2015 Ironman World Championship

The 2015 Ironman World Championship was a long distance triathlon competition held on October 10, 2015 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii and won by Jan Frodeno of Germany and Daniela Ryf of Switzerland. The race was the 39th 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]

Ironman World Championship
LocationKailua-Kona, Hawaii
DateOctober 10, 2015
Champions
MenGermany Jan Frodeno
WomenSwitzerland Daniela Ryf
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Championship resultsEdit

MenEdit

Rank Time
(h:mm:ss)
Name Country Split times (h:mm:ss / m:ss)
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
  8:14:40 Jan Frodeno   Germany 50:50 1:51 4:27:27 2:11 2:52:21
  8:17:43 Andreas Raelert   Germany 52:24 1:56 4:30:52 2:29 2:50:02
  8:18:50 Timothy O'Donnell   United States 52:24 2:01 4:26:13 2:26 2:55:46
4 8:21:25 Andy Potts   United States 50:56 2:11 4:32:41 2:26 2:53:45
5 8:23:09 Tyler Butterfield   Bermuda 52:33 2:01 4:29:35 2:41 2:56:19
6 8:25:05 Cyril Viennot   France 52:35 2:19 4:34:27 2:39 2:53:05
7 8:28:10 Eneko Llanos   Spain 52:36 2:15 4:26:56 2:13 3:04:10
8 8:29:43 Sebastian Kienle   Germany 52:36 2:34 4:25:53 2:32 3:06:08
9 8:30:13 Brent McMahon   Canada 52:26 1:51 4:27:51 2:03 3:06:02
10 8:31:43 Boris Stein   Germany 57:27 2:11 4:30:48 2:29 2:58:48
Source:[2]

WomenEdit

Rank Time
(h:mm:ss)
Name Country Split times (h:mm:ss / m:ss)
Swim T1 Bike T2 Run
  8:57:57 Daniela Ryf    Switzerland 56:14 2:10 4:50:46 2:10 3:06:37
  9:10:59 Rachel Joyce   United Kingdom 56:11 2:15 5:01:29 2:22 3:08:42
  9:14:52 Liz Blatchford   Australia 56:13 2:07 5:07:25 2:42 3:06:25
4 9:18:50 Michelle Vesterby   Denmark 56:11 1:58 5:00:41 2:46 3:17:14
5 9:21:45 Heather Jackson   United States 1:04:36 2:13 5:04:43 2:20 3:07:53
6 9:23:50 Susie Cheetham   United Kingdom 57:39 2:08 5:14:33 2:35 3:06:55
7 9:24:32 Sarah Piampiano   United States 1:10:01 2:47 5:02:28 2:43 3:06:33
8 9:25:41 Camilla Pedersen   Denmark 56:14 2:16 4:59:17 2:31 3:25:23
9 9:27:54 Caroline Steffen    Switzerland 56:16 2:05 5:10:53 3:13 3:15:27
10 9:28:36 Lucy Gossage   United Kingdom 1:05:08 2:10 5:02:40 2:47 3:15:51
Source:[2]

QualificationEdit

The division of athletes was divided into professional, age group, physically challenged, and hand cycle divisions.[3]

For entry into the 2015 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 2015 championship race that period was August 30, 2014 to August 23, 2015. The top 50 male and top 35 female pros in points at the end of the qualifying year qualify 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 count 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 2015 Ironman Championship. All automatic entries awarded did not count toward the number of available qualifying spots.[4][5] The available prize money to professional triathletes for qualifying races ranges from $25,000 to $150,000, depending on the event.[1]

Amateur athletes could qualify through a single performance at an Ironman event or at the Ironman 70.3 Kraichgau 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.[3] This qualifying year marked a large de-emphasis on using selected Ironman 70.3 series races as an avenue for amateur athletes to qualify for the Ironman World Championships. The change was made to accommodate for the increased number of qualifying slots created from the newly added full Ironman events.[6]

Other means of entry into the championship race could also be obtained through a random allocation lottery, through Ironman's Legacy program, or through the Ironman's charitable eBay auction. Handcycle competitors could qualify at Ironman Cairns (one male/one female), Ironman 70.3 Luxembourg (one male/one female) and Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake (two male/one female)[3]

