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Ironman Copenhagen 2019 – Analyzing Results

IMCPHCourse Conditions

The data does not indicate extremely fast conditions, an adjustment of 20:57 is in line with Copenhagens 20:51 course rating.

Nonetheless, Anne Haug delivered a crazy fast time. Her total of 8:31:32 is one of the fastest times ever, only Chrissie Wellington (twice in Roth), Daniela Ryf (once in Roth, once in Kona) and Lucy Charles (once in Roth) have ever been faster. Of course, this is a new course record and a new German fastest time. Her bike and run splits (4:37:28 and 2:57:26) are also new course records.

Kona Qualifying

Anne was finally able to validate her Automatic slot from finishing third on the Kona.

The one female slot that was available in Copenhagen went to third-place finisher Maja Stage Nielsen. (Second place finisher Camilla Pedersen already had a slot from her win at IM Wales.)

The full list of Kona Pro qualifiers can be found here.

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Anne Haug GER 00:51:04 04:37:28 02:57:26 08:31:32 -09:21 US$ 15,000
2 Camilla Pedersen DEN 00:51:02 04:39:14 03:14:48 08:49:23 -12:23 US$ 7,500
3 Maja Stage Nielsen DEN 00:54:27 04:51:03 03:12:12 09:02:49 00:09 US$ 5,000
4 Angela Naeth CAN 00:59:57   03:16:22 09:07:28 03:16 US$ 3,250
5 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:54:29 04:43:04 03:27:08 09:09:22 08:57 US$ 2,750
6 Simona Krivankova CZE 01:05:28 04:58:23 03:09:52 09:20:49 -04:56 US$ 2,000
7 Pleuni Hooijman NED 00:59:58 04:50:54 03:26:10 09:21:44 -22:20 US$ 1,500
8 Melanie Baumann SUI 01:11:29 04:53:41 03:22:39 09:35:14 -33:19 US$ 1,250
9 Alyssa Godesky USA 00:59:56 05:02:44 03:34:43 09:43:08 02:40 US$ 1,000
  Renee Kiley AUS 00:56:49     DNF    

Ironman Copenhagen 2019 (WPRO, Aug 18th) – Seedings

IMCPHUpdates:

  • Aug 8th: Helle Frederiksen has announced her retirement and won’t be racing. Corinne Abraham and Kim Morrison raced in Tallinn and secured their Kona slots.
    Angela Naeth also raced Tallinn (DNF), but she has posted pictures that show her training in Denmark, so she may actually start here.

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2010 Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 08:07:39 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 08:54:36
2011 Tim Van Berkel (AUS) 08:11:15 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 08:52:42
2012 Aaron Farlow (AUS) 08:20:09 Camilla Pedersen (DEN) 09:12:27
2013 Jens Petersen-Bach (DEN) 08:12:41 Eva Wutti (AUT) 08:37:36
2014 Henrik Hyldelund (DEN) 08:03:39 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 08:53:33
2015 Guilherme Manocchio (BRA) 08:14:56 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 08:59:49
2016 Patrik Nilsson (SWE) 07:49:18
2017 Michelle Vesterby (DEN) 09:00:19
2018 Cyril Viennot (FRA) 07:59:52

Last Race’s TOP 3

Male Race Results (2018)

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Cyril Viennot FRA 00:49:14 04:18:50 02:47:28 07:59:52
2 Kristian Hoegenhaug DEN 00:51:48 04:15:01 02:51:11 08:02:53
3 Giulio Molinari ITA 00:49:06 04:18:55 02:53:40 08:05:56

Female Race Results (2017)

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:53:02 04:48:02 03:15:05 09:00:19
2 Corinne Abraham GBR 01:00:21 04:53:20 03:09:51 09:08:06
3 Sofie Goos BEL 01:00:15 05:00:41 03:11:14 09:17:17

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 07:49:18 Patrik Nilsson 2016-08-21
Swim overall 00:45:22 Stephen Bayliss 2011-08-01
Bike overall 04:13:57 Andreas Raelert 2016-08-21
Run overall 02:38:58 Mads Vittrup 2011-08-01
Total female 08:37:36 Eva Wutti 2013-08-18
Swim female 00:48:29 Ann Lønnberg 2011-08-01
Bike female 04:39:58 Eva Wutti 2013-08-18
Run female 03:00:51 Eva Wutti 2013-08-18

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM Copenhagen is 20:51.

