IM New Zealand 2013 – Analyzing Results

My focus of the first big weekend of Triathlon racing was on IM New Zealand, even if it happened in the middle of the night for me. (The other races in Abu Dhabi and ‘Escape from Alcatraz’ sounded great as well, but I’m mainly interested in IM-distance racing.)

Conditions on race day were typical for New Zealand, the adjustment of 3:30 was in line with the newest course rating of 4:07.

Male Race Results

The big question for the men’s race was if Cameron Brown could hold on to his 10-time winning streak of full Ironman races in New Zealand. (The only times he was beaten was when the race had to be shortened.) He delivered a solid performance, even if he was more than ten minutes slower than his predicted time. The title stayed in New Zealand – with Ironman rookie Bevan Docherty winning with a ┬ácourse-record performance. (Not only did he better Cam’s overall record but also Torbjorn Sindballe’s bike record.) He’s joining the ranks of recent IM-rookie-winners – Andy Starykowicz in Florida,┬áNils Frommhold in Arizona and Ivan Rana in Cozumel. Seems that the top IM rankings will change a bit this year!

Second place was captured by Marko Albert with a smart race that allowed him to post an even better run split than Cam Brown. (I almost feel that Cam was holding a bit back for Melbourne when it was clear that he wouldn’t be able to improve on his third place. Something for a more detailed analysis!)

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Bevan Docherty NZL 00:45:44 04:35:06 02:49:46 08:15:35 n/a
2 Marko Albert EST 00:45:34 04:38:34 02:56:56 08:25:30 08:40:06
3 Cameron Brown NZL 00:50:09 04:41:52 02:57:16 08:34:28 08:22:57
4 Courtney Ogden AUS 00:50:15 04:44:14 02:58:24 08:38:53 08:40:39
5 Balazs Csoke HUN 00:47:40 04:48:51 03:03:55 08:46:05 09:01:36
6 Carl Read NZL 00:53:14 04:53:14 02:56:50 08:48:16 08:59:14
7 Keegan Williams NZL 00:51:46 04:48:40 03:04:50 08:50:22 08:54:22
8 Ben Cotter CAN 00:54:16 04:48:49 03:13:40 09:02:47 09:12:34
9 Chris Sanson NZL 00:54:08 04:58:27 03:08:59 09:07:01 n/a
10 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:51:35 05:01:02 03:18:54 09:17:12 09:07:11
11 Scott Defilippis USA 00:51:53 04:58:56 03:20:25 09:18:34 09:04:13
12 Ernst Moser AUT 00:54:45 05:00:47 03:20:21 09:20:22 09:04:52
13 Jacson Kluts NZL 00:58:14 05:04:07 03:20:28 09:29:04 n/a
14 Kodo Hiramatsu JPN 00:51:56 05:20:59 03:20:23 09:39:11 10:05:34
15 Shanon Stallard NZL 00:54:12 05:18:06 03:39:31 09:58:21 09:05:04
16 Daiki Masuda JPN 00:54:51 05:08:39 04:11:15 10:20:54 09:55:42
17 David Bowden NZL 00:54:54 05:17:25 05:00:18 11:20:18 n/a

Female Race Results

On the women’s side, Meredith Kessler “defended” her 2012 title. (She said herself that her win in the shortened 2012 had a little asterisk to it, and now she captured the title for real.) Second place Gina Crawford was able to claw a few minutes back on the run, but Meredith was leading the race by eight minutes after the bike. Candice Hammond posted the fastest run split of the day and placed third.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Meredith Kessler USA 00:47:37 05:04:44 03:19:24 09:17:10 09:26:19
2 Gina Crawford NZL 00:51:44 05:08:17 03:14:54 09:20:54 09:24:11
3 Candice Hammond NZL 01:02:37 05:15:00 03:13:20 09:35:52 09:36:32
4 Anna Ross NZL 00:58:21 05:19:02 03:15:47 09:38:59 n/a
5 Janine Sax NZL 01:00:35 05:22:29 03:34:48 10:03:21 n/a
6 Melanie Burke NZL 01:09:58 05:22:34 03:30:03 10:09:02 n/a
7 Megumi Shigaki JPN 00:58:24 05:44:47 03:47:54 10:40:01 10:52:49
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