2016 Ironman World Championship

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Ironman World Championship
Location Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Date October 8, 2016
Champions
Men Germany Jan Frodeno
Women Switzerland Daniela Ryf
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The 2016 Ironman World Championship was a long distance triathlon competition that was held on October 8, 2016 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. It was won by Jan Frodeno of Germany and Daniela Ryf of Switzerland, both repeat champions from 2015. The race was the 40th edition of the Ironman World Championship, which has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978. The championship was organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and awarded a total purse prize of $650,000.[1]

Championship results[edit]

Men[edit]

Rank Time
(h:mm:ss)
Name Country Split times (h:mm:ss / m:ss)
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
1st, gold medalist(s) 8:06:30 Jan Frodeno  Germany 48:02 1:52 4:29:00 2:02 2:45:34
2nd, silver medalist(s) 8:10:02 Sebastian Kienle  Germany 52:27 2:12 4:23:55 2:25 2:49:03
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 8:11:14 Patrick Lange  Germany 48:57 1:51 4:37:49 2:10 2:39:45
4 8:13:00 Ben Hoffman  United States 48:55 2:00 4:28:06 2:43 2:51:45
5 8:13:25 Andreas Böcherer  Germany 48:10 2:27 4:28:07 2:36 2:52:05
6 8:16:20 Tim O'Donnell  United States 48:12 1:53 4:29:10 2:04 2:55:01
7 8:16:56 Boris Stein  Germany 54:10 1:55 4:23:04 2:28 2:55:19
8 8:20:30 Bart Aernouts  Belgium 53:58 2:09 4:32:37 3:02 2:48:44
9 8:21:51 Iván Raña  Spain 48:52 2:13 4:38:13 2:16 2:50:17
10 8:21:59 Frederik Van Lierde  Belgium 48:49 2:07 4:35:33 2:09 2:53:21
Source:[2]

Women[edit]

Rank Time
(h:mm:ss)
Name Country Split times (h:mm:ss / m:ss)
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
1st, gold medalist(s) 8:46:46 Daniela Ryf   Switzerland 52:50 2:16 4:52:26 2:23 2:56:51
2nd, silver medalist(s) 9:10:30 Mirinda Carfrae  Australia 56:44 2:07 5:10:54 2:25 2:58:20
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9:11:32 Heather Jackson  United States 58:56 2:06 5:00:31 2:11 3:07:48
4 9:14:26 Anja Beranek  Germany 52:51 2:01 5:00:42 2:17 3:16:35
5 9:15:40 Kaisa Lehtonen  Finland 58:55 1:52 5:08:54 2:43 3:03:16
6 9:19:05 Michelle Vesterby  Denmark 52:53 2:09 5:09:05 2:31 3:12:27
7 9:22:31 Sarah Piampiano  United States 1:02:42 2:24 5:07:29 2:52 3:07:04
8 9:22:59 Åsa Lundström  Sweden 1:02:04 2:18 5:09:46 2:09 3:06:42
9 9:25:57 Lucy Gossage  United Kingdom 1:01:57 2:41 5:06:01 3:03 3:12:15
10 9:28:17 Carrie Lester  Australia 56:40 2:26 5:10:50 2:26 3:15:55
Source:[3]

Qualification[edit]

The division of athletes was divided into professional, age group, physically challenged, hand cycle, and military divisions.[4]

Professional[edit]

For entry into the 2016 World Championship race professional triathletes qualified for the championship through a point system. Points were earned by competing in WTC sanctioned Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events throughout the qualifying year. For the 2016 championship race that period was August 30, 2015 to August 21, 2016. The top 50 male and top 35 female pros in points at the end of the qualifying year qualified to race in Kona. An athlete's five highest scoring races were counted in the point totals. At least one Ironman race must have been completed and only three Ironman 70.3 races counted towards an athlete's overall point total. Prior champions of a WTC Championship received an automatic entry for the Championship race for a period of five years after their last championship performance provided that they competed in at least one full-distance Ironman race during the qualifying year. Additionally, winners of the five regional Ironman championships received automatic qualification into the 2016 Ironman Championship. All automatic entries awarded did not count toward the number of available qualifying spots.[5][6] The available prize money to professional triathletes for qualifying races ranged from $25,000 to $150,000, depending on the event.[1]

In July 2015, WTC announced a pilot program for separate professional men and women only events for races in 2016. On four different dates separate races will be held with only females in the professional field and only males in the professional field, for a total of eight different events. This impacted two dates during the 2016 championship qualifying year, July 24, where the professional women raced at Ironman Lake Placid and the professional men raced Ironman Canada[7] and August 20/21 where the women competed at Ironman Sweden and the men at Ironman Copenhagen. The program is based partly on feedback from female professionals who have stated that slower professional men (who start prior to the women) and age group men (who start after) interfere with the women's racing and tactics.[7][8]

Amateur[edit]

Amateur athletes could qualify through a single performance at an Ironman event. Slots were allocated to each amateur 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.[4]

