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Ironman Hawaii 2018 – Analyzing Results

Kona2018LogoCourse Conditions

This year had one of the fastest conditions ever in Kona: Relatively mild temperatures and almost no wind contributed to fast times and lots of course records. This year’s adjustment of 4:19 was about 12 minutes quicker than last year, and while the swim and run were pretty much comparable to typical Kona conditions, the bike had a “crazy fast” 15:37 adjustment, much faster than the typical 3:32 bike course rating for Kona.

Even with the quick conditions, the new course records that were set today broke the old records by a country mile. We’ve seen two new overall course records by the two winners, Dani improving on her 2016 time by 20 minutes and Patrick on last year’s time by nine minutes. There were also records on the swim by Lucy Charles and agegrouper Jan Sibbersen who swam a 46:30. We’ve also seen new bike course records by Dani improving on Karin Thürig’s 2011 time of 4:44 – an improvement of 18 minutes! – and by Cam Wurf who improved his bike split from last year by almost four minutes.

Male Race Results

For a detailed look at how the men’s race unfolded, check out this post.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Patrick Lange GER 00:50:37 04:16:04 02:41:31 07:52:39 -08:47 US$ 120,000
2 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:54:07 04:12:25 02:45:41 07:56:41 -18:09 US$ 60,000
3 David McNamee GBR 00:49:31 04:21:18 02:46:03 08:01:09 -20:07 US$ 40,000
4 Timothy O’Donnell USA 00:47:45 04:18:45 02:52:33 08:03:17 -11:45 US$ 22,500
5 Braden Currie NZL 00:49:28 04:17:17 02:53:38 08:04:41 -15:03 US$ 19,000
6 Matthew Russell USA 00:54:02 04:12:58 02:52:56 08:04:45 -18:35 US$ 16,000
7 Joe Skipper GBR 00:50:53 04:15:41 02:54:15 08:05:54 -13:30 US$ 14,000
8 Andy Potts USA 00:49:33 04:18:51 02:56:27 08:09:34 -04:48 US$ 12,500
9 Cameron Wurf AUS 00:50:51 04:09:06 03:06:18 08:10:32 -11:16 US$ 11,000
10 Michael Weiss AUT 00:54:14 04:11:27 03:00:02 08:11:04 -07:22 US$ 10,000
11 Javier Gomez ESP 00:47:46 04:19:44 02:59:24 08:11:41 06:42
12 Tim Van Berkel AUS 00:50:39 04:27:47 02:50:36 08:13:47 -04:24
13 Andreas Dreitz GER 00:50:56 04:15:17 03:02:50 08:14:02 07:54
14 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:50:48 04:19:48 02:58:04 08:14:31 -04:48
15 Philipp Koutny SUI 00:50:39 04:19:58 03:00:17 08:15:58 -18:07
16 Mike Phillips NZL 00:50:45 04:25:04 02:57:35 08:17:54 -00:02
17 James Cunnama ZAF 00:50:41 04:21:02 03:02:00 08:18:18 03:11
18 Tim Reed AUS 00:50:45 04:19:56 03:03:47 08:19:13 -07:33
19 Maurice Clavel GER 00:47:43 04:19:01 03:08:42 08:19:40 03:21
20 Giulio Molinari ITA 00:47:51 04:18:38 03:10:07 08:21:52 -05:44
21 David Plese SLO 00:54:02 04:12:27 03:11:28 08:23:33 00:30
22 Cameron Brown NZL 00:54:16 04:28:56 02:55:34 08:25:30 -00:52
23 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:50:44 04:20:17 03:10:14 08:26:01 02:03
24 Jan van Berkel SUI 00:50:32 04:30:49 03:01:21 08:27:03 06:04
25 Ivan Rana ESP 00:48:21 04:32:26 03:02:39 08:27:52 06:13
26 Denis Chevrot FRA 00:47:41 04:37:58 02:59:03 08:29:56 02:23
27 Luke McKenzie AUS 00:50:46 04:27:26 03:07:29 08:30:32 06:30
28 Lionel Sanders CAN 00:53:59 04:16:58 03:15:26 08:30:34 18:45
29 Tyler Butterfield BMU 00:50:42 04:31:26 03:03:58 08:30:38 -01:33
30 Igor Amorelli BRA 00:47:54 04:18:33 03:22:48 08:34:21 06:53
31 Antony Costes FRA 00:47:49 04:18:53 03:24:43 08:36:04 -07:55
32 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 00:50:30 04:26:48 03:16:57 08:38:48 23:31
33 Matt Hanson USA 00:54:26 04:29:11 03:10:34 08:39:58 20:29
34 Jens Petersen-Bach DEN 00:54:11 04:40:51 03:00:16 08:40:08 08:44
35 Cyril Viennot FRA 00:50:43 04:23:23 03:24:51 08:44:12 20:20
36 Tim Don GBR 00:50:34 04:19:11 03:29:55 08:45:17 30:47
37 Romain Guillaume FRA 00:50:38 04:27:18 03:24:16 08:48:08 17:20
38 Nick Baldwin SEY 00:54:04 04:34:47 03:14:44 08:50:16 00:27
39 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:52:27 04:37:17 03:16:27 08:50:54 05:54
40 Andrew Starykowicz USA 00:49:34 04:12:18 03:44:48 08:52:41 28:14
41 Thiago Vinhal BRA 00:50:32 04:56:53 02:59:15 08:52:56 19:07
42 Will Clarke GBR 00:50:39 04:22:21 03:35:16 08:53:03 31:42
43 Matt Chrabot USA 00:47:58 04:50:46 03:19:32 09:03:26 36:09
44 Callum Millward NZL 00:50:57 04:32:08 03:37:45 09:06:25 36:11
Josh Amberger AUS 00:47:39 04:18:42 DNF
Sebastian Kienle GER 00:50:42 04:20:07 DNF
Brent McMahon CAN 00:50:30 04:29:49 DNF
Ivan Tutukin RUS 00:50:48 04:30:28 DNF
Ronnie Schildknecht SUI 00:54:08 04:29:05 DNF
Kevin Collington USA 00:48:25 05:13:00 DNF
Patrik Nilsson SWE 00:50:46 DNF
Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:54:12 DNF
Marc Duelsen GER 00:54:13 DNF

