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Ironman South Africa 2020 (March 29th) – Seedings

Note: Ironman South Africa has been postponed. Here’s the official text from Ironman:

In alignment with the Provincial Department of Health, and due to the force majeure COVID-19 pandemic, IRONMAN race officials in conjunction with local authorities have decided to postpone the 2020 IRONMAN® African Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay originally scheduled for 29 March to 15 November 2020. Athletes that are registered for the event will receive an email with further details.

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Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2006 Gerrit Schellens (BEL) 08:36:06 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:46:38
2007 Gerrit Schellens (BEL) 08:33:05 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:22:01
2008 Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 08:18:23 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 09:27:48
2009 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 08:17:32 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 09:16:32
2010 Raynard Tissink (ZAF) 08:23:28 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 09:16:55
2011 Raynard Tissink (ZAF) 08:05:36 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 08:33:56
2012 Clemente Alonso McKernan (ESP) 08:34:45 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:47:10
2013 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 08:11:24 Jessie Donavan (USA) 09:10:58
2014 Nils Frommhold (GER) 08:26:07 Simone Braendli (SUI) 09:31:54
2015 Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 08:16:35 Jodie Cunnama (GBR) 09:26:56
2016 Ben Hoffman (USA) 08:12:37 Kaisa Sali (FIN) 09:06:50
2017 Ben Hoffman (USA) 07:58:40 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 08:47:02
2018 Kyle Buckingham (ZAF) 08:13:00 Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) 08:56:06
2019 Ben Hoffman (USA) 07:34:19 Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) 08:35:31

Last Race’s TOP 3

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Ben Hoffman USA 00:26:03 04:24:24 02:39:17 07:34:19
2 Nils Frommhold GER 00:25:48 04:26:23 02:43:43 07:40:12
3 Michael Weiss AUT 00:30:05 04:24:18 02:43:41 07:42:35

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Lucy Charles-Barclay GBR 00:25:20 05:05:46 02:59:32 08:35:31
2 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 00:32:59 05:10:07 02:52:40 08:40:47
3 Annah Watkinson ZAF 00:30:44 05:12:17 02:55:02 08:43:18

Course Records

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 07:58:40 Ben Hoffman 2017-04-02
Swim overall 00:45:22 Anton Storm 2009-04-05
Bike overall 04:19:41 Raynard Tissink 2011-04-10
Run overall 02:42:52 Ben Hoffman 2017-04-02
Total female 08:33:56 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10
Swim female 00:47:32 Lucy Charles-Barclay 2018-04-15
Bike female 04:45:23 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10
Run female 02:52:54 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM South Africa is 03:25.

Race Adjustments for IM South Africa

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2006 01:34 -03:56 02:49 02:41 28 01:34 -03:56 02:49 02:41
2007 01:16 -08:10 06:34 02:52 33 01:25 -06:03 04:41 02:47
2008 15:32 01:07 10:31 03:54 36 06:07 -03:41 06:38 03:10
2009 17:18 02:43 13:35 01:01 28 08:55 -02:05 08:23 02:37
2010 09:38 -00:12 08:23 01:27 34 09:03 -01:42 08:23 02:23
2011 15:30 00:07 13:51 01:33 36 10:08 -01:24 09:17 02:15
2012 -11:58 -08:14 -06:39 02:54 28 06:58 -02:23 07:01 02:21
2013 06:23 -01:59 07:37 00:45 36 of 44 06:54 -02:20 07:05 02:09
2014 -12:12 -01:03 -08:23 -02:47 29 of 40 04:46 -02:11 05:22 01:36
2015 -13:44 -00:59 -11:06 -01:39 49 of 61 02:55 -02:04 03:44 01:16
2016 03:31 -03:11 06:40 00:03 42 of 53 02:59 -02:10 04:00 01:10
2017 08:21 -00:16 07:41 00:57 43 of 63 03:25 -02:01 04:18 01:09
2018 03:34 -00:07 01:35 02:06 35 of 47 03:26 -01:52 04:06 01:13

