Conditions in Sweden sounded decent – not too hot or cold, but probably a bit too windy for really fast times. After a new swim course record (Clemente Alonso’s 47:29 was faster than Andy Boecherer’s time from 2012 by more than a minute) Cameron Wurf posted a new bike course – he improved on the 2012 time (when the bike course was likely a bit short) by KJ Danielsson by more than 10 minutes! Clemente’s 8:07 was the second fastest ever in Sweden (after Jan Raphael’s 2012 winning time on what was a different – and likely shorter – course).
Male Race Results
Clemente Alonso was first out of the water, but it took Cameron Wurf only 60k to make up his three minute difference after the swim. Cam then continued to ride faster than everyone else, posted a new bike course record and entered T2 with an eight minute gap to Clemente and Swedish hopeful KJ Danielsson. Cam ran an even marathon pace, but Clemente was slowly eating into his lead. By 30k Clemente surged past Cam, but was never quite able to clearly gap him. Clemente won his first IM since IM Barcelona in 2014 (and a long time dealing with injuries) in front of Cam who was just over a minute behind at the finish. Third place went to Esben Hovgaard who overtook KJ in the last 4k of the run.
|Rank||Name||Nation||Swim||Bike||Run||Time||Diff to exp.||Prize Money||KPR Points|
|1||Clemente Alonso McKernan||ESP||00:47:29||04:24:55||02:50:23||08:07:48||-05:40||US$ 15,000||2000|
|2||Cameron Wurf||AUS||00:50:20||04:14:27||03:00:38||08:08:58||-19:41||US$ 7,500||1600|
|3||Esben Hovgaard||DEN||00:51:25||04:32:37||02:58:03||08:25:18||-06:56||US$ 5,000||1280|
|4||Karl-Johan Danielsson||SWE||00:50:13||04:23:13||03:12:05||08:28:32||-13:17||US$ 3,250||960|
|5||Daniil Sapunov||UKR||00:47:33||04:41:25||03:01:23||08:34:02||03:33||US$ 2,750||720|
|6||Andrey Lyatskiy||RUS||00:51:26||04:50:30||02:58:51||08:44:16||-02:15||US$ 2,000||540|
|7||Michael Smith Larsen||DEN||00:55:25||04:37:29||03:10:00||08:46:09||04:39||US$ 1,500||405|
|8||Jonas Oerarbaeck||SWE||00:58:43||04:44:01||03:03:01||08:49:21||n/a||US$ 1,250||305|
|9||Pascal Ramali||GER||00:58:49||04:30:31||03:16:05||08:49:44||01:02||US$ 1,000||230|
|10||Marcus Hultgren||SWE||00:54:06||04:38:40||03:14:29||08:51:19||-24:14||US$ 750||170|
Kona Qualifying Implications
As Sweden is one of the last races before the August cutoff, a few Kona Qualifying decisions have been determined:
- Cameron Wurf finished second, exactly the minimum result he needed to be secure for a Kona slot. Congratulations!
- Giulio Molinari and Denis Chevrot were on the start list but decided not to race, but even without adding points this weekend they are also safe for a slot.
- Esben Hovgaard and Daniil Sapunov were also in the running for a slot, but they finished one rank behind what they would have needed to make it into the bubble. They are now 14th and 17th in the August KPR (before IM Mont Tremblant), so don’t have a chance for a slot without a massive number of rolldowns.