the bottom.)

  1. He/she finished second at IM South Africa with a wire in the arm as a pin for a broken elbow.
  2. He/she dropped the Kona GPS tracker in a porta-loo.
  3. He/she strained a muscle on the bike portion of IM Austria, but still ran a marathon PR.
  4. He/she had a Kona meltdown of PNF proportions .. running in 8th place at 37k, eventually finishing 21st.
  5. He/she started Kona with what turned out to be a broken fibula – a DNF probably prevented more severe damage.
  6. He/she tore a ligament in the hand, requiring a three week break from swimming and missing some early 2017 races.
  7. After Kona last year, he/she added a new member to the family .. a cute puppy.

If you need some hints, check out my previews for the male and female races, the athletes that “match” the facts above are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Susie Cheetham
  2. Haley Chura
  3. Linsey Corbin
  4. Tim Don
  5. Mareen Hufe
  6. Brent McMahon
  7. Andreas Raelert

Here are the matches: 1A 2D 3G 4E 5B 6F 7C

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