Ironman Austria results 2012

There is a very strong field of pro triathletes assembling for Ironman Austria that takes place on Sunday July 1, 2012 in Klangenfurt and it will take some doing to beat the course record set in 2011 by Marino Vanhoenacker.

Not only did Vanhoenacker win the race six times, in 2011 he shattered the Ironman Triathlon world record with a stunning finish time of 7:45:59 in Ironman Austria 2011.

In the 2012 version of Ironman Austria a new winner will be crowned.

IRONMAN AUSTRIA COURSE

It’s no mystery why times are so fast on the Ironman Austria course. It is built for speed.

The one-loop 3.8km swim normally takes place in warm, cyrsyal clear water of the Worthersee with an average temperature of 25c.

2012 Ironman Austria swim one-loop swim course map

A very fast winning swim time is expected on race day 2012


It’s not unusual at all for many of the lead swimmers to break the 50-minute mark in the swim.

The two-loop 112-mile bike course will take the riders through the center of Carinthia and it is considered to be a fast course.

If a strong runner happens to have a sizable lead when leaving the bike/run transition area he could be very hard to catch as the two-loop run course is super flat and super fast.

THE LIKELY PRO FAVORITES

There is little doubt that the favorite going into the race will be Faris(Speedo)Al-Sultan. He is the reining Ironman European Champion and is also a past Ironman Hawaii World Champion, winning the honor in 2005.

However, there are several other pros in the race who are legitimate podium contenders. Markus Fachback had a strong race in the recent Ironman South Africa 2012.

Michael Gohner from Germany has the fastest time recorded by the entries in this race. He has posted a 07:55:53.

Peter Graves from Britain and Balazs Csoke can also have an impact on the race on their best effort.

Beware of Spaniard Jose Villanueva if he is not to far off the leaders after his bike leg as he sure can run and could steal a podium spot.

PRO MEN

2012 ironman Austria results

Faris Al-Sultan in Kona, Hawaii

Faris Al-Sultan
Philip Graves
Michael Göhner
Markus Fachbach
Daniel Fontana
Thomas Hellriegel
Jose Luis Cano Villanueva
Mark Livesey
Hannes Hempel
Richard Martinez
Georg Swoboda
Milan Rovensky
Josef Krivanek
Petr Vabrousek
Andreas Fuchs
Simon Billeau
Jan-Roelf Heerssema
Evgeniy Nikitin
Markus Lichtenegger
Patrick Jaberg
Dominik Berger
Mika Luoto
Matej Paradiz
Markus Ressler
Sandi Ivancic
Bojan Maric
Mario Fink
Matjaz Kovac
Marek Nemcik
Jozef Vrabel
Tom Lowe
Daniel Niederreiter
Pedro Gomes
Eneko Elosegui
Ivan Kharin
Benoit Bourguet
Balazs Csoke
Ernst Moser
Rene Vallant
Kent Horner
Vincent Rieß
Alexander Brauneis
Alexander Frühwirth

On the pro woman side you just know that Erika Csomor will want to put her stamp on this race early and try and win wire-to-wire. She ran into a buzz-saw named Mary Beth Ellis last year and will want to atone.

In what is shaping up as a three-woman race for the win, Linsey Corbin from the U.S. is always tough and Nicloe Woysch from Germany gave notice with her strong effort in Ironman Lanzarote 2012 that she is rounding into form.

PRO WOMEN

2012 Ironman Austria results

Erika Csomor on a Cervelo bike.

Simone Fürnkranz
Dana Wagner
Christine Grammer
Nicole Woysch 
Erika Csomor
Simona Vykoukalova
Linsey Corbin
Simone HelfenschneiderOfner
Zeljka Saban
Conny Dauben
Michaela RUDOLF

Just a bit of news on the race weather conditions expected in Ironman Austria 2012 with the race about an hour away.

According to reports the temperatures hit a high of 37c on Saturday with much the same(a high of 35c) expected for race day. It also looks like it will be a “no wetsuit” swim because of the high water temperature.(Not official just yet, but likely will be the case).

Not great news for first-timers who count on their wetsuit for a bit of extra buoyancy.

IRONMAN AUSTRIA 2012 RACE DAY

It has been confirmed that there will be no wetsuits allowed for the race. Less than ten minutes to go now and for those 2700 in attendance and they are most likely standing on the fittest, most energy-charged spot on the earth at this moment.

Nothing in the world quite like those last few minutes before any Ironman Triathlon swim start.

íronman austria 2012 results

Nothing in the world quite like the Ironman swim. Ironmanlive image


The swim is underway and about eight hours from now(7 a.m. Mountain time) we will know who the new champion of Ironman Austria 2012 is. These pros are capable of a 45-minute swim time on this course, but might be a bit slower without wetsuits.

