Ironman Arizona 2017 – Analyzing Results

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Race Conditions

The last two years conditions in Tempe were very fast, this year was somewhat slower than that but pretty typical for Arizona: A fast bike followed by a potentially quick but still challenging run. Even in the slightly slower conditions, there was one new course record: Jen Annett posted a 4:38 bike leg, improving last year’s bike course record by Yvonne Van Vlerken by 2.5 minutes.

Male Race Results

As in Kona, Lionel Sanders showed his improved swim: Last year he was five minutes behind after the swim, this year it was just over two minutes. By mile 15 he had taken the lead on the bike and no one was following him. He posted the fastest bike leg and in T2 had a lead of over 10 minutes. He also had the fastest run and won his third IM Arizona in a row. After his disappointing Kona DNF, Brent McMahon had a solid second place race, always being in a good position for a podium finish and then coming through with the second best marathon, but never really in a position to challenge Lionel. Jeremy Jurkiewicz had a good day and claimed the last spot on the podium.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Lionel Sanders CAN 00:51:33 04:12:03 02:47:15 07:54:10 -11:06 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Brent McMahon CAN 00:49:05 04:26:26 02:48:54 08:07:40 04:20 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Jeremy Jurkiewicz FRA 00:49:08 04:26:26 02:56:21 08:15:22 -13:04 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Michael Patrick Alonso Mckernan ESP 00:53:36 04:19:37 03:01:29 08:19:41 -21:59 US$ 3,250 960
5 Jeff Symonds CAN 00:49:39 04:34:12 02:52:54 08:20:38 02:56 US$ 2,750 720
6 Jonathan Shearon USA 00:53:34 04:31:48 02:57:07 08:26:19 -07:11 US$ 2,000 540
7 Jesse Vondracek USA 00:53:39 04:34:49 03:08:22 08:40:33 -15:17 US$ 1,500 405
8 Clint Kimmins AUS 00:53:27 04:37:19 03:06:01 08:40:51 -14:00 US$ 1,250 305
9 Christian Brader GER 00:55:25 04:38:01 03:06:25 08:44:09 09:37 US$ 1,000 230
10 James Lubinski USA 01:02:49 04:39:16 02:56:21 08:44:47 -21:00 US$ 750 170
11 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:53:30 04:36:24 03:13:11 08:47:13 01:27   120
12 James Capparell USA 00:49:33 04:46:06 03:07:38 08:47:34 -04:15   85
13 Charles Maltha IRL 00:57:07 04:36:02 03:15:29 08:52:59 n/a   60
14 Vincent Morizot FRA 00:53:34 04:34:44 03:25:09 08:57:59 n/a   40
15 Inaki De La Parra POL 00:59:25 04:37:12 03:25:55 09:07:28 n/a   30
16 Jonathan Fecik USA 00:57:32 04:44:07 03:24:20 09:10:18 -09:47   20
17 Elmar Heger GER 00:55:27 04:44:57 04:22:39 10:08:09 30:31   15
18 Nathan Dressel USA 01:05:33 05:34:54 04:06:40 10:54:11 56:58   10
  Steve Rosinski USA 01:00:23 04:35:33   DNF      
  Robbie Wade IRL 00:53:41 04:45:44   DNF      
  Sam Holmes USA 00:49:44 04:59:34   DNF      
  Andreas Borch DEN 00:53:42 10:08:35   DNF      
  Philip Graves GBR 00:49:35     DNF      
  Tripp Hipple USA 00:53:37     DNF      
  Victor Del Corral ESP 00:57:04     DNF      

Female Race Results

The Danish duo of Helle Frederiksen and Michelle Vesterby were the fastest swimmers, but it took Kaisa Sali only 50k to make up her four minute gap after the swim and the Scandinavian trio rode together for most of the bike. Jen Annett had an almost ten-minute deficit after the swim, but she took the lead in the last 50k of the bike and was leading into T2. While Michelle had fallen back a bit, Kaisa and Helle closed the gap to Jen and took the lead after 8 miles. In the end, Kaisa was the fastest runner of the day and winning her second Ironman title (and also validating her 2018 Kona slot). Helle Frederiksen continued to run strong to take second place, finishing sub-9 in her debut on the long distance. Jen Annett also finished under 9 hours and took third. Compared to the fast runners in front of her, Michelle Vesterby faded a bit on the run, but she was still able to take fourth place, holding off Sarah Piampiano who finished fifth.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Kaisa Sali FIN 00:56:32 04:46:06 03:04:39 08:51:54 -01:57 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Helle Frederiksen DEN 00:52:06 04:50:19 03:09:09 08:55:35 n/a US$ 7,500 1600
3 Jen Annett CAN 01:01:44 04:38:17 03:15:38 08:59:27 -28:49 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:52:07 04:51:48 03:16:40 09:04:42 -02:53 US$ 3,250 960
5 Sarah Piampiano USA 01:01:24 04:50:32 03:11:28 09:09:10 -00:21 US$ 2,750 720
6 Katy Evans USA 00:54:29 05:06:09 03:14:10 09:19:19 n/a US$ 2,000 540
7 Kelly Williamson USA 00:53:38 05:27:06 03:06:01 09:32:09 08:28 US$ 1,500 405
8 Bianca Steurer AUT 00:59:11 04:58:05 03:30:27 09:32:36 -01:51 US$ 1,250 305
9 Natasha Van der Merwe USA 01:02:02 05:08:33 03:22:33 09:37:26 -34:14 US$ 1,000 230
10 Erin Green USA 01:00:32 05:07:20 03:35:39 09:49:29 -11:38 US$ 750 170
11 Mackenzie Madison USA 01:05:12 05:03:33 03:43:37 09:58:27 11:13   120
12 Sarah Jarvis GER 01:00:18 05:16:37 03:36:27 09:58:41 -00:32   85
13 Robyn Hardage CAN 01:04:04 05:18:05 03:31:36 09:58:47 07:06   60
14 Julia Montgomery SWE 01:07:44 05:18:09 03:40:32 10:12:35 -10:07   40
15 Caroline Martineau CAN 01:04:54 05:21:44 03:52:52 10:26:00 -13:39   30
16 Liz Baugher USA 00:59:13 05:31:09 03:51:38 10:27:26 02:22   20
17 Whitney Burdzilauskas USA 01:11:31 05:50:57 03:57:30 11:10:01 n/a   15
18 Corina Hengartner SUI 01:00:25 05:02:51 05:03:03 11:11:01 1:31:41   10
  Jodie Robertson USA 01:01:31 04:57:01   DNF      
  Melanie McQuaid CAN 00:59:25 05:04:55   DNF      
  Aine Donegan IRL 01:04:19 05:13:06   DNF      
  Darbi Roberts USA 00:56:30 06:02:34   DNF      
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