Kona slots and Prize Money

IM South Africa has 2m+2f +2u Pro Kona slot(s). It has a total prize purse of 150.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 27% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 2 Sebastian Kienle (AQ) GER 08:02:16 08:01:27 00:51:57 04:17:21 05:14:18 02:47:58 87% +0% -13% (19) 2
2 1 Nils Frommhold GER 08:08:12 08:16:48 00:49:48 04:24:34 05:19:22 02:48:50 70% +0% -30% (12) 11
3 10 Andi Boecherer GER 08:08:40 08:24:32 00:49:19 04:21:23 05:15:42 02:52:58 27% +9% -64% (19) 31
4 26 Joe Skipper (KQ) GBR 08:09:48 08:12:55 00:53:48 04:24:15 05:23:03 02:46:45 72% +4% -23% (28) 5
5 3 Andreas Dreitz GER 08:12:58 08:22:07 00:50:57 04:22:21 05:18:18 02:54:40 59% +0% -41% (6) 21
6 22 Matthew Russell USA 08:20:45 08:24:18 00:56:01 04:27:17 05:28:18 02:52:27 62% +23% -15% (54) 29
7 4 Matt Trautman ZAF 08:21:42 08:26:20 00:52:17 04:30:35 05:27:53 02:53:49 33% +34% -33% (11) 37
8 12 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 08:22:09 08:35:17 00:50:48 04:31:48 05:27:35 02:54:34 73% +4% -23% (20) 66
9 5 James Cunnama ZAF 08:24:01 08:27:54 00:51:41 04:29:16 05:25:58 02:58:03 43% +16% -41% (30) 41
10 28 Ivan Rana ESP 08:24:41 08:34:45 00:50:09 04:39:24 05:34:33 02:50:08 49% +1% -50% (21) 64
11 24 Evert Scheltinga NED 08:27:35 08:40:29 00:50:51 04:31:27 05:27:18 03:00:17 66% +0% -34% (10) 86
12 13 Antony Costes FRA 08:28:45 08:39:09 00:50:36 04:29:53 05:25:29 03:03:16 30% +17% -53% (15) 81
13 17 Sebastien Fraysse FRA 08:30:14 08:46:25 00:48:46 04:30:56 05:24:43 03:05:31 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (110)
14 18 Samuel Huerzeler SUI 08:34:59 08:43:30 00:54:41 04:39:53 05:39:33 02:55:26 81% +19% -0% (14) 95
15 15 Roman Deisenhofer GER 08:36:08 08:44:06 00:53:16 04:33:19 05:31:35 03:04:33 26% +50% -23% (11) 100
16 9 Scott Bayvel ZAF 08:42:36 08:59:11 00:51:35 04:42:09 05:38:44 03:03:52 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (163)
17 25 Stefan Schumacher GER 08:43:15 08:58:34 01:01:23 04:25:20 05:31:43 03:11:32 34% +0% -66% (3) (162)
18 8 Reece Barclay GBR 08:45:51 09:01:30 00:49:45 04:51:46 05:46:30 02:59:21 29% +0% -71% (3) (168)
19 21 Michael Raelert GER 08:49:31 08:55:49 00:48:09 04:49:00 05:42:08 03:07:23 45% +0% -55% (6) 145
20 23 Paul Ruttmann AUT 08:52:20 09:02:40 00:57:10 04:39:52 05:42:03 03:10:17 0% +64% -36% (3) (172)
21 6 Nick Baldwin SEY 08:53:03 09:01:37 00:55:09 04:44:21 05:44:30 03:08:33 66% +0% -34% (26) 169
22 14 Gerhard De Bruin ZAF 09:15:45 09:29:23 00:57:11 04:59:35 06:01:45 03:14:00 84% +16% -0% (7) 236
7 Baptiste Neveu FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
11 Adam Bowden GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
16 Georg Enzenberger AUT n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
19 Kevin Maurel FRA n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
20 Rudolf Naude ZAF n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
27 Lars Petter Stormo NOR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 35% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 37 Anne Haug (AQ) GER 08:47:23 08:47:22 00:54:37 04:56:09 05:55:46 02:51:37 80% +20% -0% (4) 2
2 36 Lucy Charles-Barclay (AQ) GBR 08:51:39 08:55:40 00:48:53 04:54:00 05:47:53 03:03:46 50% +50% -0% (8) 3
3 49 Laura Philipp GER 08:52:16 08:58:12 00:58:54 04:50:42 05:54:36 02:57:40 100% +0% -0% (2) (4)
4 42 Susie Cheetham GBR 09:08:56 09:21:53 00:58:01 05:00:17 06:03:19 03:05:37 70% +0% -30% (14) 22
5 38 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 09:16:53 09:24:30 01:02:59 05:07:46 06:15:45 03:01:08 70% +26% -4% (15) 26
6 46 Kristin Liepold GER 09:20:48 09:29:46 01:08:24 05:10:44 06:24:08 02:56:40 77% +15% -8% (29) 39
7 39 Annah Watkinson ZAF 09:22:46 09:31:49 00:59:52 05:10:56 06:15:48 03:06:58 75% +0% -25% (10) 43
8 53 Mareen Hufe GER 09:24:31 09:29:03 01:00:42 04:59:44 06:05:26 03:19:05 87% +11% -2% (32) 37
9 43 Manon Genet FRA 09:25:32 09:34:33 00:59:52 05:02:43 06:07:34 03:17:58 35% +38% -27% (7) 49
10 41 Nikki Bartlett GBR 09:27:32 09:32:06 01:01:00 05:02:37 06:08:37 03:18:55 71% +20% -9% (8) 44
11 47 Pamella Oliveira BRA 09:31:56 09:50:05 00:54:42 05:13:40 06:13:22 03:18:34 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (66)
12 40 Ruth Astle GBR 09:33:51 09:52:04 01:05:26 05:03:42 06:14:08 03:19:43 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (69)
13 44 Katharina Grohmann GER 09:38:00 09:47:20 01:12:40 05:08:48 06:26:27 03:11:33 68% +32% -0% (20) 63
14 51 Karen Steurs BEL 09:45:31 09:58:30 01:02:53 05:16:30 06:24:23 03:21:08 100% +0% -0% (2) (77)
15 48 Magda Nieuwoudt ZAF 09:58:38 10:17:38 01:04:08 05:14:59 06:24:06 03:34:32 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (105)
16 45 Jennifer Lentzke CAN 10:48:27 11:16:49 01:17:02 05:39:51 07:01:53 03:46:34 3% +2% -95% (6) (123)
50 Mariella Sawyer ZAF n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
52 Natia Van Heerden ZAF n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
54 Radka Kahlefeldt CZE n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • Sebastian Kienle: 33% (2-1)
  • Joe Skipper: 29% (3-1)
  • Andi Boecherer: 14% (6-1)
  • Nils Frommhold: 13% (7-1)
  • Andreas Dreitz: 5% (17-1)
  • Matt Trautman: 3% (37-1)
  • James Cunnama: 2% (56-1)

