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Ironman Hamburg 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

This was the first edition of IM Hamburg, and almost all of the Pros seemed to like the venue and the course. The swim was wetsuit-legal (and still not very fast), the rolling bike course wasn’t very quick, followed by a fast run-course with lots of spectators. This race had adjustment of 5:18, comparable to Mont Tremblant or Switzerland.

General

Male Race Results

James Cunnama showed a great performance, in the end he won by more than twenty minutes. He was in the first chase group after the swim and rode the first loop of the bike with four other athletes (who ended up in second to fifth). Towards the end of the first bike loop he took control of the race, quickly building a demanding lead that he extended for the rest of the day, posting the fastest bike leg and a 2:40 marathon. A great confidence builder for Kona!

M1 James

Since winning IM Sweden in 2014, Horst Reichel hasn’t had a good Ironman distance race (and DNF’ing a number of times). He was very solid in Hamburg: Swimming with James Cunnama and biking with the first chase group. In T2 he was three minutes behind Markus but then methodically closed the gap and secured second place with the second best marathon.

M2 Horst

On the surface Markus Fachbach could be happy with his race: A third place finish secured a Kona slot for him, but he wasn’t satisfied with his performance. He said he tried to ride too long when James out down the hammer and never really recovered from going a bit too hard for a bit too long. Even though he suffered quite a bit, his third place was never in doubt.

M3 Markus 

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 James Cunnama ZAF 00:49:05 04:24:32 02:40:58 08:00:36 -21:31 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Horst Reichel GER 00:48:59 04:40:12 02:47:35 08:22:27 -34:30 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Markus Fachbach GER 00:49:10 04:36:27 02:53:47 08:25:36 -05:14 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Carlos Lopez Diaz ESP 00:47:38 04:45:34 02:54:55 08:35:36 -04:16 US$ 3,250 960
5 Alexander Schilling GER 00:49:02 04:40:02 03:07:00 08:42:05 07:44 US$ 2,750 720
6 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:59:01 04:47:46 02:57:09 08:54:09 -06:43 US$ 2,000 540
7 Lachlan Kerin AUS 00:52:42 04:52:02 03:10:40 09:03:00 -32:37 US$ 1,500 405
8 Lukas Polan CZE 01:03:18 05:22:22 03:11:40 09:45:12 05:02 US$ 1,250 305
9 Valentin Zasypkin RUS 01:03:48 05:17:45 03:20:02 09:50:11 -23:25 US$ 1,000 230
10 Michal Ivanco SVK 01:19:23 05:14:39 03:20:19 10:04:51 -03:46 US$ 750 170
11 Marek Nemcik SVK 01:09:19 06:12:29 05:02:00 12:38:35 1:02:35   120
  Christian Birngruber AUT 00:52:40 04:52:55   DNF      

Female Race Results

Daniela Sämmler had focused her 2017 summer on racing IM Hamburg, and she won the female race in dominating fashion: She was first out of the water and then posted the fastest bike split. Her 4:55 was the only female sub-5 bike split and almost 15 minutes quicker than any other woman. She then continued with an even-paced 3:08 marathon, just a few seconds slower than her marathon PR from 2013. 

F1 Daniela

Before the race Eva Wutti hoped that she had recovered from her win at IM Austria just six weeks earlier – after the race she said she had never had to work so hard to finish a race. Even if she was disappointed that she wasn’t able to contend for the win, she still finished second but coming short of securing the points she needed to qualify for Kona.

F2 Eva

Similar to Eva, third place Kristin Möller wasn’t happy with her swim and bike, in T2 she was in sixth place with a gap of more than 20 minutes to third place.

F3 Kristin

But Kristin was clearly the best runner in the field, she methodically closed the gap to the women in front of her. By the third of four loops on the run course she moved into fifth place and eventually even managed to build a gap of nine minutes to Sandra Wassink-Hitzert who was fourth in her first Pro Ironman race. Kristin’s 2:58 was the best marathon of the day and she finished in third place, also scoring a few more KPR points so she is now safe for an August slot.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Daniela Saemmler GER 00:55:53 04:55:24 03:08:53 09:07:49 -26:16 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Eva Wutti AUT 00:58:58 05:14:59 03:02:02 09:23:35 10:54 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Kristin Moeller GER 01:03:37 05:30:06 02:58:10 09:39:43 05:46 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Sandra Wassink-Hitzert NED 00:55:56 05:25:10 03:19:31 09:48:37 n/a US$ 3,250 960
5 Verena Walter GER 01:00:30 05:19:04 03:24:29 09:52:03 08:26 US$ 2,750 720
6 Rahel Bellinga NED 01:05:53 05:09:05 03:59:54 10:23:56 04:38 US$ 2,000 540
7 Annabel Diawuoh GER 01:28:45 05:42:35 04:03:43 11:26:29 01:52 US$ 1,500 405
  Angela Kuehnlein GER 01:03:45 05:42:41   DNF      

