Ironman Japan 2014 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

Similar to last year, IM Japan was pretty slow: An adjustment of -5:35 (mainly because of a slow bike) leads to a new course rating of -10:47. This is reflected in the slow winning times – just under 9 hours for the men and just under 10 hours for them women.

Male Race Results

A solid performance – very close to his expected time – was good enough for my pre-race favorite Michael Ruenz to win the race – his 2:52 marathon was too good for the rest of the field. Harry Wiltshire finally got enough points for a Kona slot with his second place finish. The last spot on the podium went to Cedric Lassonde in his first Ironman.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Michael Rünz GER 00:54:22 05:01:23 02:52:36 08:53:40 00:39
2 Harry Wiltshire GBR 00:49:23 05:04:26 03:08:17 09:06:34 -05:36
3 Cedric Lassonde FRA 00:54:24 05:01:00 03:06:40 09:07:44 n/a
4 Brian Fuller AUS 00:53:23 05:01:49 03:12:55 09:13:49 01:02
5 Yu Shinozaki JPN 00:56:54 04:57:09 03:17:04 09:15:35 -33:49
6 Tohara Kaito JAP 00:55:45 05:12:42 03:03:16 09:16:48 -10:42
7 Kuniaki Takahama JPN 00:49:20 05:32:30 02:56:32 09:24:52 -00:40
8 Timothy Beardall AUS 01:05:32 04:40:07 03:46:57 09:38:32 -29:26
9 Jose Jeuland FRA 00:54:18 05:22:03 03:34:37 09:58:25 40:40
10 Masayuki Matsumaru JPN 00:55:48 05:23:51 03:38:14 10:04:10 32:54
11 Tadashi Iida JPN 00:56:52 05:42:56 03:19:53 10:05:49 23:54
12 Jon Woods NZL 00:56:55 05:30:39 03:41:35 10:14:52 22:04
Daiki Masuda JPN 00:54:16 DNF

Female Race Results

On the women’s side, Shiao-yu Li defended her 2013 title while also improving her time by more than 14 minutes. The other spots on the podium went to Jessica Fleming and Keiko Tanaka.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to expected
1 Shiao-yu Li TWN 01:04:34 05:31:05 03:17:05 09:58:30 -38:55
2 Jessica Fleming AUS 01:00:19 05:33:54 03:26:32 10:06:49 -03:54
3 Keiko Tanaka JPN 00:56:42 05:44:39 03:22:43 10:09:24 -05:03
4 Emi Sakai JPN 01:06:50 05:43:56 03:42:06 10:39:42 11:23
5 Hiromi Matsumaru JPN 01:07:25 06:00:08 03:41:32 10:54:29 n/a
6 Yoriko Obayashi JPN 00:59:58 06:31:54 03:26:28 11:06:21 n/a
7 Leslie Lamacchia USA 01:05:37 06:23:19 04:40:33 12:16:34 1:26:56
Megumi Shigaki JPN 01:01:51 DNF
Mami Ishii JPN 01:04:35 DNF
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