Ironman Sweden 2017 – Analyzing Results

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Conditions in Sweden sounded decent – not too hot or cold, but probably a bit too windy for really fast times. After a new swim course record (Clemente Alonso’s 47:29 was faster than Andy Boecherer’s time from 2012 by more than a minute) Cameron Wurf posted a new bike course – he improved on the 2012 time (when the bike course was likely a bit short) by KJ Danielsson by more than 10 minutes! Clemente’s 8:07 was the second fastest ever in Sweden (after Jan Raphael’s 2012 winning time on what was a different – and likely shorter – course).

Male Race Results

Clemente Alonso was first out of the water, but it took Cameron Wurf only 60k to make up his three minute difference after the swim. Cam then continued to ride faster than everyone else, posted a new bike course record and entered T2 with an eight minute gap to Clemente and Swedish hopeful KJ Danielsson. Cam ran an even marathon pace, but Clemente was slowly eating into his lead. By 30k Clemente surged past Cam, but was never quite able to clearly gap him. Clemente won his first IM since IM Barcelona in 2014 (and a long time dealing with injuries) in front of Cam who was just over a minute behind at the finish. Third place went to Esben Hovgaard who overtook KJ in the last 4k of the run.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Clemente Alonso McKernan ESP 00:47:29 04:24:55 02:50:23 08:07:48 -05:40 US$ 15,000 2000
2 Cameron Wurf AUS 00:50:20 04:14:27 03:00:38 08:08:58 -19:41 US$ 7,500 1600
3 Esben Hovgaard DEN 00:51:25 04:32:37 02:58:03 08:25:18 -06:56 US$ 5,000 1280
4 Karl-Johan Danielsson SWE 00:50:13 04:23:13 03:12:05 08:28:32 -13:17 US$ 3,250 960
5 Daniil Sapunov UKR 00:47:33 04:41:25 03:01:23 08:34:02 03:33 US$ 2,750 720
6 Andrey Lyatskiy RUS 00:51:26 04:50:30 02:58:51 08:44:16 -02:15 US$ 2,000 540
7 Michael Smith Larsen DEN 00:55:25 04:37:29 03:10:00 08:46:09 04:39 US$ 1,500 405
8 Jonas Oerarbaeck SWE 00:58:43 04:44:01 03:03:01 08:49:21 n/a US$ 1,250 305
9 Pascal Ramali GER 00:58:49 04:30:31 03:16:05 08:49:44 01:02 US$ 1,000 230
10 Marcus Hultgren SWE 00:54:06 04:38:40 03:14:29 08:51:19 -24:14 US$ 750 170
11 Luiz Feliz ESP 01:01:11 04:38:15 03:09:33 08:53:00 n/a 120
12 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:58:59 04:41:01 03:09:43 08:55:16 01:58 85
13 Erik Holmberg SWE 00:51:21 04:32:42 03:29:27 08:56:16 01:11 60
14 Emanuele Ciotti ITA 00:51:23 04:55:25 03:06:43 08:58:47 -28:20 40
15 Lukas Polan CZE 00:59:03 05:10:12 03:24:14 09:39:10 06:40 30
16 Marek Nemcik SVK 01:08:45 05:31:20 04:38:43 11:27:57 -03:44 20
Andreas Linden SWE 00:51:20 04:32:41 DNF
Bekim Christensen DEN 00:58:53 04:29:25 DNF
Martin Olsson SWE 01:01:04 04:41:06 DNF
Markus Liebelt GER 00:50:15 DNF
Rasmus Fitzner DEN 00:55:19 DNF

Kona Qualifying Implications

As Sweden is one of the last races before the August cutoff, a few Kona Qualifying decisions have been determined:

  • Cameron Wurf finished second, exactly the minimum result he needed to be secure for a Kona slot. Congratulations!
  • Giulio Molinari and Denis Chevrot were on the start list but decided not to race, but even without adding points this weekend they are also safe for a slot.
  • Esben Hovgaard and Daniil Sapunov were also in the running for a slot, but they finished one rank behind what they would have needed to make it into the bubble. They are now 14th and 17th in the August KPR (before IM Mont Tremblant), so don’t have a chance for a slot without a massive number of rolldowns.
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