Ironman Switzerland 2017 – Analyzing Results

Race Conditions

Conditions in Zürich were very similar to previous years, all legs were pretty close to the course ratings. Some athletes posted quick times in the individual legs (Celine was just 22 seconds off her swim course record, Cameron within five minutes off the bike course record) and overall records (Nick ended up just 48 seconds slower than Ronnie in 2010, the second fastest time ever in Zürich), but no new records were set this year.

Male Race Results

SUI_Nick

Nick Kastelein had a great race in Zürich: He posted the second fastest times on the swim, bike an run, resulting in the second fastest time ever at IM Zürich and convincing win. Cameron Wurf seemed to be intent to close the small gap to him after the swim, but never managed to catch up to him. He still had a lead of one minutes into T2 and then quickly built that to seven minutes at the finish. Second place went to Ruedi Wild who had the fastest marathon of the day. Jan Van Berkel ran a smart race: He was in close proximity to 9-time-winner Ronnie Schildknecht for most of the bike, and secured third place with a solid sub-3 marathon when Ronnie had to DNF with a strained muscle. With Samuel Huerzeler another Swiss finished in fourth, while Daniel Fontana climbed from 8th in T2 into fifth at the finish, securing a Kona slot. Daniil Sapunov in sixth and Cameron Wurf in seventh place missed the second place they would have needed for a Kona slot.

Photo by Ingo Kutsche Sports-Media Agency, used with permission

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Nick Kastelein AUS 00:48:18 04:31:13 02:50:24 08:13:28 -04:57 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Ruedi Wild SUI 00:48:43 04:38:52 02:49:21 08:20:37 -06:23 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Jan Van Berkel SUI 00:48:45 04:36:42 02:58:01 08:26:51 -08:03 US$ 3,000 1280
4 Samuel Huerzeler SUI 00:54:03 04:33:52 02:59:43 08:31:37 -19:28 US$ 2,500 960
5 Daniel Fontana ITA 00:48:41 04:42:04 03:01:32 08:36:06 04:46 US$ 1,500 720
6 Daniil Sapunov UKR 00:48:38 04:41:58 03:03:09 08:37:49 -02:38 US$ 1,000 540
7 Cameron Wurf AUS 00:52:01 04:28:06 03:19:41 08:43:57 07:05   405
8 Anton Blokhin UKR 00:51:54 04:38:50 03:11:42 08:46:12 01:01   305
9 Alexander Chikin RUS 00:55:46 04:44:14 03:18:53 09:03:36 n/a   230
10 Mike Schifferle SUI 00:59:31 04:49:09 03:12:25 09:07:17 05:31   170
11 Alexander Polizzi AUS 00:48:16 04:50:04 03:47:25 09:30:21 n/a   120
12 Allister Caird AUS 00:57:04 04:52:19 03:39:30 09:33:17 23:10   85
13 Lubos Truhlar CZE 01:06:24 04:58:58 03:28:24 09:39:26 n/a   60
14 Sebastian Pedraza ITA 01:02:44 05:02:38 03:31:42 09:41:46 -09:14   40
15 John Manuel Galindo Rooney ESP 00:52:00 05:06:27 03:50:33 09:53:50 26:01   30
  Ronnie Schildknecht SUI 00:53:49 04:31:18   DNF      
  Urs Mueller SUI 00:51:52 04:47:33   DNF      
  Gergely Nagy HUN 00:55:47 05:00:53   DNF      
  Harry Wiltshire GBR 00:48:20 05:47:23   DNF      
  Lukas Polan CZE 01:04:59 06:09:23   DNF      

Female Race Results

Celine Schwerer won IM Switzerland, leading from wire to wire: She was leading after the swim by five minutes, then had a good bike ride leading by almost eight minutes in T2, then also had the best run to win by almost fifteen minutes in the end. She won her first Ironman and also secured a July Kona slot.

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Photo by Ingo Kutsche Sports-Media Agency, used with permission

Tine Holst also have needed a win for a Kona slot and fought hard until the end, but only managed to run herself into second place. Third place went to Martina Kurz in her first Professional Ironman race.

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money KPR Points
1 Celine Schaerer SUI 00:51:45 05:11:00 03:15:36 09:23:02 -12:13 US$ 8,000 2000
2 Tine Holst DEN 01:05:52 05:11:05 03:16:50 09:37:44 -07:16 US$ 4,000 1600
3 Martina Kunz SUI 01:02:05 05:09:58 03:23:40 09:40:08 n/a US$ 3,000 1280
4 Regula Rohrbach SUI 01:00:20 05:10:01 03:39:31 09:54:18 04:28 US$ 2,500 960
5 Laurel Wassner USA 00:57:29 05:29:32 03:24:27 09:56:16 15:01 US$ 1,500 720
6 Anna Michelle Derron SUI 00:57:31 05:24:35 03:39:11 10:05:17 n/a US$ 1,000 540
7 Shiao-yu Li TWN 01:01:26 05:23:25 03:45:09 10:15:02 16:18   405
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