IM Cairns 2013 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

As usual, IM Cairns was a pretty slow course this year – an adjustment of 1:16 leading to a new course rating of 2:44. This year, especially the run was slower than normal (-4:19, with a new run rating of -1:48).

Male Race Results

Luke McKenzie took control of the race on the bike, posting a 4:21 split that was 14 minutes quicker than Clayton Fettel’s (who then struggled on the run). With the 2.000 points from Cairns, he should now be pretty safe for a Kona slot. Tim Berkel managed to run a 2:44 – 15 minutes quicker thank Luke’s solid 3:01 marathon, but never really challenging for the win. Macca posted a second best run (2:54) and validated his “automatic” Kona slot – he probably can’t have asked for much more after his hospital visit for kidney issues earlier in the week. However, if he wants to contend in Kona, he needs to work on his bike endurance so he can again race with the very best.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Luke McKenzie AUS 00:49:47 04:21:52 03:01:32 08:17:43 08:43:27
2 Tim Berkel AUS 00:52:25 04:40:57 02:44:24 08:22:16 08:46:57
3 Chris McCormack AUS 00:49:55 04:43:38 02:54:52 08:32:50 08:29:52
4 Jason Shortis AUS 00:58:31 04:38:36 02:55:47 08:38:21 08:55:34
5 Clayton Fettell AUS 00:47:53 04:35:36 03:13:16 08:41:42 08:29:08
6 Matty White AUS 00:51:14 04:42:07 03:12:50 08:51:18 08:48:32
7 Todd Israel AUS 00:51:19 04:39:24 03:22:51 08:58:38 09:02:38
8 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:52:26 04:56:55 03:11:38 09:05:48 09:12:15
9 Johan Borg AUS 00:56:21 04:45:20 03:22:40 09:09:38 09:10:05
10 Matt Randall NZL 01:05:48 04:50:55 03:46:33 09:49:14 n/a

Female Race Results

On the women’s side, we saw another IM rookie win with Liz Blatchford outrunning veteran Gina Crawford:

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Liz Blatchford GBR 00:54:13 05:10:23 03:09:38 09:19:51 n/a
2 Gina Crawford NZL 00:55:43 05:08:26 03:13:09 09:23:14 09:25:15
3 Stephanie Jones USA 01:06:41 05:04:09 03:15:17 09:31:46 10:04:43
4 Anna Ross NZL 01:02:25 05:08:56 03:29:06 09:46:28 09:41:27
5 Beth Walsh USA 01:06:46 05:23:37 03:19:42 09:55:23 09:47:28
6 Michelle Gailey AUS 00:58:06 05:25:13 03:42:14 10:11:52 09:38:01
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