Ironman Hamburg – Bike Checkin

Saturday in Hamburg has been a wet affair. Grey, low hanging clouds brought rain for most of the day – as you can see on this photo from the “Binnenalster” where the swim will happen on Sunday:

HH Swim Buoys

The buoys in the foreground are for the second part of the swim, the first part will go into the bigger “Aussenalster” and swimmers have to pass under the bridge next to the white tents on the right hand side. The weather for race day is supposed to be much better, but the rain added to the tension most athletes feel at bike checkin.

Starting with bib #1 will be Kristin Möller, she had a wide smile when dropping off her bike (before packing it into a number of orange trash bags to protect it from the rain):

1 HH Bike Women Kristin

You can see Kristin’s bike in the foreground, the picture shows bib #2 Daniela Sämmler who has focused her summer racing on Hamburg and seems confident but relaxed:

2 HH Bike Women Daniela

Eva Wutti (bib #4) was among the first to drop off her bike – it was setting unprotected in the rain, collecting a number of water droplets as the day progressed. Hopefully her electronic shifting is water-proof!

3 HH Bike Women Eva

Dutch Pro Sandra Wassink-Hitzert (bib #14) came prepared – her kids helped her pick out some princess-themed pink plastic tablecloth in a discount store that she used to build a makeshift tent for her bike:

4 HH Bike Women Sandra

Mike Schifferle has finished more than 70 Ironman-distance races so far – of course he is “Thumbs Up” for the first edition of Ironman Hamburg:

5 HH Bike Men Mike

Horst Reichel took some extra care to protect his chain from the rain – he’s hoping for a good, solid Ironman finish after a couple of not very satisfying races:

6 HH Bike Men Horst

Carlos Lopez Diaz is going to be one of the fastest swimmers tomorrow, he’ll need a good finish to make it to Kona. I didn’t particularly like the color scheme of his bike, but that won’t impact how fast he’ll finish:

7 HH Bike Men Carlos

James Cunnama is the pre-race favorite on the men’s side – he was all business when he quickly dropped off his bike. It didn’t take too long for the bike to be drenched, with some droplets forming on the seatpost of his P5X.

8 HH Bike Men James

Happy racing to all starters at IM Hamburg tomorrow!

Ironman Hamburg 2017 (August 13th) – Seedings

IMHH_Logo Update Aug 10th: I have crossed out the athletes that won’t be racing as per the latest startlist.

Update Aug 11th: I’ve crossed out a few more athletes who have not showed up for the Pro Meeting. Most notably, Michael Raelert won’t be racing as he is in bed with a fever. The male race will consist of 13 Pros, for the females there are expected to be 8 starters.

Here’s a shot of the top contenders from Friday’s Pro Panel (from left to right: Markus Fachbach, James Cunnama, Daniela Sammler, Eva Wutti and Kristin Möller):

HHPressConference 1

This is the first race on this course – therefore there are no previous results, course records or adjustment of the predicted times for a fast or slow course.

KPR points and Prize Money

IM Hamburg is a P-2000 race. It has a total prize purse of 80.000 US$.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 13% of a typical Kona field.