Female Race Participants

  • Anne Haug: 45% (1-1)
  • Lucy Charles-Barclay: 45% (1-1)
  • Laura Philipp: 8% (11-1)

Ironman South Africa 2020 (March 29th) – Entry List

Updates:

  • February 20th: Added Pamella Oliveira, Annah Watkinson (WPRO) and James Cunnama, Sebastian Kienle (MPRO)

The registration deadline for IM South Africa is March 6th.

Kona Slots and Prize Money

IM South Africa has 2m+2f +2u Pro Kona slots. It has a total prize purse of 150.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

Male Race Participants

Name Nation
Nick Baldwin SEY
Reece Barclay GBR
Scott Bayvel ZAF
Andi Boecherer GER
Adam Bowden GBR
Kyle Buckingham ZAF
Antony Costes FRA
James Cunnama ZAF
Roman Deisenhofer GER
Andreas Dreitz GER
Georg Enzenberger AUT
Sebastien Fraysse FRA
Nils Frommhold GER
Samuel Huerzeler SUI
Sebastian Kienle (AQ) GER
Kevin Maurel FRA
Baptiste Neveu FRA
Michael Raelert GER
Matthew Russell USA
Paul Ruttmann AUT
Evert Scheltinga NED
Stefan Schumacher GER
Joe Skipper (KQ) GBR
Lars Petter Stormo NOR
Matt Trautman ZAF

Female Race Participants

Name Nation
Ruth Astle GBR
Nikki Bartlett GBR
Lucy Charles-Barclay (AQ) GBR
Susie Cheetham GBR
Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP
Manon Genet FRA
Katharina Grohmann GER
Anne Haug (AQ) GER
Jennifer Lentzke CAN
Kristin Liepold GER
Magda Nieuwoudt ZAF
Pamella Oliveira BRA
Laura Philipp GER
Mariella Sawyer ZAF
Karen Steurs BEL
Natia Van Heerden ZAF
Annah Watkinson ZAF

Ironman South Africa 2019 – Analyzing Results

IMSA_LogoCourse Conditions

This year’s race in Port Elizabeth started with a shortened swim, apparently the conditions were unsafe on parts of the course, especially for the weaker agegroupers. (Ironman South Africa is a normally single large loop swim.) I wasn’t on site so I can’t have an informed opinion on whether it would have been possible to have a full swim at least for the Pros. It’ll be interesting to hear comments from the leading swimmers on that. The official swim distance was 1.6k, and the times seem very slow for that – probably a result of the hard conditions. Even if the swim were half the normal distance, the times would still be slow. (Josh swam just under 25 minutes so that would have been 50 minutes – he was seeded to swim under 48 minutes in Port Elizabeth.)

Even though the bike course has changed significantly to previous years, the times were comparable to earlier years. The run was very fast, it was roughly five minutes quicker than in earlier years. This might be influenced by the shortened swim, but in all likelihood the course was a bit short. We’ll have to wait a bit for GPS tracks to be posted in the next few days. (It seems that the run was about 1k short, corresponding to roughly 4 minutes of run time.)

Of course the shortened swim invalidates all time comparisons to other years or races. Nonetheless I have calculated how the athletes times stacked up to what could have been expected from them, resulting in the “Diff to expected” columns and the coloring of the numbers (green=faster than expected, red = slower than expected). The background colors show the fastest athletes in each of the legs.

Male Race Results

Once again, Josh Amberger was leading after the swim, but with the shortened course he only had 30 seconds on the field and was quickly caught by a large group. Andreas Dreitz needed the first of two bike loops to bridge up to the lead group, but once he did the group got smaller and smaller. In the final 20k of the bike Ben Hoffman built a gap of 90 seconds to a small group of four athletes.

