Top 3 Results 2013: Swim, Bike and Run

Note: This is an excerpt from my 2013 TriRating Report which has a lot more information about the 2013 long distance season. You can download it for free using this link.

When listing the top results, there are two different ways of presenting them: One is by the „clock time“ as posted on the race results. This is pretty interesting by itself, but normalized times (adjusting for a fast or slow course and conditions on race day) are usually a bit more indicative of how good the performance really was (and not on how fast a course the race was occurring).

This post contains the Top 3 results (as per clock time) and Top 3 performances in each of the legs.

Swim

Top 3 Male Performances of 2013

Dylan McNeice’s results show why he my the new top-rated swimmer: All of his four swims in IM- distance races made it into the top 10, and his two best swims are the #1 and #2 performances:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Dylan McNeice 00:42:59 00:47:56 Challenge Wanaka on 2013-01-19
2 Dylan McNeice 00:43:00 00:47:00 Challenge Taiwan on 2013-05-04
3 Todd Skipworth 00:45:53 00:50:10 Challenge Taiwan on 2013-05-04

Fastest 3 Male Times of 2013

The best male swim times this year were posted in Austria, I’m not aware of any reports that the course was short:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Bart Colpaert 00:47:22 00:42:54 IM Austria on 2013-06-30
2 Santi Pellejero Gacía 00:47:23 00:42:55 IM Austria on 2013-06-30
3 Daniel Halksworth 00:47:12 00:43:59 IM UK on 2013-08-04

Top 3 Female Performances of 2013

The best performance (even if the time „looks“ slow) was delivered by Celine Schaerer in her IM debut race in Switzerland:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Celine Schaerer 00:47:39 00:52:38 IM Switzerland on 2013-07-28
2 Jodie Swallow 00:48:02 00:46:09 IM Germany on 2013-07-07
3 Meredith Kessler 00:48:14 00:47:37 IM New Zealand on 2013-03-02

Fastest 3 Female Times of 2013

Jodie was a minute slower than Amanda Stevens last year, but her time from Germany was still the fastest this year:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Jodie Swallow 00:48:02 00:46:09 IM Germany on 2013-07-07
2 Haley Chura 00:48:35 00:46:21 IM Brasil on 2013-05-26
3 Meredith Kessler 00:48:14 00:47:37 IM New Zealand on 2013-03-02

Bike

Top 3 Male Performances of 2013

As in 2012 Andy Starykowicz’ bike leg from IM Florida was the best bike performance of the year, but the difference to the next spots is much smaller than if you just looked at the “raw” times:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Andrew Starykowicz 04:24:20 04:02:17 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
2 Andrew Starykowicz 04:24:37 04:21:50 IM Hawaii on 2013-10-12
3 Luke McKenzie 04:25:13 04:22:25 IM Hawaii on 2013-10-12

Fastest 3 Male Times of 2013

Of course Andy Strykowicz’s new “world record” at IM Florida was the fastest time of the year:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Andrew Starykowicz 04:24:20 04:02:17 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
2 Konstantin Bachor 04:26:44 04:14:16 Challenge Barcelona on 2013-10-06
3 Christophe Bastie 04:37:44 04:14:34 IM Florida on 2013-11-02

Top 3 Female Performances of 2013

As in 2012 Caroline had the best bike performance of the year:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Caroline Steffen 04:51:32 04:49:38 MetaMan on 2013-08-31
2 Yvonne Van Vlerken 04:52:16 04:39:35 Challenge Roth on 2013-07-14
3 Eva Wutti 04:54:26 04:39:58 IM Copenhagen on 2013-08-18

Fastest 3 Female Times of 2013

IM Florida almost saw a new “world bike record” on the women’s side as well – Yvonne missed Caroline’s best from Melbourne 2012 by just 20 seconds:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Yvonne Van Vlerken 05:00:55 04:35:49 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
2 Mareen Hufe 05:04:42 04:39:17 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
3 Yvonne Van Vlerken 04:52:16 04:39:35 Challenge Roth on 2013-07-14

Run

Top 3 Male Performances of 2013

In 2013 we saw some fantastic runs, but I don’t think that too many people would have listed Tim Berkel’s 2:44 from Cairns as the best run performance of the year. However, you have to consider that there were only two more sub-3h performances on that day – by Chris McCormack and Jason Shortis, both more than ten minutes slower than Tim!

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Tim Berkel 02:41:35 02:44:24 IM Cairns on 2013-06-01
2 Bart Aernouts 02:44:24 02:44:03 IM Hawaii on 2013-10-12
3 Bart Aernouts 02:45:12 02:37:01 IM France on 2013-06-23

Fastest 3 Male Times of 2013

The fastest run times come from a number of different courses. The two 2:37 marathon were the fastest times we’ve seen in the past years (and on mostly legitimate courses at that). The fastest time I’m aware of is a 2:35 by Peter Reid in Austria 1999 – on a run course even Peter admits was short.

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Bart Aernouts 02:45:12 02:37:01 IM France on 2013-06-23
2 Victor Del Corral 02:45:27 02:37:29 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
3 Andreas Raelert 02:45:17 02:40:07 IM Austria on 2013-06-30

Top 3 Female Performances of 2013

The run results are dominated by Kona results, indicating that all athletes gave their absolute best in the race that matters most. Of course, Rinny had the best Kona run and also the best run performance of the year:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Mirinda Carfrae 02:51:00 02:50:38 IM Hawaii on 2013-10-12
2 Caitlin Snow 02:59:16 02:58:53 IM Hawaii on 2013-10-12
3 Kristin Moeller 03:01:56 02:58:37 IM Lanzarote on 2013-05-18

Fastest 3 Female Times of 2013

Rinny had the fastest 2013 run by quite a large margin:

Rank Name Normalized Time Actual Time Race
1 Mirinda Carfrae 02:51:00 02:50:38 IM Hawaii on 2013-10-12
2 Ashley Clifford 03:05:31 02:56:35 IM Florida on 2013-11-02
3 Kristin Moeller 03:02:17 02:57:13 IM Germany on 2013-07-07
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