Female Race Results

For a detailed look at how the women’s race unfolded, check out this post.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 00:57:27 04:26:07 02:57:05 08:26:18 -17:26 US$ 120,000
2 Lucy Charles GBR 00:48:14 04:38:10 03:05:50 08:36:34 -25:35 US$ 60,000
3 Anne Haug GER 00:54:21 04:47:45 02:55:20 08:41:58 -30:22 US$ 40,000
4 Sarah True USA 00:52:06 04:49:19 02:57:38 08:43:43 -19:47 US$ 22,500
5 Mirinda Carfrae AUS 00:58:18 04:46:05 03:01:41 08:50:45 -10:54 US$ 19,000
6 Sarah Crowley AUS 00:54:19 04:43:09 03:10:29 08:52:30 -18:51 US$ 16,000
7 Kaisa Sali FIN 00:58:23 04:44:31 03:06:04 08:54:28 -06:45 US$ 14,000
8 Angela Naeth CAN 00:58:28 04:42:25 03:11:11 08:57:36 -35:49 US$ 12,500
9 Corinne Abraham GBR 00:58:44 04:38:16 03:16:26 08:57:55 -12:46 US$ 11,000
10 Linsey Corbin USA 00:58:24 04:48:29 03:07:15 08:58:58 -13:13 US$ 10,000
11 Sarah Piampiano USA 01:05:04 04:52:01 02:59:26 09:01:57 -15:56
12 Liz Blatchford AUS 00:52:09 04:53:32 03:15:17 09:06:20 -05:09
13 Mareen Hufe GER 00:58:34 04:43:50 03:18:40 09:06:35 -11:50
14 Heather Jackson USA 00:58:18 04:44:45 03:21:56 09:09:16 06:32
15 Maja Stage Nielsen DEN 00:58:26 04:59:54 03:06:59 09:10:23 -13:15
16 Helle Frederiksen DEN 00:52:02 04:54:05 03:21:00 09:11:52 08:27
17 Laura Siddall GBR 00:58:39 04:54:41 03:14:12 09:12:09 01:29
18 Teresa Adam NZL 00:52:00 04:52:24 03:22:13 09:12:53 06:15
19 Asa Lundstroem SWE 01:04:46 04:50:57 03:15:31 09:16:31 -03:59
20 Jodie Robertson USA 01:05:45 04:58:21 03:06:34 09:16:36 -04:50
21 Tine Deckers BEL 00:58:29 04:49:22 03:24:27 09:17:23 -03:51
22 Beth McKenzie USA 01:04:07 05:04:10 03:04:48 09:18:09 -01:35
23 Melanie Burke NZL 01:14:02 04:45:28 03:20:15 09:25:02 -12:08
24 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 01:05:03 05:08:41 03:07:16 09:26:19 -06:27
25 Jen Annett CAN 00:58:47 04:51:37 03:31:59 09:27:06 04:23
26 Susie Cheetham GBR 00:58:19 04:50:39 03:34:05 09:27:57 20:05
27 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:54:18 04:56:44 03:31:56 09:27:57 13:00
28 Rachel McBride CAN 00:54:05 04:48:15 03:46:31 09:34:09 03:55
29 Lisa Huetthaler AUT 00:58:33 04:44:59 03:58:25 09:46:50 39:47
30 Jocelyn McCauley USA 00:54:12 04:53:01 03:56:29 09:49:08 28:35
31 Manon Genet FRA 00:58:28 04:51:37 03:59:12 09:54:25 25:09
32 Katja Konschak GER 00:54:40 05:20:15 04:33:56 10:55:27 1:19:10
Carrie Lester AUS 00:56:45 04:46:02 DNF
Kirsty Jahn CAN 00:58:21 04:53:31 DNF
Emma Pallant GBR 00:58:24 04:53:54 DNF
Lesley Smith USA 00:58:30 05:07:10 DNF
Lauren Brandon USA 00:51:06 05:17:07 DNF
Meredith Kessler USA 00:54:13 DNF
Sara Svensk SWE 00:58:27 DNF

Kona Kings & Queens: Patrick Lange

This is an excerpt from my “Kona 2018 Rating Report“. You can download your copy here.