Once on the run, Ben was extending his lead bit by bit – in the end he ran a 2:39 marathon and won by almost six minutes over Nils Frommhold who was the best runner of the chase group. Third and fourth place went to Michael Weiss and Eneko Llanos who caught most of the chase group with solid marathons. As they were already qualified, the next two spots were also Kona qualifying places, these went to Maurice Clavel and Andreas Dreitz. Josh Amberger ran a solid sub-3 marathon but that was only good enough for seventh place, just short of a Kona slot.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Ben Hoffman USA 00:26:03 04:24:24 02:39:17 07:34:19 -13:02 US$ 30,000
2 Nils Frommhold GER 00:25:48 04:26:23 02:43:43 07:40:12 -07:07 US$ 15,000
3 Michael Weiss AUT 00:30:05 04:24:18 02:43:41 07:42:35 -03:06 US$ 8,000
4 Eneko Llanos ESP 00:25:56 04:28:24 02:45:57 07:44:59 -14:23 US$ 6,500
5 Maurice Clavel GER 00:25:54 04:26:26 02:49:03 07:45:29 -07:14 US$ 5,000
6 Andreas Dreitz GER 00:26:20 04:25:23 02:49:01 07:45:38 -06:36 US$ 3,500
7 Josh Amberger AUS 00:24:59 04:27:00 02:56:00 07:52:19 -09:50 US$ 2,500
8 Matt Trautman ZAF 00:27:17 04:33:56 02:49:00 07:54:22 -05:17 US$ 2,000
9 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:28:36 04:37:28 02:46:01 07:56:20 15:11 US$ 1,500
10 Giulio Molinari ITA 00:25:42 04:29:12 03:02:22 08:02:13 00:18 US$ 1,000
11 David McNamee GBR 00:26:00 04:52:13 02:41:24 08:04:47 18:26
12 Samuel Huerzeler SUI 00:28:32 04:43:12 02:51:52 08:08:50 03:30
13 Gustavo Rodriguez Iglesias ESP 00:28:30 04:35:19 03:01:31 08:10:52 02:59
14 Sebastian Norberg SWE 00:30:09 04:42:38 02:53:40 08:11:00 -08:55
15 James Cunnama ZAF 00:28:16 04:36:56 03:03:05 08:12:26 25:14
16 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:26:54 04:43:46 03:04:35 08:20:04 -09:53
17 Reece Barclay GBR 00:25:51 04:55:46 02:53:49 08:20:29 08:37
18 Victor Arroyo Bugallo ESP 00:30:07 04:52:54 02:52:34 08:20:45 06:51
19 Paul Ruttmann AUT 00:29:37 04:46:25 03:14:15 08:35:27 n/a
20 Vinicius Canhedo BRA 00:29:38 04:57:38 03:08:18 08:41:16 02:43
21 Gerhard De Bruin ZAF 00:30:20 05:10:08 03:01:46 08:47:44 00:34
22 Eneko Elosegui ESP 00:31:04 05:09:04 03:08:24 08:55:23 01:20
Tim Van Berkel AUS 00:25:53 04:44:48 DNF
Tim Don GBR 00:25:32 DNF
Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:25:41 DNF
Patrik Nilsson SWE 00:25:56 DNF
Alessandro Degasperi ITA 00:26:07 DNF
Markus Thomschke GER 00:28:28 DNF

Female Race Results

When Lucy Charles-Barclay exited the swim, she was in the lead, but Lauren Brandon had been able to stay on her feet. They stayed in the lead for the first half of the bike, until German Anja Ippach had closed her four minute gap after the swim. Anja continued to ride strong in the second half of the bike and started the run with a three minute lead over Lucy and Lauren. By then the rest of the field was more than fifteen minutes back. Once on the run it was obvious that Lucy was the strongest runner of the three leading ladies, and towards the end of the first of four run loops she was able to take the lead. By then Gurutze Frades and Annah Watkinson were starting to close the gap to the front, in the end they were able to run fantastic 2:52 and 2:55 marathons and stormed onto the podium, also snagging the two available Kona slots on the female side. Lauren Brandon was able to post a new run PR, but that was only good for fourth, while Anja Ippach struggled towards the end and fell back into fifth place.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Lucy Charles-Barclay GBR 00:25:20 05:05:46 02:59:32 08:35:31 03:20 US$ 30,000
2 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 00:32:59 05:10:07 02:52:40 08:40:47 -17:33 US$ 15,000
3 Annah Watkinson ZAF 00:30:44 05:12:17 02:55:02 08:43:18 -21:13 US$ 8,000
4 Lauren Brandon USA 00:25:28 05:05:41 03:17:54 08:53:35 -10:05 US$ 6,500
5 Anja Ippach GER 00:29:39 04:58:09 03:24:38 08:57:10 06:20 US$ 5,000
6 Tessa Kortekaas NED 00:34:08 05:18:54 03:11:52 09:10:01 n/a US$ 3,500
7 Antonina Reznikov ISR 00:39:35 05:22:09 03:11:23 09:19:25 -20:07 US$ 2,500
8 Federica De Nicola ITA 00:32:58 05:23:42 03:20:22 09:23:10 15:29 US$ 2,000
9 Ashley Paulson USA 00:40:09 05:31:39 03:06:48 09:24:11 05:35 US$ 1,500
10 Mareen Hufe GER 00:32:56 05:17:11 03:31:59 09:27:54 45:29 US$ 1,000
Angela Lindberg GER 00:36:59 06:14:54 DNF
Natalie Seymour GBR 00:32:07 DNF

