Ironman Western Australia 2018 – Analyzing Results

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Course Conditions

After last year’s canceled swim, this year saw a “regular” Ironman in Busselton. The race was quick as usual (adjustment of 13:26), but there have been quicker conditions before and overall pretty much in line with the course rating of 16:39. It’s been mainly the bike that has been fast, as evidenced by a new bike record by Cam Wurf (his 4:07 was just a minute quicker than Luke McKenzie’s time from 2015) and Caroline Steffen missing Mareen Hufe’s bike record from 2016 by just three minutes even with a slow flat in the last miles before T2. Caroline’s overall time was good enough for a female course record, with an 8:49 she improved Mel Hauschildt’s time from 2016 by five minutes.

Male Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:48:47 04:12:11 02:51:12 07:56:00 -09:11 US$ 10,000
2 Cameron Wurf AUS 00:49:54 04:07:13 02:56:29 07:57:40 -15:06 US$ 5,000
3 Matt Burton AUS 00:52:16 04:16:20 02:53:40 08:07:18 -33:48 US$ 3,250
4 Luke McKenzie AUS 00:49:49 04:19:28 02:56:01 08:09:43 -07:03 US$ 2,500
5 Patrick Dirksmeier GER 00:49:48 04:23:35 02:55:16 08:13:28 n/a US$ 1,750
6 Lachlan Kerin AUS 00:52:12 04:25:35 03:00:19 08:23:17 -1:02:22 US$ 1,250
7 Blake Kappler AUS 00:52:10 04:28:54 03:09:33 08:35:11 n/a US$ 750
8 Simon Billeau FRA 00:56:51 04:24:57 03:14:40 08:40:55 -06:30 US$ 500
9 Konstantin Bachor GER 00:52:17 04:26:32 03:35:41 08:59:35 19:52
10 Ryan Palazzi AUS 00:52:10 04:46:06 03:50:53 09:35:44 -19:32
James Cunnama ZAF 00:49:46 04:27:09 DNF
Esben Hovgaard DEN 00:52:16 04:25:51 DNF
Nathan Groch NZL 00:52:10 DNF

Female Race Results

Rank Name Nation Swim Bike Run Time Diff to exp. Prize Money
1 Caroline Steffen SUI 00:53:53 04:44:51 03:06:13 08:49:45 -10:09 US$ 10,000
2 Barbara Riveros CHI 00:53:59 04:58:46 03:10:55 09:08:08 n/a US$ 5,000
3 Dimity-Lee Duke AUS 01:00:31 04:59:08 03:10:41 09:15:36 -09:27 US$ 3,250
4 Emily Loughnan AUS 00:55:38 05:07:24 03:13:02 09:20:53 12:13 US$ 2,500
5 Beth McKenzie USA 01:02:47 05:09:41 03:06:02 09:23:27 15:47 US$ 1,750
6 Anna Eberhardt HUN 01:10:21 05:06:40 03:20:40 09:42:59 -10:11 US$ 1,250
7 Jessica Mitchell AUS 01:02:52 05:13:31 03:35:23 09:58:26 07:54 US$ 750
8 Melanie Baumann SUI 01:19:08 05:04:15 03:50:41 10:21:40 n/a US$ 500

Kona Qualifying

IM Western Australia had one base slot for each gender plus two unassigned slots. Based on my understanding of the assignment process and the number of athletes starting the race (8 females and 13 males), one slot should go to each gender. This means that both of the top two finishers in each gender get a Kona slot, and Terenzo Bozzone, Cameron Wurf, Caroline Steffen and Barbara Riveros have secured their Kona 2019 start.

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