IM South Africa 2013 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

The conditions in South Africa seem to be pretty good – I calculated an adjustment of 6:24, mainly based on a pretty quick run (9:31). After last year’s very rough swim conditions, this year conditions were better but still relatively slow (-2:05) – typical for a cold ocean swim. 

Male Race Results

Ronnie Schildknecht was in the lead for most of the day and won in a convincing fashion, leading the race for most of the day. Cyriel Viennot and Bas Diederen ran their way onto the podium:

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Ronnie Schildknecht SWI 00:52:48 04:22:01 02:53:03 08:11:24 08:23:29
2 Cyril Viennot FRA 00:52:18 04:35:17 02:48:35 08:19:51 08:31:28
3 Bas Diederen NDL 00:49:27 04:38:15 02:48:48 08:20:09 08:20:00
4 Horst Reichel GER 00:49:44 04:37:56 02:50:38 08:22:34 08:56:52
5 Francois Chabaud FRA 00:52:21 04:35:02 02:58:11 08:29:30 08:40:27
6 Herve Faure FRA 00:52:47 04:34:20 03:02:48 08:34:20 08:43:45
7 Dominik Berger AUT 00:49:29 04:37:52 03:12:22 08:43:53 09:02:35
8 Kent Horner ZAF 00:49:31 04:37:59 03:13:14 08:44:32 09:02:27
9 Karol Dzalaj SVK 00:57:52 04:33:48 03:09:34 08:45:42 09:15:18
10 Michael Davidson ZAF 00:55:21 04:44:15 03:03:13 08:47:40 n/a
11 Nick Baldwin SEY 00:54:24 04:45:32 03:03:58 08:48:01 n/a
12 Georg Swoboda AUT 00:58:03 04:28:55 03:22:11 08:54:11 08:59:07
13 Petr Vabrousek CZE 00:57:57 04:57:13 03:03:20 09:03:55 08:47:45
14 Michael Wetzel GER 00:57:44 04:53:13 03:10:11 09:05:44 09:02:23
15 Greg Close USA 00:58:45 04:52:21 03:10:46 09:05:57 n/a
16 Patrick Jaberg SWI 00:53:34 04:37:32 03:32:13 09:08:31 08:55:36
17 Jon Unanue ESP 00:49:17 04:56:13 03:19:35 09:10:21 n/a
18 Ivan Alvarez Gomez ESP 00:58:04 05:01:06 03:10:27 09:14:46 n/a
19 Mike Aigroz SWI 00:49:58 04:37:40 03:49:32 09:20:27 08:29:56
20 Craig Twigg GBR 00:55:18 05:21:16 03:31:39 09:55:19 09:20:04

Female Race Results

For the longest time, the story in the women’s was about Jodie Swallow: She led after the swim, then posted a Chrissie-level bike ride and started the run very strong. Around the 25k mark she started to have some issues and her pace dropped. (She still finished with a performance that would be wort a TOP 10 rating.) Jessie Donovan (posting the best run of the day) managed to overtake Jodie. She’s won her last three IMs (Lake Placid, Mont Tremblant and now South Africa) but is still not very well known. Not sure what her plans are, it will be interesting to see how she will do in a strong field. The podium was rounded off by Lucie Zelenkova-Reed. 

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Actual Time Expected Time
1 Jessie Donavan USA 01:07:11 04:50:27 03:09:11 09:10:58 09:36:54
2 Jodie Swallow GBR 00:49:56 04:46:05 03:36:44 09:17:00 n/a
3 Lucie Zelenkova CZE 00:52:17 05:11:31 03:18:59 09:27:07 09:29:49
4 Simone Braendli SWI 00:54:43 05:00:56 03:31:59 09:32:24 09:49:24
5 Terrence Lowe ZAF 01:07:15 05:09:42 03:12:55 09:33:37 09:48:41
6 Dianne Mcewan ZAF 00:57:52 05:16:43 03:18:57 09:37:45 09:44:35
7 Monique Grossrieder SWI 01:07:08 05:13:23 03:23:11 09:48:22 n/a
8 Katharina Grohmann GER 01:16:17 05:13:17 03:19:27 09:55:52 n/a
9 Nina Pekerman ISR 01:04:36 05:15:05 03:33:50 09:59:13 09:59:37
10 Svetlana Blazevic SCG 00:52:50 05:22:13 03:48:07 10:08:42 10:11:33
11 Joanna Carritt GBR 01:06:53 05:13:21 03:51:36 10:16:59 10:15:01
12 Saleta Castro ESP 00:57:48 05:16:53 04:06:59 10:27:28 10:13:47
13 Caroline Gregory USA 00:57:55 05:39:31 03:56:56 10:38:17 10:04:08
14 Jennifer Lentzke CAN 01:18:08 05:34:49 03:48:37 10:49:44 n/a
15 Caroline Koll ZAF 01:05:54 05:48:19 04:12:45 11:12:48 10:46:23
16 Dede Griesbauer USA 00:52:53 05:05:34 05:37:22 11:40:39 10:06:51
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