Kona Qualifying

The following athletes were able to validate their Automatic Qualifier slots by finishing IM South Africa:

  • Lucy Charles-Barclay
  • Bart Aernouts
  • David McNamee

As Michael Weiss and Eneko Llanos were already qualified before the race, these athletes received a Kona slot (pending official results and acceptance at Monday’s award ceremony):

  • Gurutze Frades
  • Annah Watkinson
  • Ben Hoffman
  • Nils Frommhold
  • Maurice Clavel
  • Andreas Dreitz

Ironman South Africa 2019 (April 7th) – Seedings

IMSA_LogoUpdates:

  • April 6th: The following athletes have not signed in for the Pro Meeting and are unlikely to race on Sunday: Peru Alfaro and Philipp Lamberty. Johann Ackerman, Marcus Liebelt, Urs Müller and Angela Naeth haven’t even been on the sign-in sheets, so they probably have withdrawn earlier. I have crossed off these athletes in the tables below.
    This would make it 30 male and 12 female Pros racing, resulting in four male slots and 2 female slots. 
  • March 27th: Jan van Berkel announced that he has pinched a nerve and has to cancel his trip to South Africa. Speedy recovery!
  • March 28th: Evert Scheltinga also won’t be racing.

Previous Winners

Year Male Winner Time Female Winner Time
2006 Gerrit Schellens (BEL) 08:36:06 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:46:38
2007 Gerrit Schellens (BEL) 08:33:05 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:22:01
2008 Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 08:18:23 Bella Bayliss (GBR) 09:27:48
2009 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 08:17:32 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 09:16:32
2010 Raynard Tissink (ZAF) 08:23:28 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 09:16:55
2011 Raynard Tissink (ZAF) 08:05:36 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 08:33:56
2012 Clemente Alonso McKernan (ESP) 08:34:45 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 09:47:10
2013 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 08:11:24 Jessie Donavan (USA) 09:10:58
2014 Nils Frommhold (GER) 08:26:07 Simone Braendli (SUI) 09:31:54
2015 Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 08:16:35 Jodie Cunnama (GBR) 09:26:56
2016 Ben Hoffman (USA) 08:12:37 Kaisa Sali (FIN) 09:06:50
2017 Ben Hoffman (USA) 07:58:40 Daniela Ryf (SUI) 08:47:02
2018 Kyle Buckingham (ZAF) 08:13:00 Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) 08:56:06

Last Race Results

Here’s the link to the analysis of last year’s results.

Male Top 3

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 00:48:22 04:31:51 02:48:42 08:13:00
2 Josh Amberger AUS 00:46:24 04:31:35 02:53:43 08:16:01
3 Maurice Clavel GER 00:48:21 04:31:56 02:54:01 08:18:51

Female Top 3

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time
1 Lucy Charles-Barclay GBR 00:47:32 04:57:21 03:05:45 08:56:06
2 Susie Cheetham GBR 00:55:48 05:01:54 03:00:47 09:02:58
3 Linsey Corbin USA 00:55:48 05:08:14 02:58:16 09:07:10

Course Records

There have been a couple of course changes over the years, especially on the bike. Nonetheless, the following are the fastest times in South Africa:

Leg Gender Record Athlete Date
Total overall 07:58:40 Ben Hoffman 2017-04-02
Swim overall 00:45:22 Anton Storm 2009-04-05
Bike overall 04:19:41 Raynard Tissink 2011-04-10
Run overall 02:42:52 Ben Hoffman 2017-04-02
Total female 08:33:56 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10
Swim female 00:47:32 Lucy Charles-Barclay 2018-04-15
Bike female 04:45:23 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10
Run female 02:52:54 Chrissie Wellington 2011-04-10

Course Rating

The Course Rating for IM South Africa is 03:26.