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. T2 Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 85 James Cunnama ZAF 08:21:01 08:26:50 00:48:54 04:32:08 05:26:02 02:54:59 54% +23% -23% (25) 26
2 86 Giulio Molinari ITA 08:29:09 08:31:54 00:48:51 04:32:45 05:26:36 03:02:33 100% +0% -0% (3) 42
3 53 Michael Weiss * AUT 08:29:26 08:34:12 00:54:06 04:30:46 05:29:53 02:59:33 94% +5% -1% (18) 50
4 57 Jan Van Berkel SUI 08:33:34 08:37:57 00:49:19 04:39:36 05:33:55 02:59:39 46% +25% -29% (14) 62
5 52 Michael Raelert GER 08:36:59 08:54:08 00:48:03 04:44:37 05:37:40 02:59:19 12% +0% -88% (5) (117)
6 51 Markus Fachbach GER 08:37:15 08:35:48 00:50:36 04:41:39 05:37:15 03:00:00 69% +1% -31% (20) 55
7 84 Alberto Casadei * ITA 08:37:56 08:49:52 00:48:03 04:49:06 05:42:09 02:55:47 28% +22% -49% (11) 100
8 65 Pedro Gomes * POR 08:40:01 08:41:23 00:52:11 04:46:37 05:43:49 02:56:12 46% +1% -54% (28) 77
9 75 Alexander Schilling GER 08:40:20 08:49:55 00:47:42 04:49:03 05:41:45 02:58:35 100% +0% -0% (2) (101)
10 70 Carlos Lopez Diaz ESP 08:41:55 08:50:11 00:47:30 04:48:20 05:40:51 03:01:04 29% +18% -53% (10) 102
11 58 Ritchie Nicholls GBR 08:42:06 08:55:11 00:51:11 04:54:55 05:51:06 02:51:00 35% +0% -65% (7) 124
12 68 Philipp Koutny * SUI 08:42:10 08:49:57 00:51:08 04:38:59 05:35:07 03:07:03 35% +21% -44% (6) 101
13 66 Esben Hovgaard * DEN 08:42:27 08:49:49 00:52:54 04:42:51 05:40:45 03:01:42 56% +29% -16% (12) 99
14 56 Michael Goehner GER 08:46:26 08:55:37 00:53:40 04:45:36 05:44:17 03:02:09 58% +2% -41% (20) (126)
15 83 Thiago Vinhal BRA 08:47:03 08:57:06 00:49:35 04:54:05 05:48:40 02:58:23 58% +34% -8% (13) 133
16 54 Horst Reichel GER 08:50:00 09:07:18 00:49:02 04:47:20 05:41:22 03:08:38 18% +10% -72% (18) 167
17 89 Harry Wiltshire * GBR 08:51:15 09:02:44 00:47:40 04:53:23 05:46:02 03:05:13 25% +16% -59% (22) 148
18 69 Markus Liebelt * GER 08:55:38 09:09:07 00:55:14 04:43:03 05:43:17 03:12:21 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (171)
19 59 Nick Baldwin * SEY 08:56:27 09:10:53 00:53:30 04:48:00 05:46:29 03:09:58 53% +0% -47% (20) 175
20 60 Christian Birngruber AUT 08:58:39 09:03:55 00:52:45 04:48:48 05:46:33 03:12:06 52% +0% -48% (6) 156
21 77 Michael Van Cleven * BEL 09:03:41 09:22:57 00:50:05 04:39:51 05:34:55 03:28:46 37% +0% -63% (3) (208)
22 76 Pavel Simko SVK 09:04:46 09:12:28 00:52:32 04:49:13 05:46:46 03:18:00 70% +0% -30% (3) 179
23 55 Mike Schifferle * SUI 09:05:14 09:05:03 01:00:37 04:52:28 05:58:05 03:07:09 89% +10% -2% (65) 160
24 71 Philipp Mock GER 09:09:41 09:23:31 00:57:53 04:42:07 05:44:59 03:24:42 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (210)
25 82 Sean Donnelly GER 09:13:44 09:57:50 00:48:02 04:51:33 05:44:35 03:29:09 5% +6% -90% (4) (283)
26 78 Hendrik-Jan Verhaegen * BEL 09:18:31 09:32:23 00:55:37 05:01:05 06:01:42 03:16:49 44% +0% -56% (8) 237
27 72 Urs Mueller SUI 09:21:39 09:25:29 00:54:43 04:59:29 05:59:13 03:22:26 79% +0% -21% (4) 217
28 63 Antony Costes FRA 09:22:13 09:41:02 00:48:54 04:39:50 05:33:44 03:48:29 28% +0% -72% (7) 254
29 74 Lukas Polan * CZE 09:37:04 09:51:47 01:02:51 05:10:06 06:17:57 03:19:07 22% +36% -42% (14) 270
30 67 Lachlan Kerin AUS 09:43:51 10:04:32 00:50:42 05:03:30 05:59:12 03:44:39 49% +0% -51% (2) (288)
31 88 Michal Ivanco SVK 10:04:50 10:26:54 01:19:11 05:15:36 06:39:46 03:25:04 50% +0% -50% (2) (297)
32 81 Valentin Zasypkin RUS 10:12:29 10:25:34 01:11:23 05:23:08 06:39:31 03:32:58 5% +70% -25% (8) 296
33 87 Marek Nemcik SVK 11:21:11 11:57:35 01:11:45 05:45:37 07:02:22 04:18:49 25% +24% -50% (41) 308
80 Richard Westover GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

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

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 9% of a typical Kona field.

Carrie Lester is on the official start list, but as she has secured her Kona slot at IM France, she won’t be racing Hamburg.

