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TriTrivia for IM Brasil

Here are a few “fun questions” about the top female and male contenders for IM Brasil. Can you guess which athletes I’m referring to? (If you need some help, the full Pro startlist can be found here. The solutions are posted at the bottom.)

  1. He/she finished second at IM South Africa with a wire in the arm as a pin for a broken elbow.
  2. He/she dropped the Kona GPS tracker in a porta-loo.
  3. He/she strained a muscle on the bike portion of IM Austria, but still ran a marathon PR.
  4. He/she had a Kona meltdown of PNF proportions .. running in 8th place at 37k, eventually finishing 21st.
  5. He/she started Kona with what turned out to be a broken fibula – a DNF probably prevented more severe damage.
  6. He/she tore a ligament in the hand, requiring a three week break from swimming and missing some early 2017 races.
  7. After Kona last year, he/she added a new member to the family .. a cute puppy.

If you need some hints, check out my previews for the male and female races, the athletes that “match” the facts above are (in alphabetical order):

  1. Susie Cheetham
  2. Haley Chura
  3. Linsey Corbin
  4. Tim Don
  5. Mareen Hufe
  6. Brent McMahon
  7. Andreas Raelert

Here are the matches: 1A 2D 3G 4E 5B 6F 7C

TriTrivia 2016

After Christmas I’ll be working on the TriRating Report 2016, my analysis of the results of at the 2016 Ironman-distance racing and interesting information about the athletes that played a major role in 2016. You can already pre-order it here (or use the link

As a preview to the content of the Report, here are a few #TriTrivia2016 questions. If you have a problem answering the questions, I have posted my answers at the bottom of this post.


  1. As the fastest Ironman races this year are pretty obvious (and no one who was in Roth will forget them soon), who had the second fastest Ironman-distance races in 2016 (male & female)?
  2. Which North American athletes won an Ironman race in Europe or the Australian continent (Australia and New Zealand)?
    a) Four North American Athletes winning an Ironman in Europe
    b) Two North American Athletes winning an Ironman on the Australian continent
  3. There are three “active IM three-peats” (one athlete winning the same Ironman race in 2014, 15 and 16). Can you name them (athlete, race)?
  4. Who overcame the biggest deficits in T2 to win a 2016 Ironman (male & female athlete at which races)?
  5. Who are the athletes with the most wins on the IM-distance and the 70.3 distance in 2016?
  6. Which were the closest 2016 IM-distance races (male and female winners at which races)?
  7. We saw a number of continental records (fastest times in an IM-distance race) this year. Can you name all four (continent, male/female, athlete)?
  8. In winning Kona 2016, where did Daniela and Jan post the fastest times for the individual legs (swim, bike or run)?
  9. The most successful long-distance nations are the USA, Germany, Australia and Great Britain. Who has posted the fastest 2016 IM-distance finishes (male and female) from each of these nations?
  10. Who posted the fastest marathons in a full IM-distance race in 2016 (male & female)?

2016 TitlePage SmallAll the answers to these questions can be found in my TriRating Report 2016, available for pre-order here.

The Report will have about 70 pages, including:

  • Female and Male Athletes of the Year and Rookies of the Year
  • Top 10 Ratings (overall and individually for swim, bike and run)
  • Top 10 Performances (by “clock time” and by my normalized times)
  • 2016 Money List
  • Looking forward to the 2017 Racing season and Kona 2017

and a ton of race results and all rated athletes!


