Ironman Cozumel 2021 – Analyzing Results

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Course Conditions

Cozumel is always a fast course – and this year it was even quicker than usual. The day started with a super fast swim (probably assisted by the tide going in the right direction): The adjustment of +13:18 was the second fastest ever even in Cozumel, only 2017 – the year that the still existing course records were set – was quicker by a few seconds. It was followed by the best ever bike conditions in Cozumel: An adjustment of 25:12 probably had some influence in allowing Dede Griesbauer and Kristian Blummenfelt set new bike course records. The heat and humidity make the run course comparable to Kona and quite slow. This year was maybe two minutes slower than normal for Cozumel, nonetheless Gurutze Frades and Kristian Blummenfelt were still able to set new run course records. 

Both winners, Sara Svensk and Kristian Blummenfelt, set new overall course records. Sara posted one of the fastest ever female times (only Chrissie Wellington and Daniela Ryf were faster at Challenge Roth) while Kristian’s time is faster than the 7:27 by Jan Frodeno at the TriBattle. An impressive debut for sure – and there will be a lot of debate if Kristian or Gustav showed a better performance. (Gustav was 21 minutes slower in Florida but 18 of those were in the swim.) And don’t forget Jan Frodeno .. I think we can look forward to two very interesting races in May in St. George and in October in Kona!

Kona Qualifying

IM Cozumel offered 2m and 2f slots for the October 2022 race in Kona. These go to

  • Females: Sara Svensk and Joanna Ryter
    and
  • Males: Kristian Blummenfelt and Paul Schuster.

Male second place finisher Ruedi Wild declined his slot as he ended his career. Carrie Lester also declined her slot. Female second place Gurutze Frades had already secured her Kona slot in Chattanooga. You can find all Kona 2022 qualifiers here.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Kristian Blummenfelt NOR 00:39:40 04:02:39 02:35:23 07:21:11 n/a US$ 12,000
2 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:39:58 04:10:46 02:41:49 07:36:34 -12:05 US$ 7,000
3 Paul Schuster GER 00:39:38 04:12:02 02:46:17 07:41:31 -12:18 US$ 4,250
4 Robert Wilkowiecki POL 00:39:44 04:11:57 02:46:53 07:42:01 -21:06 US$ 3,500
5 Andre Lopes BRA 00:39:49 04:11:51 02:48:25 07:43:30 n/a US$ 2,750
6 Felipe Santos BRA 00:39:53 04:10:48 02:50:58 07:45:41 -1:00:08 US$ 2,250
7 Victor Arroyo Bugallo ESP 00:45:16 04:16:59 02:46:04 07:52:41 -10:49 US$ 2,000
8 Pamphiel Pareyn BEL 00:39:47 04:11:52 02:57:58 07:53:37 -26:36 US$ 1,500
9 Adam Feigh USA 00:43:29 04:18:31 02:52:40 07:58:51 -13:23 US$ 1,250
10 Tim Rea AUS 00:39:41 04:11:49 03:04:04 07:59:38 -17:50 US$ 1,000
11 Sebastian Norberg SWE 00:45:22 04:16:42 03:02:56 08:08:55 -03:30  
12 Elliot Bach USA 00:39:59 04:11:45 03:14:27 08:09:54 -33:33  
13 Quentin Kurc-Bocau FRA 00:43:31 04:18:06 03:03:23 08:10:29 -11:06  
14 Milosz Sowinski POL 00:42:49 04:19:02 03:07:35 08:13:48 18:11  
15 Quentin De Vos BEL 00:45:27 04:30:59 02:52:40 08:14:16 n/a  
16 Petr Soukup CZE 00:42:43 04:30:47 02:59:45 08:17:41 -23:13  
17 Joaquin Pereda Charles MEX 00:39:54 04:23:15 03:09:45 08:17:54 n/a  
18 Andrea Pizzeghella ITA 00:42:50 04:18:52 03:13:32 08:19:51 n/a  
19 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS 00:41:25 04:21:13 03:20:24 08:28:51 -02:35  
20 Mikkel Hojborg Olsen DEN 00:43:18 04:25:45 03:16:22 08:29:26 16:36  
21 Eneko Elosegui ESP 00:49:04 04:29:36 03:06:03 08:29:44 -22:42  
22 Adur Eskisabel ESP 00:45:18 04:30:44 03:13:40 08:35:49 n/a  
23 Klodian Mitri USA 00:51:17 04:37:51 03:05:23 08:38:32 n/a  
24 Jorge Luis Fuentes MEX 00:42:03 04:37:01 03:19:05 08:43:26 -16:16  
25 Santiago Martinez Torres ESP 00:45:21 04:26:56 03:32:08 08:49:09 15:04  
26 Scott Bradley USA 00:47:44 04:27:19 03:31:12 08:51:16 11:11  
27 Armando Abaunza PAN 00:41:18 04:22:01 03:54:19 09:01:53 n/a  
28 Oliver Gonzalez Miranda MEX 00:42:48 05:07:02 03:19:13 09:14:40 10:10  
29 Yann Rocheteau FRA 00:48:29 04:47:30 03:37:39 09:19:50 01:46  
30 Tiago Depaula BRA 00:48:26 04:35:53 03:52:35 09:22:28 -27:45  
31 Gustav Palm-Henriksen DEN 00:43:19 04:25:41 05:48:07 11:02:08 n/a  
  Emilio Aguayo Munoz ESP 00:39:48 04:10:44   DNF    
  Patrik Nilsson SWE 00:39:46 04:11:00   DNF    
  Michael Weiss AUT 00:43:25 04:07:30   DNF    
  Giulio Molinari ITA 00:39:47 04:11:37   DNF    
  Pieter Heemeryck BEL 00:39:45 04:12:00   DNF    
  Santiago Gerez Levy MEX 00:45:10     DNF    
  Aaron Kolk USA 00:55:02     DNF    