Race Adjustments for IM Copenhagen

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2010 32:50 02:43 15:34 14:33 24 32:50 02:43 15:34 14:33
2011 27:12 03:42 15:33 07:58 28 30:01 03:13 15:33 11:16
2012 17:56 02:32 12:10 03:15 19 26:00 02:59 14:25 08:37
2013 27:31 01:48 18:51 06:52 30 26:22 02:41 15:31 08:11
2014 15:52 02:08 11:11 02:33 27 of 35 24:16 02:35 14:39 07:03
2015 14:04 01:01 12:50 00:13 26 of 30 22:34 02:19 14:20 05:55
2016 10:41 00:25 14:42 -04:25 21 of 28 20:52 02:03 14:22 04:28
2017 15:19 -01:00 13:13 03:07 7 of 8 20:11 01:40 14:13 04:18
2018 26:10 02:11 19:12 04:47 21 of 35 20:51 01:44 14:47 04:21

Kona slots and Prize Money

IM Copenhagen has 1 Pro Kona slot. It has a total prize purse of 40.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 23% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 4 Anne Haug (AQ) GER 08:35:34 09:06:09 00:51:50 04:47:37 05:44:27 02:51:07 47% +53% -0% (2) (6)
2 11 Corinne Abraham GBR 08:50:12 09:13:14 00:57:24 04:44:15 05:46:39 03:03:33 69% +31% -0% (17) 11
3 2 Helle Frederiksen DEN 08:53:55 09:18:07 00:49:49 04:50:09 05:44:58 03:08:57 100% +0% -0% (2) (21)
4 16 Angela Naeth * CAN 08:56:45 09:36:49 00:57:24 04:42:41 05:45:05 03:11:40 2% +48% -50% (13) 51
5 1 Michelle Vesterby DEN 08:57:04 09:27:21 00:50:57 04:49:04 05:45:01 03:12:03 73% +1% -26% (27) 35
6 3 Camilla Pedersen (KQ) DEN 09:01:42 09:22:19 00:50:30 04:53:33 05:49:03 03:12:39 78% +0% -22% (11) 23
7 9 Kimberley Morrison GBR 09:01:50 09:34:10 00:53:23 04:40:28 05:38:51 03:22:59 66% +0% -34% (4) 48
8 5 Maja Stage Nielsen DEN 09:02:15 09:23:44 00:55:09 04:56:54 05:57:03 03:05:12 83% +0% -17% (6) 25
9 14 Meredith Hill AUS 09:15:05 09:51:54 00:57:36 04:52:08 05:54:44 03:20:21 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (74)
10 8 Saleta Castro Nogueira ESP 09:24:12 09:46:29 00:54:26 05:13:04 06:12:30 03:11:42 76% +20% -4% (19) 63
11 6 Simona Krivankova CZE 09:24:31 09:53:24 01:04:01 05:03:25 06:12:26 03:12:05 95% +5% -0% (10) 75
12 7 Alyssa Godesky USA 09:34:50 10:09:08 00:58:39 05:12:31 06:16:10 03:18:40 79% +16% -6% (21) (84)
13 13 Jenny Nae SWE 09:35:43 10:02:27 01:03:38 05:12:56 06:21:34 03:14:09 100% +0% -0% (3) 81
14 15 Renee Kiley AUS 09:39:23 10:19:31 00:58:16 05:03:55 06:07:11 03:32:12 64% +0% -36% (3) (101)
15 17 Pleuni Hooijman NED 09:41:40 10:11:55 01:03:28 04:55:01 06:03:30 03:38:10 43% +30% -27% (4) 89
16 10 Melanie Baumann SUI 10:08:07 10:43:33 01:14:05 05:12:57 06:32:02 03:36:05 73% +0% -27% (3) (117)
12 Sarah Lewis GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)

Note: Athletes with a ‘*’ are also registered for another race within 8 days.