    1. Lionel Sanders was the second fastest male – he finished IM Arizona in 7:44:29. For the women, the second fastest was Mirinda Carfrae who finished IM Austria in 8:41:17. These two races were also the fastest finished in Ironman-branded races, as the fastest ones were posted at Challenge Roth by Daniela Ryf (8:22:04) and Jan Frodeno (7:35:39). [back to questions]
    2. The four North Americans winning a European IM were Jesse Thomas in Lanzarote, Mary Beth Ellis in Netherlands, Darbi Roberts in Wales and Jocelyn McCauley in Mallorca. There two Americans winning on the Australian continent were Meredith Kessler at IM New Zealand and Beth Gerdes at IM Australia. [back to questions]
    3. Meredith Kessler has two of the “three-peats”, she has won IM Arizona in the last three years and IM New Zealand even for the last five years. The only other athlete with an “active three-peat” in Ironman races is Diana Riesler, she has won IM Malaysia in 2014, 15 and 16. (There are more streaks in 70.3s, the longest active one is probably Jodie Swallow having won 70.3 South Africa for the last six years!) [back to questions]
    4. There are very few cases where a gap of more than 10 minutes in T2 was overcome to win the race. In 2016 there were two on the male side: Tim Van Berkel closing a gap of 14:01 to win IM Cairns, and Patrik Lange (largest gap by a male winner) had a gap of 14:50 when winning IM Texas.
      On the female side, there were Beth Gerdes (gap of 12:19 to win IM Australia), Darbi Roberts (12:27 at IM Wales), Kaisa Lehtonen (12:38 at IM South Africa), and Kristin Möller. Kristin had the biggest T2 gap in 2016, she was able to overcome a gap of 15:45 to win IM Sweden. [back to questions]
    5. There were nine athletes that won two IM-distance races in 2016: Liz Lyles, Melissa Hauschildt, Marino Vanhoenacker, Mary Beth Ellis, Meredith Kessler, Patrik Nilsson, Jan Frodeno, Fredrik Croneborg and Jan Raphael. Only Daniela Ryf managed to win three (Challenge Roth, Ironman Switzerland and IM Hawaii) – all of them with a sub-9 time!
      The “winningest” athlete on the 70.3 distance of 2016 is Lionel Sanders: He won five races over the middle distance. With Heather Wurtele, Annabel Luxford and Andreas Dreitz there were three athletes with four wins.
      [back to questions]
    6. The closest female race was at Challenge Venice, where Erika Csomor won with 42 seconds in front of Martina Dogana. On the IM side it was IM Lanzarote, Tine Holst won with a margin of 2:18 over Alexandra Tondeur.
      The closest race on the male side was Challenge Poznan, 16 seconds separated Denis Sketako and Sergio Marques. The closest IM race was IM Malaysia, Fredrik Croneborg had a 33 seconds advantage over Thiago Vinhal. [back to questions]
    7. The four “continental records” (fastest IM-distance finishes by an athlete from that continent) were the male North American record (Lionel Sanders 7:44:29 from IM Arizona; Andy Potts and Brent McMahon – twice! – were also faster than the old record by Andy Starykowicz), the male Australian continent record (Terenzo Bozzone winning IM Western Australia in 7:51:26, beating the 2007 time by Chris McCormack), the male European record (Jan Frodeno going 7:35:39 at Challenge Roth, beating the old world record by Andreas Raelert) and the female African record (Annah Watkinson’s 9:12:13 at IM Barcelona, improving the 2013 record by Dianne Emery by more than 25 minutes). [back to questions]
      NB: Blog reader Rob pointed out that Paula Newby-Fraser is also an African athlete. Though she was racing for the US in the latter part of her career, she won Kona a number of times racing for Zimbabwe. For example, she won Kona in 1992 in 8:55:28, and also finished IM Germany (at that time still in Roth) in 8:55:00. So Paula is still the fastest female African athlete!
    8. Daniela had two fastest legs: After being 4 seconds behind on the swim, she had the fastest bike (by 8:05) and run legs (by 1:29).  Jan was in the lead or close the front for most of the day, but he didn’t have any of the fastest legs (his differences: 2 seconds on the swim to Harry Wilshire, 5:56 to Boris Stein on the bike, and 5:49 to Patrick Lange on the run). [back to questions]
    9. Here are the fastest times for these nations:
      AUS female: Mirinda Carfrae (8:41:17 at IM Austria on 2016-06-26)
      AUS male: Nick Kastelein (8:05:03 at Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17)
      GBR female: Laura Siddall (8:51:59, Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17)
      GBR male: Joe Skipper (7:56.23, Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17)
      GER female: Astrid Stienen (8:54:27 at IM Barcelona on 2016-10-02)
      GER male: Jan Frodeno (7:35:39 at Challenge Roth on 2016-07-17)
      USA female: Meredith Kessler (8:48:23 at IM Arizona on 2016-11-20)
      USA male: Andy Potts (7:55:12 at IM Western Australia on 2016-12-04)
    10. The fastest marathons in 2016 IM-distance races were by Joe Skipper (2:38:52 in Challenge Roth) and by Mirinda Carfrae (2:49:06 at IM Austria).

Kona Trivia Questions

Here’s a few tricky trivia questions about Kona, this year’s field and some earlier races.

  1. Who are the oldest and youngest athlete’s in this year’s Pro field?
  2. What’s the total number of Kona wins in the male and female field?
  3. Which nation has the most Kona Pros?
  4. Who won Kona (male and female) the last year that an American female was on podium?