Race Adjustments for IM South Africa

Year Adjustment Swim Adj. Bike Adj. Run Adj. # of Finishers Rating Swim Rating Bike Rating Run Rating
2006 01:34 -03:56 02:49 02:41 28 01:34 -03:56 02:49 02:41
2007 01:16 -08:10 06:34 02:52 33 01:25 -06:03 04:41 02:47
2008 15:32 01:07 10:31 03:54 36 06:07 -03:41 06:38 03:10
2009 17:18 02:43 13:35 01:01 28 08:55 -02:05 08:23 02:37
2010 09:38 -00:12 08:23 01:27 34 09:03 -01:42 08:23 02:23
2011 15:30 00:07 13:51 01:33 36 10:08 -01:24 09:17 02:15
2012 -11:58 -08:14 -06:39 02:54 28 06:58 -02:23 07:01 02:21
2013 06:23 -01:59 07:37 00:45 36 of 44 06:54 -02:20 07:05 02:09
2014 -12:12 -01:03 -08:23 -02:47 29 of 40 04:46 -02:11 05:22 01:36
2015 -13:44 -00:59 -11:06 -01:39 49 of 61 02:55 -02:04 03:44 01:16
2016 03:31 -03:11 06:40 00:03 42 of 53 02:59 -02:10 04:00 01:10
2017 08:21 -00:16 07:41 00:57 43 of 63 03:25 -02:01 04:18 01:09
2018 03:34 -00:07 01:35 02:06 35 of 47 03:26 -01:52 04:06 01:13

Kona slots and Prize Money

IM South Africa has 2m+2f +2u Pro Kona slot(s). Looking at the bib list, it is like that the female Pros will get two Kona slots, while the males will get four. (Final assignment is based on the number of Pros starting the race.) It has a total prize purse of 150.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

Estimated Time Plan and Race Coverage

The following table shows the time plan for the race start and the estimated times for the first athlete in the transition zones or across the finish line. The estimates are based on the start time and my time estimates, these times can change based on how fast or slow the race ends up:

What Est. Racetime Est. Local Time
Male Pro Start 06:30
Female Pro Start 06:35
Age Group Start 06:45
First Male in T1 00:47:46 07:17
First Female in T1 00:49:08 07:24
First Male in T2 05:18:38 11:48
First Female in T2 05:47:29 12:22
Male Winner 08:06:50 14:36
Female Winner 08:53:29 15:28

Port Elizabeth is on South Africa Standard Time, 2 hours ahead of UTC. Here are the conversions to a few other time zones:

  • +8 hours: Melbourne (AEST, DST ends on April 7th), race starts 2:30pm
  • – 1 hour: United Kingdom (BST), race starts at 5:30am
  • no difference: Central Europe (CEST), race starts at 6:30am
  • – 6 hours: US East Coast (EDT), race starts at 12:30am
  • – 9 hours: US West Coast (PDT), race starts at 9:30pm on Saturday

The race will be available on Ironman NOW through Facebook Watch.