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Sara Svensk SWE 00:47:00 04:33:09 02:58:01 08:22:40 -23:33 US$ 12,000
2 Gurutze Frades Larralde ESP 00:49:03 04:40:59 02:56:02 08:31:11 -14:51 US$ 7,000
3 Carrie Lester AUS 00:43:11 04:34:00 03:15:33 08:36:39 07:53 US$ 4,250
4 Joanna Ryter SUI 00:50:12 04:47:33 03:01:16 08:42:58 -17:04 US$ 3,500
5 Adriana Carreno Cruz MEX 00:43:53 04:53:56 03:10:34 08:52:57 n/a US$ 2,750
6 Jen Annett CAN 00:50:09 04:36:52 03:23:40 08:54:30 -07:44 US$ 2,250
7 Romina Palacio Balena ARG 00:43:49 04:54:06 03:14:27 08:57:19 n/a US$ 2,000
8 Palmira Alvarez MEX 00:53:46 04:41:08 03:19:59 08:59:34 -33:10 US$ 1,500
9 Angela Naeth CAN 00:48:59 04:38:46 03:32:18 09:04:32 15:59 US$ 1,250
10 Dede Griesbauer USA 00:44:09 04:30:21 03:46:03 09:05:41 -01:57 US$ 1,000
11 Elisabetta Curridori ITA 00:48:20 04:48:09 03:27:01 09:09:51 35:29  
12 Britt Vocke USA 00:43:13 04:53:36 03:35:13 09:17:57 n/a  
13 Amy Vantassel USA 00:52:18 05:10:23 03:38:55 09:46:09 -12:39  
14 Helena Herrero Gomez ESP 00:50:07 05:14:44 03:45:50 09:55:43 -06:31  
15 Kayla Kobelin USA 00:43:46 05:55:14 05:43:00 12:28:16 n/a  
  Michelle Vesterby DEN 00:43:44 04:37:45   DNF    
  Alexandra Tondeur BEL 00:48:15 04:42:44   DNF    
  Tara Grosvenor GBR 00:47:02 04:56:14   DNF    
  Margie Santimaria ITA 00:43:16     DNF    
  Alysha Krall USA 00:56:32     DNF    
  Melanie Baumann SUI 01:02:00     DNF    
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