2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
|Ironman 70.3 World Championship|
|Location||Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria|
|Date||August 30, 2015|
The 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship was a triathlon competition that was held in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria on August 30, 2015. It was won by Jan Frodeno of Germany and Daniela Ryf of Switzerland. The championship was organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and was the culmination of the Ironman 70.3 series of events that occurred from August 3, 2014 through July 12, 2015. Athletes, both professional and amateur, earned a spot in the championship race by qualifying in races throughout the 70.3 series. A prize purse of $250,000 will be distributed to the top 10 male and female professional athletes. The race marked the second year of the championship event being held in a non-recurring location and the first time being held in Europe.
|Name||Country||Split times (h:mm:ss)|
|7||3:57:47||Jan Van Berkel||Switzerland||22:27||2:03||2:13:15||1:28||1:18:34|
|Name||Country||Split times (h:mm:ss)|
|5||4:27:39||Alicia Kaye||United States||24:03||2:10||2:28:58||1:33||1:30:35|
|7||4:30:31||Susie Cheetham||United Kingdom||26:34||2:03||2:34:52||1:28||1:25:01|
|9||4:31:00||Lauren Barnett||United States||26:36||2:06||2:32:18||1:36||1:27:52|
With Ryf's win she became the first female to win back-to-back Ironman 70.3 championship titles. Former champions Jodie Swallow and Meredith Kessler both exited the race early. Swallow pulled out after the swim after suffering a bike crash the previous day. Kessler experienced mechanical issues on the bike.
The 2015 Ironman 70.3 Series featured 71 events that enabled qualification to the 2015 World Championship event. Professional triathletes qualified for the championship race by competing in races during the qualifying period, earning points towards their pro rankings. For the 2015 championship race that period was August 3, 2014 to July 12, 2015. An athlete’s five highest scoring races are counted toward their pro rankings. The top 50 males and top 35 females in the pro rankings qualified for the championship race. The previous five 70.3 champions receive an automatic qualifying spot provided they validate their entry by competitively finishing one qualifying race. Winners of the five regional 70.3 championships will also automatically qualify for the championship race. These winners did not count towards the final 50 and 35 qualifiers Professional athletes were also eligible for prize purses at each qualifying event, which ranged in total size from $75,000 to $100,000.
Amateur triathletes could qualify for the championship race by earning a qualifying slot at one of the qualifying events. At qualifying events, slots were allocated to each age group category, male and female, with the number of slots given out based on that category's proportional representation of the overall field. Each age group category was tentatively allocated one qualifying spot in each qualifying event. In previous years some 70.3 events also served as qualifiers for the full Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. However, the 2014 qualifying year served as the final year for almost all qualifying races in this capacity. As such this year's qualifying season only the handcycle competitions and Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau will offer qualification into the 2015 Ironman World Championship. This was to accommodate for the increased number of qualifying slots created from the newly added full Ironman events.
Prior to the 2014 Ironman Boulder race, World Triathlon Corporation's CEO, Andrew Messick, announced a redistribution of prize money to help facilitate paying ten professionals deep at each race as well as awarding larger prize purses at select races across Ironman and Ironman 70.3. As part of this initiative, WTC eliminated points and prize purses for professional triathletes initially at 9 Ironman events and 11 Ironman 70.3 events in 2015, mostly occurring within North America. There are nine Ironman 70.3 races with no professional points or prize purse offered for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 Championship qualifying period.