Winning Odds

Female Race Participants

  • Corinne Abraham: 38% (2-1)
  • Anne Haug: 34% (2-1)
  • Michelle Vesterby: 12% (7-1)
  • Angela Naeth: 6% (15-1)
  • Helle Frederiksen: 5% (17-1)
  • Camilla Pedersen: 3% (33-1)

Ironman Copenhagen 2019 (WPRO only, Aug 18th) – Entry List

Updates

  • July 14th: Added Corinne Abraham, Saleta Castro Nogueira, Anne Haug, Meredith Hill, Sarah Lewis, Kimberley Morrison, Maja Stage Nielsen, and Michelle Vesterby; removed Emma Deary
  • July 27th: Added Jenny Nae, removed Saleta Castro

Kona Slots and Prize Money

IM Copenhagen has 1 Pro Kona slots. It has a total prize purse of 40.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

Female Race Participants

Name Nation
Corinne Abraham GBR
Melanie Baumann SUI
Helle Frederiksen DEN
Alyssa Godesky USA
Anne Haug (AQ) GER
Meredith Hill AUS
Pleuni Hooijman NED
Renee Kiley AUS
Simona Krivankova CZE
Sarah Lewis GBR
Kimberley Morrison GBR
Jenny Nae SWE
Angela Naeth CAN
Camilla Pedersen (KQ) DEN
Maja Stage Nielsen DEN
Michelle Vesterby DEN

Ironman Copenhagen 2018 – Analyzing Results

IMCPHCourse Conditions

Copenhagen 2018 was one of the fastest editions on this course, the adjustment of 26:11 was quite a bit faster than the new course rating of 20:51. Especially the bike was quick this year, Kristian Hoegenhaug was just over a minute outside the bike course record by Andi Raelert from 2016. The deep field made for interesting racing, even if we didn’t see any new course records.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Cyril Viennot FRA 00:49:14 04:18:50 02:47:28 07:59:52 -05:39 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Kristian Hoegenhaug DEN 00:51:48 04:15:01 02:51:11 08:02:53 -05:54 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Giulio Molinari ITA 00:49:06 04:18:55 02:53:40 08:05:56 -02:34 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Boris Stein GER 00:49:17 04:18:53 02:57:35 08:10:51 13:43 US$ 3,250 960
5 Markus Fachbach GER 00:49:12 04:19:40 03:00:28 08:14:32 00:49 US$ 2,750 720
6 Johann Ackermann GER 00:45:54 04:28:50 02:56:02 08:15:47 06:25 US$ 2,000 540
7 Chris Fischer DEN 00:51:50 04:19:20 03:02:18 08:19:14 02:36 US$ 1,500 405
8 Nick Baldwin SEY 00:50:21 04:27:09 02:58:46 08:22:18 -09:29 US$ 1,250 305
9 Sebastian Norberg SWE 00:52:00 04:25:40 03:03:21 08:25:25 -05:06 US$ 1,000 230
10 Kristian Hindkjaer DEN 00:50:25 04:21:26 03:19:14 08:36:45 n/a US$ 750 170
11 Vinicius Canhedo BRA 00:50:22 04:41:26 03:00:37 08:38:52 -18:15   120
12 Rasmus Fitzner DEN 00:52:05 04:33:52 03:13:26 08:44:47 -05:47   85
13 Mads Bang Jensen DEN 00:55:06 04:47:28 03:02:46 08:51:46 -17:27   60
14 Dirk Baelus BEL 00:55:08 04:37:50 03:14:16 08:52:38 -18:51   40
15 Jonas Oerarbaeck SWE 00:56:56 04:46:45 03:04:22 08:53:01 16:36   30
16 Olivier Esser BEL 00:52:03 04:44:36 03:11:26 08:53:11 -03:13   20
17 Dennis Matzen DEN 00:51:44 04:42:31 03:14:35 08:53:38 -07:31   15
18 Michael Louys BEL 01:02:33 04:34:33 03:10:38 08:53:52 -07:25   10
19 Marijn De Jonge NED 00:52:04 04:41:14 03:27:47 09:07:16 -01:58   8
20 Anthony Cadario FRA 00:55:11 04:56:45 03:11:48 09:09:09 05:41   5
21 Marek Nemcik SVK 01:10:22 05:40:18 04:16:55 11:14:23 -00:49   3
  Clemente Alonso McKernan ESP 00:45:59 04:16:37   DNF      
  Tim Don GBR 00:45:56 04:22:38   DNF      
  Markus Liebelt GER 00:51:57 04:17:59   DNF      
  Bekim Christensen DEN 00:55:12 04:24:06   DNF      
  Morten Banke DEN 00:55:01 04:31:31   DNF      
  Stefan Overmars NED 00:51:54 04:41:56   DNF      
  Mihai Baractaru ROM 00:59:33 05:03:03   DNF      
  Sebastian Neef GER 00:49:07 05:19:46   DNF      
  Daniil Sapunov UKR 00:49:14 05:27:13   DNF      
  Jesper Svensson SWE 00:45:54     DNF      
  Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 00:49:10     DNF      
  Michael Patrick Alonso Mckernan ESP 00:52:09     DNF      
  Jacob Frandsen DEN 00:55:09     DNF      
  Imanol Sagarzazu ESP 00:56:51     DNF      