Illegal lotteryEdit

According to a sworn complaint filed with the U.S. District Court in Tampa, Florida, Ironman illegally charged athletes for a chance to win the opportunity to compete in the Ironman World Championship.[7][8] According to Florida law, the state where the World Triathlon Corporation resides, it is illegal to set up and charge for a lottery.[9] Because WTC charged a $50 fee to enter the lottery, instead of giving away the opportunity to win a slot at the championships, they were in violation of this law.[10] Following the complaint WTC cooperated with the United States Attorneys office and the FBI's investigation of the matter and agreed to forfeit $2,761,910, the amount collected from the lottery since October 24, 2012.[7][11]

Winners of the 2015 lottery were notified on March 17, 2015, prior to the announcement of the complaint.[8] WTC stated that these winners would be unaffected by this decision and that their slots for the upcoming championship race would be honored.[12]

Non-point racesEdit

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 at 9 Ironman events and 11 Ironman 70.3 events in 2015, all occurring within North America. Those Ironman races with no points or prize purse offered include: Ironman Boulder, Louisville, Wisconsin, Maryland, Lake Tahoe, Florida, Muskoka, Los Cabos and Lake Placid. The majority of these listed events occur after the qualifying period has ended, August, and near the date of the annual Championship event in October. This would also mark the first time since 1985 that an Ironman race will not offer a prize purse.[13] For the 2015 Ironman Championship qualifying period this affects Ironman Lake Placid and Ironman Boulder.[14]

Qualifying Ironman racesEdit

Date Event Location
Sep 7, 2014 Ironman Wisconsin   Madison, Wisconsin
Sep 14, 2014 Ironman Wales   Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales
Sep 21, 2014 Ironman Lake Tahoe*   Lake Tahoe, California
Sep 27, 2014 Ironman Malaysia   Langkawi, Malaysia
Sep 27, 2014 Ironman Mallorca   Alcúdia, Mallorca, Spain
Sep 28, 2014 Ironman Chattanooga   Chattanooga, Tennessee
Oct 5, 2014 Ironman Barcelona   Barcelona, Spain
Oct 11, 2014 Ironman World Championship   Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
Nov 1, 2014 Ironman Florida   Panama City Beach, Florida
Nov 9, 2014 Ironman Fortaleza   Fortaleza, Brazil
Nov 16, 2014 Ironman Arizona   Tempe, Arizona
Nov 30, 2014 Ironman Cozumel   Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Dec 7, 2014 Ironman Western Australia   Busselton, Western Australia
Mar 7, 2015 Ironman New Zealand   Taupo, New Zealand
Mar 22, 2015 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship   Melbourne, Australia
Mar 29, 2015 Ironman African Championship   Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Apr 12, 2015 Ironman Taiwan   Kenting, Taiwan
May 3, 2015 Ironman Australia   Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia
May 16, 2015 Ironman North American Championship   The Woodlands Township, Texas
May 23, 2015 Ironman Lanzarote   Puerto del Carmen, Lanzarote, Spain
May 31, 2015 Ironman Latin American Championships   Florianópolis, Brazil
Jun 14, 2015 Ironman Cairns   Cairns, Australia
Jun 28, 2015 Ironman France   Nice, France
Jun 28, 2015 Ironman Austria   Klagenfurt, Austria
Jun 28, 2015 Ironman Coeur d'Alene   Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Jul 5, 2015 Ironman European Championship   Frankfurt, Germany
Jul 19, 2015 Ironman UK   Bolton, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
Jul 19, 2015 Ironman Switzerland   Zürich, Switzerland
Jul 26, 2015 Ironman Lake PlacidX   Lake Placid, New York
Jul 26, 2015 Ironman Canada   Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
Aug 2, 2015 Ironman Maastricht-Limburg   Maastricht, Limburg, Netherlands
Aug 2, 2015 Ironman BoulderX   Boulder, Colorado
Aug 15, 2015 Ironman Sweden   Kalmar, Sweden
Aug 16, 2015 Ironman Mont-Tremblant   Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
August 23, 2015 Ironman Copenhagen   Copenhagen, Denmark
Aug 23, 2015 Ironman Japan   Hokkaido, Japan

*Ironman Lake Tahoe was canceled due to smoke from the King Fire.[15]
XAmateur only competition.

ReferencesEdit

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