I’ve discussed these questions with my friend Tawnee Prazak on an upcoming Endurance Planet episode looking ahead to Kona. Some more questions we didn’t have time for:

  1. Who finished in 10th and 11th place last year (male and female)?
  2. Which Pros will start Kona without a previous Ironman-distance finish?
  3. When was the last time when all Top3 (male or female) came from the same country?

All answers can be found with the information in my Kona Rating Report!

Multiple IM Winners in 2014

As part of my TriTrivia questions, I asked

Which athletes won two Ironman races in 2014?

Tawnee and I discussed this a few times on our TriNews podcast on EndurancePlanet, and a short, factual answer is also in my 2014 TriRating Report. (If you haven’t had a look at it, you can still download it for free!) This post has a longer look at these athletes and their results. Congratulations to these athletes on their great 2014 season – I’m very much looking forward to your 2015 seasons!

Linsey Corbin

Linsey had a great first half of the season, getting her two wins in March and June:

  • March 30: IM Los Cabos 9:16:43
    (53:11, 5:06:17, 3:12:03)
  • June 29: IM Austria 8:42:42
    (53:02, 4:47:02, 2:56:52)

She probably had big hopes for Kona, but unfortunately she did not have the race she wanted. Her 12th place should still give her enough points to plan a season focused on performing well in Kona.

Sebastian Kienle

Sebi had a dream year on the Ironman distance, winning the „big races“:

  • July 6: IM Frankfurt 7:55:14
    (49:40, 4:12:13, 2:49:35)
  • October 11: IM Hawaii 8:14:18
    (54:38, 4:20:46, 2:54:36)

His only disappointment was the 70.3 World Champs – but I guess that he prefers to have the Kona win instead of a 3rd 70.3 title.

Sarah Gross

SaraBrasilAt the start of the year, Sara was a bit frustrated by a string of DNFs. But she moved on and took a giant step forward by winning not only her first IM in Brasil but even following that up with another win in Mont Tremblant:

  • May 25: IM Brasil 8:56:35
    (55:41, 4:49:42, 3:06:12)
  • August 17: IM Mont Tremblant 9:40:26
    (58:42, 5:28:14, 3:07:33)

After all the racing in 2014 it wasn’t a big surprise to see her not have a great race in Kona. You can hear a lot more on her 2014 season in an interview with Sara that Tawnee an I did on EndurancePlanet.

Daniela Ryf

Daniela was a great addition to the 2014 IM season. She won her first two IMs as part of a 6-week winning streak that also included the European and World 70.3 titles:

  • July 27: IM Switzerland 9:13:30
    (56:41, 5:00:18, 3:11:03)
  • August 24: IM Copenhagen 8:53:33
    (48:37, 4:44:09, 3:15:15)

She came very close to extending that streak by almost winning in Kona – she’ll be an athlete to watch in 2015 for sure!

Meredith Kessler

At the start of the year, Meredith defended her New Zealand title and then clearly focused on Kona, only racing 70.3s over the summer. After her DNF in Kona, she finally won in Arizona after a string of 2nd place finishes:

  • March 1: IM New Zealand 9:08:46
    (46:47, 5:08:30, 3:08:06)
  • November 16: IM Arizona 8:50:41
    (50:22, 4:48:06, 3:07:56)

She seems very determined to finally deliver her best performance in Kona and will probably go with a similar season plan for 2015.

Britta Martin

Britta had a great end to her 2014 racing season:

  • September 7: IM Wisconsin 9:30:08
    (59:13, 5:15:26, 3:08:40)
  • December 7: IM Western Australia 8:56:34
    (56:39, 4:55:37, 3:00:00)

In addition to these two IM races, she also won Challenge Taiwan in April, making her the only athlete with three wins over the Ironman-distance in 2014!

Including non-WTC Races

There are a few more athletes who won two races if I include non-WTC races over the Ironman distance:

  • Dylan McNeice
    Dylan is mostly racing Challenge races – he won Challenge Wanaka in January (8:38:48) and Challenge Taiwan in April (8:23:44).
  • Cam Brown
    In addition to IM Cairns in June (8:20:15), Cam also won MetaMan in August (8:28:21). He is currently aiming for his 11th win at his home race, IM New Zealand.
  • Mirinda Carfrae
    Rinnie’s 2014 wins are from Challenge Roth in July (8:49:31) and IM Hawaii in October (9:00:55). A great season, especially considering the strength of the women’s field in Roth this year.

