IM France 2013 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

With both Frederik and Mary Beth posting new course records (and Bart Aernouts posting one of the fastest IM marathon times ever), it appears that the conditions were pretty good. However, this is not backed up by the data: An overall adjustment of 6:05 is pretty much in line with the new course rating of 5:44. Digging a bit further, the run was pretty quick. As we’ve had some other years with fast run times and IM France is an established race, I assume that the fast runs were aided by good conditions and were not caused by a short course. My summary of my analysis: The conditions themselves were not fast, but they aided quick times.

Male Race Results

Frederik and Bart both broke the old course record while posting very fast marathon times:

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 00:48:00 04:33:29 02:42:07 08:08:59 08:22:16
2 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:51:32 04:38:29 02:37:01 08:12:28 08:20:50
3 Clemente Alonso-McKernan ESP 00:47:59 04:52:38 02:48:52 08:35:52 08:24:07
4 Bruno Clerbout BEL 00:51:22 04:57:51 02:48:37 08:43:17 08:52:23
5 Jose Jeuland FRA 00:51:29 04:57:57 02:57:35 08:52:35 09:07:51
6 Olivier Marceau SUI 00:51:37 04:57:45 03:01:37 08:56:36 08:58:55
7 Reto Stutz SUI 00:57:04 04:44:18 03:11:10 09:00:13 n/a
8 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:00:14 04:58:25 02:56:02 09:03:06 08:58:32
9 Michael Wetzel GER 00:55:31 05:00:02 03:05:21 09:07:04 09:02:15
10 Olivier Cardoen BEL 00:55:26 04:58:23 03:18:05 09:18:41 09:06:48
11 Luca De Paolis ITA 01:00:09 05:02:25 03:17:57 09:26:45 09:45:43
12 Pierre Dorez FRA 00:54:52 05:12:58 03:18:25 09:33:44 09:41:31
13 Ivan Jezko SVK 00:59:52 05:03:36 03:34:08 09:44:28 n/a
14 Remmert Wielinga NED 01:33:55 04:39:14 03:58:11 10:21:45 n/a
15 Teemu Kyllonen FIN 01:00:47 05:23:31 04:01:54 10:38:28 09:25:35

Female Race Results

Mary Beth also improved the course record and continued her streak of being unbeaten in an IM outside of Kona. Even though breaking the course record, she was still racing a bit slower than her rating would have indicated. Part of this can be explained by a crash on the bike and a flat tire, but it also seems that she did not have to spend all her matches in qualifying and has some left for the big race in Kona:

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Mary Beth Ellis USA 00:51:22 05:11:40 03:04:06 09:12:54 09:09:06
2 Jeanne Collonge FRA 00:55:40 05:17:38 03:00:51 09:20:51 09:55:57
3 Delphine Pelletier FRA 00:55:33 05:19:43 03:00:42 09:22:37 n/a
4 Lisa Ribes USA 01:03:37 05:23:56 03:02:08 09:36:43 09:40:42
5 Lucie Reed CZE 00:51:29 05:33:45 03:26:40 09:57:44 09:28:44

IM France was paying eight deep, but only had five ladies starting and finishing which is a bit of surprise with the fields in Austria and Frankfurt being much larger.

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