Male Race Participants

The strength of the field is 74% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 8 Nils Frommhold GER 08:06:50 08:26:04 00:50:04 04:25:13 05:20:17 02:46:33 53% +0% -47% (11) (32)
2 2 Ben Hoffman USA 08:08:02 08:20:48 00:50:23 04:25:56 05:21:19 02:46:43 34% +37% -30% (21) 16
3 12 Patrik Nilsson SWE 08:08:29 08:15:07 00:49:12 04:28:40 05:22:52 02:45:37 47% +20% -33% (11) 6
4 5 Bart Aernouts (AQ) BEL 08:09:03 08:12:50 00:53:43 04:28:11 05:26:54 02:42:09 71% +24% -5% (14) 5
5 6 David McNamee (AQ) GBR 08:10:22 08:15:28 00:49:40 04:30:54 05:25:34 02:44:48 41% +39% -21% (9) 7
6 10 James Cunnama ZAF 08:15:26 08:23:38 00:50:32 04:27:03 05:22:34 02:52:52 53% +20% -27% (29) 27
7 15 Michael Weiss (KQ) AUT 08:16:00 08:23:45 00:55:40 04:22:02 05:22:43 02:53:17 90% +2% -8% (24) 28
8 14 Andreas Dreitz GER 08:16:41 08:21:34 00:51:22 04:22:16 05:18:38 02:58:03 70% +0% -30% (4) 20
9 11 Tim Van Berkel AUS 08:17:52 08:21:27 00:49:57 04:34:01 05:28:58 02:48:54 89% +6% -5% (26) 19
10 7 Tim Don GBR 08:19:19 08:28:54 00:49:48 04:24:50 05:19:37 02:59:42 19% +14% -67% (7) 43
11 1 Kyle Buckingham ZAF 08:19:22 08:27:33 00:50:28 04:31:10 05:26:37 02:52:45 80% +7% -13% (17) 36
12 4 Maurice Clavel GER 08:20:01 08:21:37 00:49:37 04:28:35 05:23:12 02:56:49 79% +0% -21% (4) 21
13 16 Jan van Berkel SUI 08:20:01 08:25:40 00:50:27 04:33:41 05:29:08 02:50:53 69% +20% -10% (20) 30
14 3 Josh Amberger AUS 08:21:31 08:35:16 00:47:46 04:28:28 05:21:14 03:00:17 60% +11% -29% (7) 62
15 19 Alessandro Degasperi ITA 08:23:58 08:31:22 00:51:33 04:38:36 05:35:09 02:48:49 69% +0% -31% (16) 53
16 13 Eneko Llanos (KQ) ESP 08:25:50 08:28:18 00:50:10 04:30:24 05:25:34 03:00:16 79% +0% -21% (36) 39
17 17 Giulio Molinari ITA 08:26:20 08:30:43 00:50:05 04:31:51 05:26:57 02:59:23 84% +0% -16% (8) 50
18 35 Evert Scheltinga NED 08:26:36 08:34:12 00:50:38 04:30:08 05:25:46 03:00:50 78% +0% -22% (8) 59
19 9 Matt Trautman (KQ) ZAF 08:27:07 08:30:00 00:52:20 04:33:50 05:31:10 02:55:57 30% +34% -36% (8) 47
20 18 Johann Ackermann GER 08:31:50 08:40:04 00:49:51 04:33:05 05:27:56 03:03:54 70% +0% -30% (13) 82
21 27 Samuel Huerzeler SUI 08:33:45 08:42:11 00:54:28 04:39:08 05:38:37 02:55:08 79% +21% -0% (14) 89
22 33 Gustavo Rodriguez Iglesias ESP 08:34:03 08:44:45 00:56:30 04:37:29 05:38:59 02:55:04 44% +34% -22% (6) 98
23 36 Markus Thomschke GER 08:34:26 08:37:31 00:53:40 04:36:01 05:34:41 02:59:45 55% +17% -29% (21) 76
24 21 Peru Alfaro San Ildefonso ESP 08:35:45 08:45:05 00:49:42 04:42:19 05:37:01 02:58:44 59% +0% -41% (5) 100
25 23 Reece Barclay GBR 08:40:12 08:56:43 00:49:49 04:42:53 05:37:42 03:02:30 56% +0% -44% (2) (141)
26 29 Markus Liebelt GER 08:41:35 08:55:18 00:54:34 04:35:50 05:35:24 03:06:11 40% +0% -60% (5) (137)
27 22 Victor Arroyo Bugallo ESP 08:44:01 08:52:32 00:59:07 04:46:39 05:50:46 02:53:15 64% +0% -36% (3) 124
28 25 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 08:51:18 09:05:28 00:53:16 04:38:20 05:36:36 03:14:42 41% +13% -46% (18) 168
29 31 Sebastian Norberg SWE 08:54:10 09:03:58 00:56:28 04:42:50 05:44:18 03:09:52 41% +21% -38% (5) 165
30 30 Urs Mueller SUI 09:00:55 09:10:52 00:54:36 04:47:54 05:47:30 03:13:25 66% +9% -25% (11) 182
31 24 Vinicius Canhedo BRA 09:07:07 09:22:38 00:54:15 04:57:50 05:57:05 03:10:02 16% +31% -53% (5) (216)
32 32 Jonas Oerarbaeck SWE 09:10:06 09:22:51 01:02:00 04:57:27 06:04:28 03:05:38 63% +0% -37% (3) (218)
33 20 Gerhard De Bruin ZAF 09:14:04 09:26:31 00:56:09 04:52:50 05:53:59 03:20:05 84% +16% -0% (7) 224
34 26 Eneko Elosegui ESP 09:26:26 09:34:16 01:02:41 04:55:21 06:03:02 03:23:24 82% +4% -14% (22) 239
35 28 Philippe Lamberty LUX 10:12:58 10:34:01 00:55:36 04:54:34 05:55:09 04:17:49 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (269)
34 Paul Ruttmann AUT n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated 0% +0% -100% (2) (n/a)
37 Clinton Gravett ZAF n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)

Female Race Participants

The strength of the field is 20% of a typical Kona field.

