Ironman Hamburg 2019 – Analyzing Results

IMHH_LogoCourse Conditions

Another set of course changes (different swim layout compared to 2017, another new bike course and a slightly tweaked run course) makes it hard to compare this year’s results to other IM Hamburg data and determine course records. The non-wetsuit swim was quite slow and the bike course was made relatively hard with side winds, helping to break apart larger groups in the second loop. After last year’s fast marathon times the run course was lengthened and maybe a bit long this year, resulting in slow run times.

All of this and the high temperatures contributed to a high DNF rate – only half of the 26 MPROs who started the race were able to finish. 

Kona Qualifying

IM Hamburg had one slot each for the men and women. They go to

  • Kristian Hoegenhaug
    and
  • Martina Kunz.

The slot rolled down quite far on the female side: Susie Cheetham (winner), Sarah Piampiao (second) and Caroline Steffen (fourth) were already qualified, and third-place finisher Julia Gajer declined her slot.

Male Race Results

With the fastest bike and run splits, Kristian Hoegenhaug was able to erase his swim deficit. It was a surprise to see him outrun more experienced athletes such as Ruedi Wild who finished second and Andreas Raelert (who DNF’d shortly after the half-marathon mark).

Kristian Bike

Photo: Kristian pushing hard on the bike.

Ruedi Run

Photo: Ruedi on the run.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Kristian Hoegenhaug DEN 00:52:03 04:17:29 02:54:03 08:11:26 -09:18 US$ 15,000
2 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:50:13 04:24:16 02:55:37 08:16:34 02:32 US$ 7,500
3 Paul Schuster GER 00:50:05 04:25:32 03:02:37 08:24:25 -00:39 US$ 5,000
4 Arnaud Guilloux FRA 00:52:07 04:34:20 02:55:05 08:29:14 -22:37 US$ 3,250
5 Philipp Mock GER 01:00:51 04:29:13 02:56:54 08:35:11 -15:38 US$ 2,750
6 David Breuer GER 00:52:06 04:30:32 03:06:47 08:36:08 -02:11 US$ 2,000
7 Benjamin Dicke GER 01:03:09 04:31:28 03:01:48 08:43:56 04:43 US$ 1,500
8 Thomas Bosch GER 01:01:49 04:41:32 03:04:44 08:55:53 -01:04 US$ 1,250
9 Sebastian Guhr GER 01:09:13 04:44:54 03:15:40 09:16:58 -14:48 US$ 1,000
10 Grigorii Navrotskii RUS 00:54:59 05:04:36 03:16:47 09:23:04 14:16 US$ 750
11 Philipp Fahrenholz GER 00:58:55 04:51:16 03:27:33 09:24:28 02:40  
12 Stefan Overmars NED 00:58:47 04:44:47 03:46:55 09:38:45 37:06  
13 Lukas Polan CZE 01:03:17 05:28:31 03:26:08 10:06:50 09:17  
  Andreas Raelert GER 00:50:10 04:23:04   DNF    
  Horst Reichel GER 00:50:02 04:28:07   DNF    
  Matt Trautman ZAF 00:56:27 04:29:32   DNF    
  Marc Unger GER 00:58:15 04:31:36   DNF    
  Stefan Schumacher GER 01:01:54 04:33:33   DNF    
  Christian Jais GER 01:04:06 04:45:27   DNF    
  Steeve Brugiere FRA 01:11:03 05:01:30   DNF    
  Michael Raelert GER 00:50:00     DNF    
  Ivan Tutukin RUS 00:51:56     DNF    
  Will Clarke GBR 00:53:19     DNF    
  Andreas Borch DEN 00:55:32     DNF    
  Imanol Sagarzazu ESP 01:04:17     DNF    
  Lukas Pietrek GER 01:12:53     DNF    

Female Race Results

In the female race, Susie Cheetham built a lead on the bike and was able to also have a strong run. In the end, she was able to manage the gap to Sarah Piampiano who had the marathon performance of the day – her 2:56 was just two minutes slower than the fastest run on the male side.

Susie Run

Photo: Susie on the run in front of the beautiful Alster lake in Hamburg.

Sarah Bike

Photo: Sarah getting splits to the lead at the end of the first bike lap from husband Michael.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Susie Cheetham GBR 01:00:58 04:46:57 03:03:56 08:58:02 -09:58 US$ 15,000
2 Sarah Piampiano USA 01:06:27 04:50:54 02:56:21 09:00:42 -09:53 US$ 7,500
3 Julia Gajer GER 00:56:57 04:53:30 03:12:31 09:09:39 -08:54 US$ 5,000
4 Caroline Steffen SUI 00:56:56 04:56:16 03:19:35 09:19:28 15:44 US$ 3,250
5 Martina Kunz SUI 01:06:26 04:53:54 03:21:09 09:29:03 -11:26 US$ 2,750
6 Katharina Grohmann GER 01:11:52 05:00:56 03:27:18 09:48:23 07:04 US$ 2,000
7 Gabriella Zelinka HUN 01:00:59 05:14:28 03:52:05 10:14:28 47:25 US$ 1,500
8 Janien Lubben NED 01:16:07 05:14:50 03:52:28 10:31:47 n/a US$ 1,250
  Shannon Chapman AUS 01:19:25 05:39:20   DNF    

One Response to Ironman Hamburg 2019 – Analyzing Results

  1. Adham Eiraky August 14, 2019 at 11:06 am #

    The swim was very good for age groupers because of they allowed wet-suits but the biggest turn off was the first 30KM’s of each bike loop which had terrible surfaces from cobble stones to railways crossings (more than 18 crossings per loop)… this was too hard to keep everything on the bike and most of the participants lost big part of their nutrition because of it…. the run was super nice, and full of support throughout the 10.5km’s despite of the heat… however there were 2 short cuts which allowed many ppl to cheat after they familiarized themselves with the location of the timing mats; I cannot believe that we train for all these months and then take those unethical silly decisions during the race but seriously some ppl saved good 2-2.5km of each run lap that makes a total of 8-10km…

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