Rank Bib Name Nation Expected Time Rating Exp. Swim Exp. Bike Exp. T2 Exp. Run Consistency Overall
1 4 Eva Wutti AUT 09:17:20 09:18:13 00:57:42 05:10:37 06:13:20 03:04:00 86% +0% -14% (9) 12
2 2 Daniela Saemmler GER 09:37:11 09:42:21 00:56:12 05:12:17 06:13:29 03:23:42 68% +0% -32% (9) 52
3 1 Kristin Moeller * GER 09:38:20 09:39:38 01:03:13 05:25:56 06:34:08 03:04:12 76% +6% -18% (24) 47
4 11 Celine Schaerer * SUI 09:41:07 09:50:17 00:51:13 05:22:44 06:18:57 03:22:10 72% +0% -28% (9) 66
5 12 Natascha Schmitt GER 09:44:13 10:03:02 00:54:41 05:15:00 06:14:41 03:29:32 33% +23% -43% (8) 85
6 3 Verena Walter GER 09:46:33 09:49:26 01:00:26 05:15:42 06:21:08 03:25:25 64% +28% -8% (8) 65
7 8 Kate Comber * GBR 09:58:26 10:01:20 00:53:56 05:28:03 06:27:00 03:31:26 100% +0% -0% (5) 80
8 10 Angela Kuehnlein GER 10:23:03 10:36:32 01:02:47 05:41:48 06:49:35 03:33:28 44% +0% -56% (6) (146)
9 6 Rahel Bellinga * NED 10:24:35 10:32:18 01:05:59 05:18:58 06:29:57 03:54:38 71% +21% -8% (7) 141
10 9 Annabel Diawuoh * GER 11:10:56 11:34:18 01:26:16 05:46:23 07:17:40 03:53:16 66% +34% -0% (3) 155
7 Franziska Bossow GER n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)
14 Sandra Wassink-Hitzert NED n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

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

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • James Cunnama: 27% (3-1)
  • Michael Weiss: 21% (4-1)
  • Jan Van Berkel: 18% (5-1)
  • Giulio Molinari: 16% (5-1)
  • Markus Fachbach: 6% (16-1)
  • Alberto Casadei: 4% (27-1)
  • Horst Reichel: 2% (54-1)

Female Race Participants

  • Eva Wutti: 69% (1-1)
  • Daniela Saemmler: 10% (9-1)
  • Kristin Moeller: 9% (11-1)
  • Celine Schaerer: 5% (18-1)
  • Natascha Schmitt: 4% (26-1)
  • Verena Walter: 3% (29-1)

Winning Odds

The following graphs show which athletes still have a chance of qualifying for Kona and what results they will probably need.

Male Race Participants

HH_Kona_Men

Female Race Participants

HH_Kona_Women

Ironman Hamburg 2017 (August 13th) – Entry List

Male Race Participants

Name Nation KPR points KPR races
Markus Fachbach GER 2120 1+2 (1600/240)
Nick Baldwin SEY 2095 2+2 (405/90)
Philipp Koutny SUI 1680 3+1 (170/140)
Esben Hovgaard DEN 1565 3+1 (290/195)
Pedro Gomes POR 1125 2+2 (540/10)
Mike Schifferle SUI 755 3+0 (120/0)
Ritchie Nicholls GBR 720 2+2 (170/45)
Markus Liebelt GER 615 0+2 (0/180)
Christian Birngruber AUT 600 1+2 (305/75)
Lachlan Kerin AUS 460 0+2 (0/180)
Alexander Schilling GER 405 1+1
Lukas Polan CZE 180 2+2 (10/5)
Urs Mueller SUI 170 1+2 (85/35)
Pavel Simko SVK 122 2+0
Richard Westover GBR 80 0+2 (0/35)
Michael Goehner GER 50 0+2 (0/15)
Valentin Zasypkin RUS 50 2+2 (3/2)
Philipp Mock GER 40 1+0
Michael Van Cleven BEL 0 0+0
Yuri Novikau BLR    

Female Race Participants

Name Nation KPR points KPR races
Kristin Moeller GER 4180 3+1 (340/435)
Carrie Lester AUS 3535 1+1
Celine Schaerer SUI 3000 3+1 (515/345)
Eva Wutti AUT 2220 1+1
Kate Comber GBR 1780 3+1 (385/135)
Natascha Schmitt GER 1125 1+2 (540/255)
Daniela Saemmler GER 1070 1+2 (235/400)
Annabel Diawuoh GER 725 3+1 (120/220)
Verena Walter GER 340 1+0
Rahel Bellinga NED 305 1+2 (120/5)
Franziska Bossow GER 135 0+1
Angela Kuehnlein GER 85 0+1

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