Kona Qualifying

Boris Stein, Cyril Viennot and Giulio Molinari have secured their Kona slots. Nick Baldwin has to wait for the Mont Tremblant results, Tim Don has dropped out of the Top 10 August ranks. For details on qualifying, have a look at my updated post on “Kona 2018 Pro Qualifying”.

Tim Don before IM Copenhagen

TimDonFinishAnyone who has ever reached a difficult goal such as finishing an Ironman knows that crossing the finish line can be quite intense, often with a number of conflicting feelings. Tim Don wasn’t an exception when finished Ironman Hamburg in late July, and he was very emotional when he received his finisher medal from his two children (see photo on the right).

Ironman Hamburg

The end of an Ironman is always a relief – especially when hot summer weather leads to a canceled swim and you have to come up with a new race plan from scratch as the swim is replaced with an initial 6k run.

Tim’s finish in Hamburg was even more special as he had to fight his way from a career-threatening injury back to an Ironman finish: Just two days before Ironman Hawaii in October 2017, he was hit by a car during his final shake-down ride and broke his neck. The best option for a full recovery was wearing a halo for three months, even if that was probably the most uncomfortable choice. The story of his recovery from that injury is detailed in the documentary “The Man with the Halo” (available on YouTube). Being able to finish an Ironman just nine months after his horrible accident is a fantastic result.

But Tim is also a professional athlete, and it was clear that “just finishing” wasn’t his main goal: Hamburg wasn’t supposed to be the end of his recovery story but just a stepping stone on the way back to the World Championships. After he was able to win 70.3 Costa Rice in June, he had a chance to qualify for Kona. A fourth place finish would have secured a slot, and he was among the first four athletes for most of the day. But then he struggled in the last 20k of the run, eventually falling back to ninth place. Therefore, the elation of having finished was mixed with the disappointment of not having qualified for Kona.

Ironman Copenhagen

After beating up his body and mind all day chasing an Ironman finish and a Kona slot, the last thing an athlete wants to think about how soon he can do the next one – but that’s exactly what Tim needed to do if he still wanted to race in Kona this year.

But I’ve seen a few athletes change their mind quickly once the initial disappointment and exhaustion have worn off. One example this year is Will Clarke who DNF’d while chasing a Kona slot in his home Ironman UK on July 15th. After weighing his options for a couple of days he decided to race IM Hamburg, the same race Tim did. Will was able to finish fourth with a solid day and secure his Kona slot.

Just one day after the race in Hamburg, Tim resolved to give qualifying one more chance. As he already had two good 70.3 scores, that required him to do another full Ironman race. He and his family had planned to stay for some time in the UK after Hamburg, so he decided to go for the last European Ironman race before the final Kona cutoff – Ironman Copenhagen on August 19th.

With only ten male slots available, it’s a bit hard to calculate what Tim will need to qualify. He’s currently in seventh position of those looking for an August slot, but a good number of athletes will likely pass him on the last weekend of racing. I think he’ll be safe for a Kona slot with a seventh-place finish (or better), but there are still many moving parts.

I hope that Tim’s body allows him to have a solid race in Copenhagen, without a doubt he’ll then finish in a position to receive a slot. It would be awesome to see him compete in Kona just one year after breaking his neck on the Queen K.

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