Patrick BibPatrick Points

Patrick’s Kona marathons have been incredible: Two sub-2:40s saw him finish in third and first place, both times running through the field in a methodical, controlled fashion. He started with a solid pace and then seemed to get faster and faster the more athletes he was able to overtake. (Technically, he slowed down in the second half of the run, but by a lot less than his competition.) Both years he was able to finish on an adrenaline high, picking up a few crucial spots around the Energy Lab. Last year, he took the lead just three miles before the finish.

Patrick usually loses around ten minutes on the bike which would make it hard for him to defend his title. In his summer IM in Frankfurt he was able to work with a strong rider such as Frodo for the full bike leg, but probably Frodo was looking for a run duel and Patrick wasn’t quite able to match Frodo’s run pace. You can be sure however that he’ll be preparing with the goal of setting a new run course record in October. If he finds the right balance, he can limit the time lost on the bike without sacrificing too much of his run strength, and he’ll be a lot closer to the front of the race at the start of the run. It would be awesome to see the race come down to the last few miles between two or more strong runners!

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Photo: Patrick on the bike at IM Frankfurt. Credit: James Mitchell

Kona Kings & Queens: Daniela Ryf

This is an excerpt from my “Kona 2018 Rating Report“. You can download your copy here.

Dani BibDani Points

Daniela is the dominant female Ironman athlete for the last years, winning Kona from 2015 to 2017. This year she can become the first athlete to win four in a row since Paula Newby-Fraser (1991 to 1994).

Each season her performances before Kona are scrutinized for potential signs that she “used to be better/faster/stronger”. After a long break at the start of the year, her wins at 70.3 Rapperswil, the European Championships and at 70.3 Gdynia with an almost-record-breaking time show that she’s racing maybe even better than ever before. Her Frankfurt race would have seen her finish seventh in a competitive men’s field! She also won 70.3 Championships with a strong run performance, and if her preparation for Kona does not run into major problems, only Madame Pele can keep Daniela from winning her fourth Kona title.

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Photo: Dani riding 25 minutes faster than any other female at IM Frankfurt. Credit: James Mitchell

Kona Kings & Queens: Lucy Charles

This is an excerpt from my “Kona 2018 Rating Report“. You can download your copy here.

Lucy BibLucy Points

The depth of the British women is amazing – there is always at least one athlete that does really well in Kona. Last year, Lucy was able to finish second in her first Pro race in Kona after leading the swim and most of the bike and then posting a new marathon PR.

This year she won the African Championships in convincing fashion with the fastest swim and bike legs and another personal best marathon with a 3:05. In the summer she raced Challenge Roth, and even though she posted her own fastest time with an 8:43, she was nine seconds behind winner Daniela Sämmler who ran her down in the final part of the run. At the 70.3 Championships she was able to ride the bike leg with Daniela and then able to hold on for second place with a solid run.

The main challenge for Lucy will be to not get distracted by secondary goals such as the swim course record or the T2 lead. But the other athletes will be aware of her potential and know that they’ll have to take some risks on the bike in order to have a chance to run her down in the marathon. But if Lucy still has enough left in the tank for another marathon PR in the Kona heat, she will be a strong podium contender.

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Photo: Lucy on the bike at Challenge Roth. 
Credit: James Mitchell

Kona Kings & Queens: Lionel Sanders

This is an excerpt from my “Kona 2018 Rating Report“. You can download your copy here.

Lionel BibLionel Points

Lionel is the top candidate to become the first North American winner since fellow Canadian Peter Reid in 2003. After a great swim (leading the second group that included Sebastian Kienle) and a hard bike he was leading Kona 2017 for most of the marathon, only to be passed by Patrick Lange in the last miles.

Most of his 2018 racing has also been nearly flawless: Four 70.3 wins and just one second place (behind Jan Frodeno at 70.3 Oceanside). But even though he was qualified after winning IM Arizona in November, he still raced IM Mont Tremblant in August. His second place finished felt like a disaster to him: He struggled with energy issues all day and was racing very uneven. Apparently he was trying to lose some weight in the days before the race in addition to his low-carb nutrition. Lionel was pretty open about the issues in his YouTube channel, but there are only eight weeks between Mont Tremblant and Kona – enough time to still turn things around?

Lionel will need another swim in the second pack in order to not to have to spend too much energy too early. In Kona 2016 he wasn’t able to make it to the front of the race in time and he ended up finishing 29th. But if he can join forces with Sebi and Cam Wurf and work their way to the lead group on the bike as last year, then he can fight for a great Kona 2018 finish – and Lionel has shown that he can run well even when he is running on fumes.

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Photo: Lionel working hard (as usual) on the run at Challenge Samorin. Credit: James Mitchell

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