Ironman Austria 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

Ironman Austria is usually a fast course – a lot of sub-8 and sub-9 times have been posted in Klagenfurt. This year conditions seem to have been quite slow: An adjustment of 9:59 is still quick but a lot slower than the course rating of 20:28. None of the legs have been quite distinct, conditions were slower across all three legs.

Male Race Results

There was no doubt at all who would win this race: Jan Frodeno took control of the race from the start and posted the fastest times across all three legs. A virus infection close to the race probably kept him from racing any faster – nonetheless he still validated his Kona ticket, finished in sub-8 and won by more than 15 minutes. Clearly, he had given his best on race day.

Frodo Austria

(Photo by Rainer Bauerdick, used with permission)

Second place went to Spaniard Eneko Llanos who finally managed to run well again – a 2:47 was the fastest marathon for him since winning IM Germany in 2013. Viktor Zyemtsev finished third.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Jan Frodeno GER 00:46:29 04:19:45 02:46:09 07:57:20 00:03 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Eneko Llanos ESP 00:50:37 04:28:58 02:47:52 08:12:43 -07:05 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Viktor Zyemtsev UKR 00:53:06 04:31:16 02:47:57 08:17:05 -03:27 US$ 3,000 1280
4 David Plese SLO 00:52:56 04:30:49 02:50:04 08:19:13 -06:41 US$ 2,500 960
5 Michael Weiss AUT 00:57:08 04:27:53 02:51:23 08:22:42 05:01 US$ 1,500 720
6 Anton Blokhin UKR 00:53:11 04:31:15 02:55:57 08:25:07 -16:48 US$ 1,000 540
7 Matt Burton AUS 00:55:33 04:37:13 03:00:11 08:39:08 -09:30   405
8 Christian Birngruber AUT 00:53:04 04:39:25 03:06:07 08:43:39 -10:29   305
9 Daniel Niederreiter AUT 00:53:02 04:44:16 03:03:24 08:45:40 -05:41   230
10 Tim Brydenbach BEL 00:50:31 04:48:37 03:06:16 08:51:35 26:22   170
11 Pavel Simko SVK 00:53:10 04:43:33 03:10:16 08:52:42 -11:00   120
12 Sébastien Moreau FRA 01:02:47 04:46:53 02:57:39 08:54:18 n/a   85
13 Robin Schneider GER 00:50:39 04:53:46 03:05:34 08:55:52 n/a   60
14 Mike Schifferle SUI 01:00:39 04:49:56 03:02:09 09:01:11 07:02   40
15 Ivan Rana ESP 00:48:24 05:00:38 03:08:41 09:03:29 49:55   30
16 Lluis Vila aguilar ESP 00:56:42 05:05:16 02:57:57 09:05:02 02:56   20
17 Nicholas Chase USA 00:53:10 04:50:59 03:21:11 09:10:56 -04:24   15
18 Lukas Polan CZE 01:03:11 04:58:17 03:10:06 09:18:37 -32:27   10
19 Thomas Meusburger AUT 00:56:21 04:54:37 03:22:19 09:18:43 n/a   8
20 David Jilek CZE 00:58:19 04:55:04 03:24:56 09:24:49 02:06   5
21 Antony Costes FRA 00:50:33 04:29:20 04:15:38 09:40:34 23:14   3
22 Michal Ivanco SVK 01:16:56 05:03:21 03:13:58 09:42:12 n/a   3
23 Valentin Zasypkin RUS 01:11:22 05:00:31 03:28:37 09:45:33 -32:24   3
24 Gergely Nagy HUN 00:53:08 04:57:39 03:49:16 09:46:13 -02:44   3
25 Simon Brierley SEY 00:56:48 05:14:37 03:38:25 09:58:08 -32:50   3
26 Freddy Lampret ZAF 00:56:46 05:37:41 03:57:07 10:40:12 1:13:27   3
27 Marek Nemcik SVK 01:11:00 05:23:06 03:58:54 10:41:48 -58:10   3
28 Josef Svoboda CZE 01:10:14 05:37:49 03:55:46 10:53:21 -39:08   3
  Stefan Schmid GER 00:53:07 04:34:50   DNF      
  Ivan Jezko SVK 00:59:56 05:01:25   DNF      
  Rob Bobbaers BEL 01:05:17 05:07:22   DNF      
  Paul Ruttmann AUT 00:52:57     DNF      
  Vinicius Canhedo BRA 00:53:12     DNF      

Female Race Results

Michelle Vesterby was leading the race for a long time after posting the fastest swim and bike legs, but she struggled with a 3:17 run still finishing in third place. Eva Wutti won her comeback Ironman race after the birth of daughter Kiana, she ran a 2:57 to take the lead from Michelle but had to run strong until the end to hold off Corinne Abraham, who finished less than two minutes behind Eva in second.

Female Podium Austria

(Photo by Rainer Bauerdick, used with permission)

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Eva Wutti AUT 00:58:23 05:04:39 02:57:43 09:06:25 -00:09 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Corinne Abraham GBR 00:59:44 05:00:12 03:03:14 09:08:03 -03:55 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:53:52 05:00:11 03:17:19 09:16:44 07:44 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Bianca Steurer AUT 00:57:27 05:10:41 03:19:14 09:33:00 -06:25 US$ 2,500 960
5 Kelly Fillnow USA 01:06:13 05:16:02 03:20:40 09:49:15 02:12 US$ 1,500 720
6 Kamila Polak AUT 00:59:47 05:18:22 03:30:44 09:55:33 14:31 US$ 1,000 540
7 Olga Kowalska POL 01:03:18 05:25:31 03:24:10 09:59:26 n/a   405
8 Julia Montgomery SWE 01:07:39 05:22:48 03:44:54 10:22:28 00:36   305
9 Maja Urban CRO 01:04:30 05:44:43 03:35:15 10:31:58 n/a   230
10 Annabel Diawuoh GER 01:25:50 05:29:04 03:38:46 10:41:40 -58:33   170
11 Sara Tavecchio ITA 00:59:46 05:42:21 03:56:42 10:47:31 n/a   120
  Michaela Herlbauer AUT 00:54:29 05:19:31   DNF      
  Franziska Bossow GER 01:03:16     DNF      

Kona Qualifiying Implications

After IM Austria there are not too many changes in Kona Qualifying:

  • Jan Frodeno validated his Kona slot.
  • David Please improved his position, he’s now the best placed athlete “on the bubble”.
  • Ivan Rana didn’t have a good race, with his 15th place he is now “on the bubble” as well.
  • Corinne Abraham also improved her position, but at 4.400 she is just above my projected cutoff (and on the bubble). It’s too early to tell if she’ll receive a slot.

Michelle Vesterby was already safe before Austria.

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