Qualifying Ironman 70.3 events
|Aug 3, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Philippines||Cebu, Philippines|
|Aug 10, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Steelhead||Benton Harbor, Michigan|
|Aug 10, 2014||Ironman 70.3 European Pro Championship||Wiesbaden, Germany|
|Aug 17, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens||Lake Stevens, Washington|
|Aug 17, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Timberman||Gilford, New Hampshire|
|Aug 23, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Budapest||Budapest, Hungary|
|Aug 30, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Foz do Iguaçu||Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil|
|Aug 31, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Zell am See|||Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria|
|Sep 7, 2014||Ironman 70.3 World Championship||Mont-Tremblant, Quebec|
|Sep 7, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Muskoka||Huntsville, Ontario|
|Sep 14, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Sunshine Coast||Sunshine Coast, Queensland|
|Sep 14, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Rügen||Rügen, Germany|
|Sep 14, 2014||Ironman 70.3 KronbergX||Elsinore, Denmark|
|Sep 20, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Lanzarote||Lanzarote, Spain|
|Sep 21, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Princeton||Princeton, New Jersey|
|Sep 21, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Cozumel||Cozumel, Mexico|
|Sep 21, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe*||Lake Tahoe, California|
|Sep 28, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Augusta||Augusta, Georgia|
|Oct 4, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Gurye Korea||Gurye, Korea|
|Oct 5, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Silverman||Henderson, Nevada|
|Oct 19, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Port MacQuarie||Port Macquarie, New South Wales|
|Oct 26, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Miami||Miami, Florida|
|Oct 26, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Austin||Austin, Texas|
|Nov 2, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Taiwan||Hengchun, Taiwan|
|Nov 9, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Australian Pro Championship||Mandurah, Western Australia|
|Nov 16, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Ballarat||Ballarat, Victoria|
|Nov 30, 2014||Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Jan 11, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Pucón||Pucón, Chile|
|Jan 18, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Asia Pacific Pro Championship||Auckland, New Zealand|
|Jan 25, 2015||Ironman 70.3 South Africa||Buffalo City, South Africa|
|Feb 8, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Geelong||Geelong, Victoria|
|Mar 8, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay||Subic Bay, Philippines|
|Mar 15, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Mar 16, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Monterrey||Monterrey, Mexico|
|Mar 28, 2015||Ironman 70.3 California||Oceanside, California|
|Apr 5, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Latin American Pro Championship||Brasília, Brazil|
|Apr 5, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya||Putrajaya, Malaysia|
|Apr 12, 2015||Ironman 70.3 FloridaX||Haines City, Florida|
|Apr 19, 2015||Ironman 70.3 New Orleans||New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Apr 26, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Texas||Galveston, Texas|
|May 2, 2015||Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship||St. George, Utah|
|May 2, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Busselton||Busselton, Western Australia|
|May 3, 2015||Ironman 70.3 St Croix||Saint Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands|
|May 3, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix||Aix-en-Provence, France|
|May 9, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Mallorca||Alcudia, Mallorca, Spain|
|May 10, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Vietnam||Da Nang, Vietnam|
|May 17, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Austria||St. Pölten/Vienna, Austria|
|May 17, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Barcelona||Barcelona, Spain|
|May 17, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga||Chattanooga, Tennessee|
|May 30, 2015||Ironman 70.3 HawaiiX||Kohala, Hawaii|
|May 31, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Raleigh||Raleigh, North Carolina|
|Jun 7, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Japan||Tokoname, Aichi, Japan|
|Jun 7, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Switzerland||Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland|
|Jun 7, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau†||Kraichgau, Germany|
|Jun 13, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Boulder||Boulder, Colorado|
|Jun 13, 2015||Ironman 70.3 BoiseX||Boise, Idaho|
|Jun 14, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Italy||Pescara,Italy|
|Jun 14, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Eagleman||Cambridge, Maryland|
|Jun 14, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Cairns||Cairns, Queensland|
|Jun 14, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire||Staffordshire, England|
|Jun 14, 2015||Ironman 70.3 VictoriaX||Victoria, British Columbia|
|Jun 20, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg‡||Luxembourg|
|Jun 21, 2015||Ironman 70.3 KronbergX||Elsinore, Denmark|
|Jun 21, 2015||Ironman 70.3 SyracuseX||Syracuse, New York|
|Jun 21, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Mont Tremblant||Mont-Tremblant, Quebec|
|Jun 28, 2015||Ironman 70.3 UKX||Wimbleball, Exmoor, UK|
|Jun 28, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake‡||Lubbock, Texas|
|Jul 5, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Incheon Korea||Incheon, Korea|
|Jul 5, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Norway||Haugesund, Norway|
|Jul 5, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Muskoka||Huntsville, Ontario|
|Jul 11, 2015||Ironman 70.3 MuncieX||Muncie, Indiana|
|Jul 12, 2015||Ironman 70.3 Vineman||Sonoma County, California|
*Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe was canceled due to smoke from the King Fire.
†Also serves as a 2014 Ironman World Championship qualifier.
‡Also serves as the handcycle championships and as 2015 Ironman World Championship handcycle qualifier
XNo professional points awarded.
Qualifying pro men
Qualifying slots into the championship race were awarded to the top 50 men in points. Slots that were not accepted by an athlete were rolled down to the next highest eligible qualifier in points.
Qualifying pro women
Qualifying slots were awarded to the top 35 women in points. Slots that were not accepted by an athlete were rolled down to the next highest eligible qualifier in points.
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