Other means of entry into the championship race could also be obtained through Ironman's Legacy program, or through the Ironman’s charitable eBay auction. Handcycle competitors, who are paraplegic, quadriplegic or double above-the-knee amputees and use a hand cranked cycle on the bike segment and racing chair for the run segment could also qualify at Ironman 70.3 Cairns (one male/one female), Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg (two male/one female), and Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake (one male/one female)[4]

WTC offered an Executive Challenge program, named Ironman XC, that provided the chance to qualify for the championship race via other select Ironman events. Entry into the program was done through an application process.[9]

In December 2014, WTC announced a newly created military division for active duty personnel. The division was open to any active personnel, regardless of country or gender. Slots were allocated in a similar fashion to the normal age group qualification process with age group categories set at 18-29, 30-39 and 40+ for each gender. Three races were announced, with two impacting the 2016 qualifying period: Ironman 70.3 Superfrog (14 slots) and Ironman Cairns (10 Slots).[10]

Qualifying Ironman races[edit]

Date Event Location
Aug 30, 2015 Ironman Vichy France Vichy, France
Aug 30, 2015 Ironman Muskokax Canada Muskoka, Canada
Sep 13, 2015 Ironman Wales Wales Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Sep 13, 2015 Ironman Wisconsinx United States Madison, Wisconsin
Sep 20, 2015 Ironman Lake Tahoex United States Lake Tahoe, California
Sep 26, 2015 Ironman Mallorca Spain Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain
Sep 27, 2015 Ironman Chattanooga United States Chattanooga, Tennessee
Oct 3, 2015 Ironman Marylandx United States Cambridge, Maryland
Oct 4, 2015 Ironman Barcelona Spain Barcelona, Spain
Oct 10, 2015 Ironman World Championship United States Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Oct 11, 2015 Ironman Louisvillex United States Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 25, 2015 Ironman Los Cabosx Mexico Los Cabos, Mexico
Nov 7, 2015 Ironman Floridax United States Panama City Beach, Florida
Nov 8, 2015 Ironman Fortalezax Brazil Fortaleza, Brazil
Nov 14, 2015 Ironman Malaysia Malaysia Langkawi, Malaysia
Nov 15, 2015 Ironman Arizona United States Tempe, Arizona
Nov 29, 2015 Ironman Cozumel Mexico Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Dec 6, 2015 Ironman Western Australia Australia Busselton, Western Australia
Mar 5, 2016 Ironman New Zealand New Zealand Taupo, New Zealand
Apr 10, 2016 Ironman African Championship South Africa Port Elizabeth, South Africa
May 1, 2016 Ironman Australia Australia Port Macquarie, New South Wales
May 14, 2016 Ironman North American Championship United States The Woodlands Township, Texas
May 21, 2016 Ironman Lanzarote Spain Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain
May 29, 2016 Ironman South American Championship Brazil Florianópolis, Brazil
Jun 5, 2016 Ironman France France Nice, France
Jun 12, 2016 Ironman Asia- Pacific Championship* Australia Cairns, Queensland
Jun 26, 2016 Ironman Austria Austria Klagenfurt, Austria
Jul 3, 2016 Ironman European Championship Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Jul 17, 2016 Ironman UK United Kingdom Bolton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Jul 24, 2016 Ironman Switzerland Switzerland Zürich, Switzerland
Jul 24, 2016 Ironman Lake Placidw United States Lake Placid, New York
Jul 24, 2016 Ironman Canadam Canada Whistler, British Columbia
Jul 30, 2016 Ironman Vineman United States Windsor, California
Jul 31, 2016 Ironman Maastricht-Limburg Netherlands Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
Aug 7, 2016 Ironman Boulderx United States Boulder, Colorado
Aug 20, 2016 Ironman Swedenw Sweden Kalmar, Sweden
Aug 21, 2016 Ironman Copenhagenm Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark
Aug 21, 2016 Ironman Mont Tremblant Canada Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Aug 21, 2016 Ironman Coeur d'Alenex United States Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

*Asia-Pacific Championship was moved from Melbourne to Cairns after local Melbourne officials canceled the race due to an F1 event on the same day.[11][12]
xAmateur only competition.
mProfessional men's field
wProfessional women's field

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Pro Event Registration". World Triathlon Corporation. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  2. ^ "10/8/2016 Results: IRONMAN World Championship - Men". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  3. ^ "10/8/2016 Results: IRONMAN World Championship - Women". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "Qualification FAQ". World Triathlon Corporation. Archived from the original on March 28, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "IM Qualifying". World Triathlon Corporation. Archived from the original on April 7, 2016. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  6. ^ Krabel, Herbert (July 26, 2010). "2011 Kona Pro Qualification Rules". Slowtwitch.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  7. ^ a b "Ironman To Test Splitting Male And Female Pro Fields In 2016". Triathlete.com. July 27, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  8. ^ "Structure Needs to Head Triatlhon's Way". First Off the Bike. May 15, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "Ironman XC". World Triathlon Corporation. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ironman Announces Kona Qualifying Process For Military Division". triathlete.com. December 3, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  11. ^ "Queensland secures Ironman Asia Pacific for Cairns". The State of Queensland. November 20, 2015. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  12. ^ Krabel, Herbert (October 28, 2015). "2016 IM Melbourne is cancelled". slowtwitch.com. Retrieved June 21, 2016.

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