# Bib Name Nat Expected Rating ESwim EBike ET2 ERun Consistency Overall
1 40 Lucy Charles-Barclay (AQ) GBR 08:53:29 09:00:49 00:49:08 04:53:21 05:47:29 03:06:00 48% +52% -0% (6) 2
2 52 Angela Naeth CAN 09:14:45 09:25:27 01:01:16 04:53:37 05:59:53 03:14:52 3% +72% -25% (11) 33
3 43 Mareen Hufe (KQ) GER 09:16:12 09:19:01 01:00:22 04:55:46 06:01:09 03:15:03 79% +17% -4% (29) 20
4 44 Anja Ippach GER 09:20:21 09:29:34 00:53:53 04:58:20 05:57:13 03:23:08 52% +3% -45% (13) (38)
5 42 Lauren Brandon USA 09:27:21 09:38:17 00:49:48 05:04:24 05:59:12 03:28:09 39% +16% -46% (9) 49
6 41 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 09:28:57 09:34:42 01:02:42 05:11:47 06:19:29 03:09:28 84% +9% -7% (13) 43
7 45 Annah Watkinson ZAF 09:37:09 09:49:41 01:01:08 05:15:27 06:21:34 03:15:35 54% +0% -46% (8) 68
8 46 Federica De Nicola ITA 09:42:28 09:50:08 01:02:27 05:09:19 06:16:46 03:25:42 78% +0% -22% (4) 71
9 49 Ashley Paulson USA 09:58:05 10:08:27 01:15:11 05:28:13 06:48:23 03:09:42 66% +12% -23% (10) 94
10 48 Angela Lindberg GER 10:19:05 10:42:54 01:04:56 05:37:01 06:46:57 03:32:08 30% +0% -70% (7) (128)
11 50 Antonina Reznikov ISR 10:21:53 10:41:38 01:13:28 05:31:22 06:49:50 03:32:03 n/a (1 IM Pro race) (127)
47 Tessa Kortekaas NED n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (no IM Pro race) (n/a)
51 Natalie Seymour GBR n/a unrated unrated unrated unrated unrated n/a (1 IM Pro race) (n/a)

Winning Odds

Male Race Participants

  • Bart Aernouts: 39% (2-1)
  • Nils Frommhold: 20% (4-1)
  • Ben Hoffman: 11% (8-1)
  • David McNamee: 10% (9-1)
  • James Cunnama: 6% (17-1)
  • Patrik Nilsson: 5% (21-1)
  • Tim Don: 3% (32-1)
  • Michael Weiss: 2% (48-1)

Female Race Participants

  • Lucy Charles-Barclay: 76% (1-1)
  • Mareen Hufe: 13% (7-1)
  • Angela Naeth: 5% (17-1)
  • Anja Ippach: 2% (44-1)
  • Gurutze Frades Larralde: 2% (61-1)

Ironman South Africa 2019 (April 7th) – Entry List

Update March 14th:

  • WPRO additions: Federica De Nicola, Mareen Hufe, Ashley Paulson, and Antonina Reznikov
  • MPRO additions: Peru Alfaro, Kyle Buckingham, James Cunnama, Karl-Johan Danielsson, Alessandro Degasperi, Tim Don, Andreas Dreitz, Eneko Elosegui, Ben Hoffman, Markus Liebelt, Eneko Llanos, David McNamee, Giulio Molinari, Sebastian Norberg, Jonas Oerarbaeck, Gustavo Rodriguez Iglesias, Evert Scheltinga, and Michael Weiss
  • The following athletes are no longer on the latest start list: Daniel Brown, and Imanol Sagarzazu – I have just added a question mark to their name in the list below.

Kona Slots and Prize Money

IM South Africa has 2m+2f +2u Pro Kona slots. It has a total prize purse of 150.000 US$, paying 10 deep.

There are 36 men and 13 women on the latest list, this would mean that both unassigned slots go to the men. (The final assignment will be based on the number of Pros starting the race. ) With quite a few males already qualified or just needing to validate their AQ slots, the rolldown could go quite far.

Male Race Participants

Name Nation
Johann Ackermann GER
Bart Aernouts (AQ) BEL
Peru Alfaro ESP
Josh Amberger AUS
Victor Arroyo Bugallo ESP
Reece Barclay GBR
Daniel Brown (?) AUS
Kyle Buckingham ZAF
Vinicius Canhedo BRA
Maurice Clavel GER
James Cunnama ZAF
Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE
Gerhard De Bruin ZAF
Alessandro Degasperi ITA
Tim Don GBR
Andreas Dreitz GER
Eneko Elosegui ESP
Nils Frommhold GER
Ben Hoffman USA
Samuel Huerzeler SUI
Philippe Lamberty LUX
Markus Liebelt GER
Eneko Llanos (KQ) ESP
David McNamee (AQ) GBR
Giulio Molinari ITA
Urs Mueller SUI
Patrik Nilsson SWE
Sebastian Norberg SWE
Jonas Oerarbaeck SWE
Gustavo Rodriguez Iglesias ESP
Paul Ruttmann AUT
Imanol Sagarzazu (?) ESP
Evert Scheltinga NED
Markus Thomschke GER
Matt Trautman (KQ) ZAF
Jan van Berkel SUI
Tim Van Berkel AUS
Michael Weiss (KQ) AUT

Female Race Participants

Name Nation
Lauren Brandon USA
Lucy Charles-Barclay (AQ) GBR
Federica De Nicola ITA
Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP
Mareen Hufe (KQ) GER
Anja Ippach GER
Tessa Kortekaas NED
Angela Lindberg GER
Angela Naeth CAN
Ashley Paulson USA
Antonina Reznikov ISR
Natalie Seymour GBR
Annah Watkinson ZAF

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