Ironman Cozumel 2017 – Analyzing Results

IMCozLogoRace Conditions

This year was very fast for Cozumel – with a new course rating of 9:07 the 2017 adjustment was 23:47, meaning that the race was in the order of 15 minutes quicker than normal. This was caused by a fast swim (there was no talk about a shortened swim, so it was either misplaced buoys or currents aiding the swim) but also a quick bike (based on the numbers roughly 8 to 10 minutes quicker than normal) and a not quite-as-hard-as-normal run.

The fast conditions helped the winners race extremely fast and post new course records. Discarding the shortened 2013 race, Lisa Roberts is the first woman to go sub-9 (she broke Corinne Abraham’s 2015 time of 9:06:40 with a 8:54), and Sebastian Kienle is the first athlete to go sub-8 in Cozumel (his 7:48 broke Frederik Van Lierde’s 2016 record of 8:03:09). Sebi also posted a new bike course record, while Jarrod Shoemaker set a new swim course record and Ivan Rana improved his own run course record. On the female side, Alicia Kaye posted a new swim course record and Rachel McBride set a new bike course record.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Sebastian Kienle GER 00:41:36 04:10:48 02:51:42 07:48:11 03:17 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Michael Weiss AUT 00:44:56 04:12:45 02:50:47 07:53:27 -13:23 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Ivan Rana ESP 00:39:19 04:31:26 02:43:41 07:58:39 -07:36 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Stefan Schmid GER 00:41:33 04:25:31 02:47:53 07:59:44 -11:52 US$ 3,250 960
5 Trevor Delsaut FRA 00:41:47 04:28:55 02:52:16 08:07:10 -17:37 US$ 2,750 720
6 Samuel Huerzeler SUI 00:41:38 04:33:07 02:52:53 08:12:23 -13:00 US$ 2,000 540
7 Victor Arroyo Bugallo ESP 00:45:59 04:35:51 02:52:38 08:18:15 n/a US$ 1,500 405
8 Justin Daerr USA 00:41:39 04:27:42 03:05:54 08:19:28 -00:36 US$ 1,250 305
9 Alan Carrillo Avila MEX 00:41:37 04:28:52 03:06:33 08:21:14 -21:39 US$ 1,000 230
10 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS 00:41:31 04:42:55 03:01:49 08:30:52 -04:09 US$ 750 170
11 Albert Moreno Molins ESP 00:41:36 04:36:51 03:07:51 08:32:19 n/a   120
12 Raymond Botelho USA 00:45:52 04:30:14 03:34:38 08:55:31 -02:41   85
13 Oliver Gonzalez Miranda MEX 00:41:34 04:58:33 03:11:36 08:56:20 -08:19   60
14 Jarrod Shoemaker USA 00:39:17 04:58:00 03:15:00 08:56:38 21:28   40
15 Michael Poole NZL 00:41:32 04:35:23 03:36:56 08:58:06 n/a   30
16 Eduar Villalta VEN 00:49:16 04:42:08 04:34:35 10:10:57 n/a   20
  Denis Chevrot FRA 00:40:30 04:26:34   DNF      
  Sam Long USA 00:46:02 04:35:06   DNF      
  Max Biessmann USA 00:43:33 04:59:50   DNF      
  Jordan Bryden CAN 00:41:39     DNF      
  Gregory Close USA 00:45:57     DNF      

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Lisa Roberts USA 00:49:16 04:59:57 02:59:19 08:54:00 -05:49 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Kirsty Jahn CAN 00:44:53 04:56:31 03:11:54 08:58:27 -16:33 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Sonja Tajsich GER 00:51:07 05:02:16 03:02:01 09:00:53 -05:07 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Anja Beranek GER 00:41:50 04:48:50 03:28:12 09:03:41 05:32 US$ 3,250 960
5 Sue Huse CAN     03:13:51 09:13:18 n/a US$ 2,750 720
6 Jessie Donavan USA 00:54:40 04:53:11 03:22:08 09:14:49 -00:39 US$ 2,000 540
7 Rachel McBride CAN 00:41:52 04:42:35 03:47:49 09:16:27 07:48 US$ 1,500 405
8 Ashley Paulson USA 00:58:42 05:09:02 03:06:33 09:18:48 -20:57 US$ 1,250 305
9 Nicole Valentine USA 00:50:28 05:06:40 03:18:21 09:20:18 -15:41 US$ 1,000 230
10 Christine Hammond USA 00:44:49 05:18:08 03:21:12 09:28:47 -04:01 US$ 750 170
11 Steph Corker CAN 00:44:58 05:16:08 03:23:14 09:29:25 -27:07   120
12 Alicia Kaye USA 00:41:49 05:05:55 03:46:02 09:38:11 26:14   85
13 Anne Basso FRA 00:45:05 05:16:01 03:34:12 09:41:21 -01:40   60
14 Palmira Alvarez MEX 00:53:08 05:07:50 03:40:11 09:45:56 -08:38   40
15 Kendra Goffredo USA 00:57:27 05:20:36 04:08:45 10:32:24 n/a   30
  Ewa Bugdol POL 00:44:51     DNF      

Kona Qualifying Implications

It’s still early in the season, but a number of athletes have raced Cozumel with an eye towards Kona 2018:

  • Sebastian Kienle validated his Automatic Qualifier slot.
  • Ivan Rana scored enough points to be safe for a July slot. 
  • Lisa Roberts has won two IMs, but she’ll need a few more points for a slot – for now she’s “in the bubble”. However, she should be able to secure her slot just by racing 70.3s in spring 2018.
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