Ironman Hamburg 2018 – Analyzing Results

IMHH_LogoCourse Conditions

The obvious “course feature” of the second edition of Ironman Hamburg was the cancellation of the swim which was replaced with a 6k run that did not create much separation. (Compared to last year’s swim records of 47 and 55 minutes the run was around 25 minutes quicker.) Another change that affected the finishing times was the new, totally flat bike course. James Cunnama had the fastest male bike split with a 4:00:44, Daniela Sammler rode a 4:32:12. Overall, the new bike course was roughly 25 minutes quicker than last year’s course. After that the run was just a bit slower (even though Bart ran a 2:39:51), and it seems that a lot of athletes struggled in the heat in Hamburg.

Male Race Results

For most of the day, Bart Aernouts and James Cunnama were close together at the front of the race. They passed through T2 at the same time:

James Bart T2

James had the quicker transition but the Bart quickly closed the gap. By the start of the last run he had built a comfortable margin and went on to win the race with a gap of seven minutes:

BartRun

Second place went to Joe Skipper who had a strong first half of the marathon but then ran a bit out of steam in his third long-distance race in four weeks:

JoeFinish

After the race James Cunnama said that he was not quite at the level of his win in Hamburg last year, but he was happy to take third (and probably relieved to validate his Kona slot):

JamesFinish

Tim Don’s return to racing Ironman after breaking his neck three days before last year’s IM Kona did not have a happy end. For a long time he was in a great position, but eventually struggled with hip issues and fell back to ninth place which is unlikely to be enough for a Kona slot for him:

TimRun

Rank Name Nation Run1 Bike Run2 Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Bart Aernouts BEL 00:19:47 04:00:50 02:39:51 07:05:26 n/a US$ 15,000 2000
2 Joe Skipper GBR 00:19:49 04:01:39 02:45:38 07:12:35 n/a US$ 7,500 1600
3 James Cunnama ZAF 00:19:52 04:00:44 02:48:44 07:13:54 n/a US$ 5,000 1280
4 Will Clarke GBR 00:19:48 04:08:58 02:45:39 07:20:17 n/a US$ 3,250 960
5 Franz Loeschke GER 00:19:53 04:07:13 02:54:35 07:26:56 n/a US$ 2,750 720
6 Jonathan Shearon USA 00:21:08 04:12:07 02:50:59 07:30:09 n/a US$ 2,000 540
7 Patrick Dirksmeier GER 00:19:50 04:13:00 02:51:46 07:30:40 n/a US$ 1,500 405
8 Paul Schuster GER 00:19:53 04:07:13 03:02:08 07:34:05 n/a US$ 1,250 305
9 Tim Don GBR 00:19:52 04:01:31 03:14:30 07:40:59 n/a US$ 1,000 230
10 Thomas Bosch GER 00:19:50 04:14:03 03:03:35 07:43:03 n/a US$ 750 170
11 Christian Haupt GER 00:21:14 04:23:19 03:03:37 07:53:46 n/a 120
12 Philipp Mock GER 00:21:53 04:11:14 03:16:03 07:55:31 n/a 85
13 Christian Brader GER 00:19:49 04:32:25 03:03:35 08:01:35 n/a 60
14 Christian Kramer GER 00:19:59 04:19:01 03:41:06 08:25:50 n/a 40
15 Michael Raelert GER 00:19:48 04:13:04 03:57:14 08:35:19 n/a 30
16 Michal Ivanco SVK 00:23:10 05:00:22 03:35:02 09:05:23 n/a 20
17 Marek Nemcik SVK 00:26:40 05:31:31 04:02:54 10:09:57 n/a 15
Markus Fachbach GER 00:19:53 04:18:50 DNF
Pavel Simko SVK 00:20:54 04:41:24 DNF
Artem Parienko RUS 00:19:48 DNF
Domenico Passuello ITA 00:19:51 DNF
Jesper Svensson SWE 00:19:51 DNF
Horst Reichel GER 00:19:51 DNF
Markus Mlinar AUT 00:21:48 DNF
Inaki De La Parra POL 00:29:52 DNF

Female Race Results

For a long time the female race was a horse race between defending champion Daniela Sämmler and Sarah Crowley. By the half marathon mark Sarah moved into first place and started to put time into Daniela:

SarahRun

With Daniela and Sarah close together, it went almost unnoticed that Katharina Grohmann was not too far behind. When Daniela struggled in the last lap of the run, Katharina was the fastest runner and finished in second place.

KatharinaT1

Third place (and a Kona slot) went to Maja Stage Nielsen who almost posted the same run split as Sarah:

MajaFinish

Rank Name Nation Run1 Bike Run2 Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Sarah Crowley AUS 00:22:48 04:34:45 03:05:36 08:08:21 n/a US$ 15,000 2000
2 Katharina Grohmann GER 00:23:16 04:38:14 03:06:17 08:13:30 n/a US$ 7,500 1600
3 Maja Stage Nielsen DEN 00:23:59 04:46:26 03:05:39 08:21:23 n/a US$ 5,000 1280
4 Trine Boye Larsen DEN 00:29:04 05:01:12 03:28:02 09:04:24 n/a US$ 3,250 960
5 Daniela Saemmler GER 00:22:56 04:32:12 04:18:13 09:18:32 n/a US$ 2,750 720
6 Rahel Bellinga NED 00:26:11 04:52:52 03:52:28 09:19:10 n/a US$ 2,000 540
7 Jana Candrova CZE 00:25:23 05:13:33 03:37:14 09:22:42 n/a US$ 1,500 405

Kona Qualifying Implications

The following athletes have secured their Kona slots:

  • Will Clarke and Maja Stage Nielsen added enough points to now be safe for a July slot.
  • Bart Aernouts and James Cunnama just needed an Ironman finish for a slot.
  • Joe Skipper and Sarah Crowley were already safe before the race.
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