Ironman New Zealand 2019 – Analyzing Results

IMNZLogoCourse Conditions

This year’s race day was typical for Taupo: A clear but cold morning, some wind picking up during the bike leg and decent conditions for fast running. The conditions did not seem to play a major role in the new course records we’ve seen.

Andrew Starykowicz had a fantastic 4:12 bike leg that blew the men’s race apart. At first glance, his time doesn’t seem that remarkable, but he improved the old record by Joe Skipper by more than seven minutes, and he was quicker by 13 minutes or more than anyone else in this year’s race. It wasn’t too long ago that bike leg in the 4:30s was lightning quick in Taupo. (Just to list the fastest bike splits from 2013 to 2017: 4:35/4:36/4:37/4:22/4:37.)

After the bike fireworks, Starky was able to run just over three hours and it looked like he’d be able to claim his third IM win. But Mike Philips ran a 2:40 marathon (new run course record) and took the lead just a few kilometers from the finish.

On the female side, Jocelyn McCauley had a good bike ride followed by a great run. She finished with a new overall course record of 8:53. Jocelyn’s 2:58 marathon was the run course record for less than an hour – then Kristin Liepold (nee Moeller) finished with a 2:55:34.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Mike Phillips NZL 00:47:57 04:32:57 02:40:04 08:05:08 -12:55 US$ 12,000
2 Andrew Starykowicz USA 00:49:48 04:12:07 03:00:16 08:07:32 -23:00 US$ 6,000
3 Braden Currie NZL 00:47:57 04:31:02 02:45:51 08:09:04 -06:50 US$ 4,000
4 Matt Burton AUS 00:52:53 04:25:23 02:49:34 08:12:35 -18:04 US$ 2,750
5 Tim Reed AUS 00:48:06 04:37:55 02:51:08 08:22:12 -02:46 US$ 2,000
6 Mark Bowstead NZL 00:48:00 04:38:02 02:54:45 08:25:43 -09:00 US$ 1,500
7 Simon Cochrane NZL 00:48:02 04:51:26 02:57:16 08:41:17 -03:30 US$ 1,000
8 Mitchell Kibby AUS 00:50:05 04:50:37 02:57:12 08:42:54 -12:17 US$ 750
9 Dylan McNeice NZL 00:46:42 04:48:04 03:07:28 08:47:27 10:51
10 Shen-Yen Hsieh TWN 00:49:49 04:53:19 03:09:43 08:59:12 n/a
11 Carl Read NZL 00:54:44 05:01:42 03:04:55 09:07:57 07:08
Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:47:59 04:32:56 DNF
Cameron Brown NZL 00:52:46 04:47:34 DNF
Justin Wendemuth AUS 00:54:48 DNF

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Jocelyn McCauley USA 00:52:28 04:57:26 02:58:06 08:53:10 -33:49 US$ 12,000
2 Teresa Adam NZL 00:49:24 05:06:59 03:04:15 09:05:32 -03:28 US$ 6,000
3 Meredith Kessler USA 00:49:22 05:09:49 03:07:48 09:12:03 -02:23 US$ 4,000
4 Laura Siddall GBR 01:01:05 05:02:41 03:10:59 09:19:37 08:50 US$ 2,750
5 Rebecca Clarke NZL 00:49:19 05:10:21 03:27:12 09:32:13 n/a US$ 2,000
6 Melanie Burke NZL 01:05:36 05:04:16 03:25:58 09:41:36 07:04 US$ 1,500
7 Kristin Liepold GER 01:05:27 05:41:05 02:55:34 09:48:47 12:17 US$ 1,000
8 Jessica Mitchell AUS 01:05:29 05:25:26 03:18:58 09:56:33 -05:44 US$ 750
9 Chloe Lane AUS 00:58:02 05:21:13 03:30:55 09:57:46 n/a
10 Carly Johann USA 01:00:38 05:22:55 03:27:58 09:58:43 -21:06
11 Nicole Luse USA 01:05:32 05:34:07 03:17:04 10:03:41 -11:38
12 Claire Davis AUS 00:53:07 05:43:41 03:30:06 10:13:52 n/a
13 Karen Toulmin NZL 01:05:51 05:57:43 03:27:17 10:36:55 n/a
14 Erin Furness NZL 01:04:00 05:56:37 03:40:11 10:47:35 15:57

Kona Qualifying

IM New Zealand had four Pro slots. With 14 male and 14 female starters, they were evenly split.

On the female side, Jocelyn McCauley and Teresa Adam would have received these slots, but Teresa declined her slot and it rolled down to Meredith Kessler. On the men’s side Mike Phillips and Andrew Starykowicz were able to punch their Kona tickets.

One Response to Ironman New Zealand 2019 – Analyzing Results

  1. Will Rouse March 3, 2019 at 9:21 pm #

    Teresa Adam didn’t claim the Kona slot, it went to Meredith Kessler…

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