Photo Credits

  • Jay Prasuhn: Linsey Corbin, Sebastian Kienle, Daniela Ryf, Meredith Kessler
  • Ironman: Sara Gross, Britta Martin

Bevan and John TriTrivia scorecard


Bevan and John went through my TriTrivia questions in IMTalk Episode 398. Here’s how they did:

Question Bevan’s and John’s Answer Correct Answer? Comment
1. Who ended Cameron Brown’s winning streak at full distance IM New Zealand? Bevan Docherty in 2013 (but they weren’t 100% sure if Cam hadn’t lost earlier ) Yes They correctly discarded the wins by Marino in 2012 (race shortened to a half IM) and Ain Alar Juhanson in 2006 (90k bike, 21k run).
2. Australia for the men and the UK for the women had a series of Kona wins. Name the highest placed athletes from these countries in Kona 2013! UK: Rachel Joyce (2nd)
Australia: Luke McKenzie (2nd)
3. Name at least one athlete (m or f) who has won two IM-distance races in 2013. Eneko Llanos
Rachel Joyce
Fredrik Van Lierde
Yes The full list of double IM winners:

  • Frederik Van Lierde: IM Hawaii and IM France
  • Luke Bell: IM Australia and IM Mont Tremblant
  • Erika Csomor: IM Los Cabos and IM Austria
  • Victor Del Corral: IM Florida and IM Arizona
  • Mary Beth Ellis: IM France and IM Mont Tremblant
  • Lucy Gossage: IM UK and IM Wales
  • Rachel Joyce: IM Texas and IM Cozumel
  • Eneko Llanos: IM Melbourne and IM Germany
  • Chris McDonald: IM Louisville and IM Lake Tahoe
  • Ronnie Schildknecht: IM South Africa and IM Switzerland
If you include non-WTC races:
  • Dylan McNeice: Challenge Wanaka and Challenge Taiwan
  • Caroline Steffen: Challenge Roth and MetaMan
  • Eva Wutti: IM Copenhagen and Challenge Barcelona
4. Who was the highest placed male Pro in Kona 2013 that has never won an Ironman? Sebastian Kienle
(after only a short discussion)
Yes For the women, it was Kim Schwabenbauer in 22nd place!
5. Name three or more new IM races after the end of 2013 qualifiers! Lake Tahoe
Yes They thought about Canada, but correctly noted that it qualified for 2013.
There are also additional new IM races in Fortalezza (Brasil), Mallorca (Spain) and Langkawi (Malaysia).
6. Name a US athlete that has gone sub-8h! Andrew Starykowicz
(„that’s easy“)
Yes He’s the first and only one so far (7:55:22 in Florida 2013).
7. Which race will be the first Kona 2015 qualifier? Wisconsin Yes Scheduled for September 7th, 2014.
8. Which was the last win by Macca? 2012 ITU Long Distance,
for IM-distance:
2010 Kona
Partly The question I sent to Bevan and John was worded a bit loosely. Therefore, their answer of „2012 ITU Long Distance World Champs“ was correct (July 2012).The version I published on my site was more specifically targeted at „last IM-distance win“. Bevan and John discussed that question too, but they missed Macca’s win at Challenge Cairns in June 2011.
9. Name at least one female US athlete who has gone sub-9h! Mary Beth Ellis
Meredith Kessler
Yes The full list:

  • Sue Latshaw (Roth 1997)
  • Mary Beth Ellis (Austria 2011, Texas 2012)
  • Jessica Jacobs (Florida 2011)
  • Linsey Corbin (Arizona 2011)
  • Ashley Clifford (Florida 2013)
  • Meredith Kessler (Arizona 2013)
  • Elizabeth Lyles (Western Australia 2013)
10. Which were the last IM races won by US athletes (male and female)? M: Andy Potts (Lake Placid)
F: Mary Beth Ellis (somewhere in 2013)
 Partly Andy Potts is the correct answer for the male, but US pro Elizabeth Lyles won the last IM in 2013 (Western Australia).
Bonus: Who were 3rd placed Pros (m+f) in the first ever Challenge Wanaka in 2007? M: John Newsom
F: „maybe Hillary”
Yes Amazing! I was pretty sure John would get the male answer right, but had my doubts he’d also remember Hillary Biscay as the third women.

All in all, Bevan and John did very good. They got two questions only partly right, so I give them a total score of 9 out of 10 (plus the bonus point). Well done!

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