Faris Al-Sultan is a very fast swimmer and is in the lead early in the swim according to race spotters.

As expected, Erika Csomor is in front for the pro women and she might just stay in front for the rest of the day. It all depends how the bike goes for her, but she is a great runner and will be tough in the marathon.

It is Adam Molnar who is leading the way in the final stretch to the swim/bike transition with Phillip Graves right behind him.

What a difference without wetsuits. Last year’s fastest swim time was under 45:27 and this year it’s 50:49.

TOP TEN MEN-SWIM

Molnar Adam......................00:50:49
Graves Philip....................00:50:50
Csoke Balazs.....................00:50:52
Al-Sultan Faris..................00:50:57
Fontana Daniel...................00:50:57
Horner Kent......................00:50:58
Höfer Franz......................00:53:38
Berger Dominik...................00:53:43
Rieb Vincent.....................00:54:01
Gomes Pedro......................00:54:05

TOP TEN WOMEN-SWIM

Csomor Erika.....................00:57:01
Menegon Michela..................00:57:31
Saban Zeljka.....................00:58:09
Bishop Brooke....................00:58:10
Corbin Linsey....................00:59:18
Steinacher Heidi.................01:01:25
Pernold Lena.....................01:01:32
Woysch Nicole....................01:02:16
Stadlmann Monika.................01:02:20
Wagner Dana......................01:03:32

It’s shaping up to be quite a marathon. At 124k into the bike it’s Philip Graves with a two-minute lead over Faris Al-Sultan and Daniel Fontana with anther pack of five riders a eight minutes off the lead.

TOP 10 MEN AT 124K-BIKE

 
Graves Philip.....................03:50:00
Al-Sultan Faris...................03:52:19
Fontana Daniel....................03:52:20
Plese David.......................03:56:48
Höfer Franz.......................03:58:13
Lowe Tom..........................03:58:16
Göhner Michael....................03:58:18
Csoke Balazs......................03:58:18
Gomes Pedro.......................03:58:19
Fachbach Markus...................03:58:21

In the race for top spot for the pro women, Linsey Corbin has not allowed Erika Csomor to break away and the two female pros have been taking turns on the lead.

However they have created over a ten-minute gap as there are three other women behind them so it kind of looks bike the favorites for men and women are playing a waiting game until they can get to the bike/run transition.

TOP 5 WOMEN AT 124K-BIKE

Corbin Linsey.....................04:21:03
Csomor Erika......................04:21:15
Rudolf Michaela...................04:32:46
Fürnkranz Simone..................04:32:53
Stadlmann Monika..................04:33:37

THE MARATHON

Peter Graves is the first one to get his running shoes on and get out on the marathon course after his 4:23:54 bike split.

Faris Al-Sultan is less than two minutes behind him and Daniel Fontana of Italy is just about four minutes behind the leader, but certainly in contention.

It just took Al-Sultan 3k to take over the lead as Phillip Graves begins to fade and Daniel Fontana takes over the second position.

Michael Gohner was twelve minutes off the lead as he reached the bike finish. Balazs Csoke and Marcus Fachbach are thirteen minutes back.

At the 156k mark of the bike Linsey Corbin has created a gap of just under two minutes between herself and Erika Csomor. Not unexpectedly it has become a two-woman race as the rest of the field is almost 15 minutes off the pace.

Perhaps the biggest surprise is that Nicole Woysch is nowhere to be seen in the top six women and may have run into some problems on the bike course. No word on that yet from course spotters. She could just be having an off day.

By the 5k mark Linsey Corbin has built on her lead and is 3:32 ahead of Erika Csomor who is a very strong runner so Linsey is having a great run so far.

At the 13k mark for the men it is still Faris Al-Sultan with a lead of 1:25 over Daniel Fontana.

At the half-way point of the marathon Faris Al-Sultan is still the leader and is beginning to pull away and stretch out his lead. With 15k to go Faris Al-Sultan is still forging ahead and has built up a lead of over five minutes on Daniel Fontana.

PRO MEN AT THE MARATHON 27K MARK

Al-Sultan Faris..........07:06:51
Fontana Daniel...........07:11:15
Gomes Pedro..............07:21:33
Höfer Franz..............07:22:34
Lowe Tom.................07:23:32
Göhner Michael...........07:26:41
Markus Fachbach..........07:27:54

Erika Csomor is slowly making up ground on Linsey Corbin as the lead is 2:57 at the seventeen kilometer mark and by the half-way mark of the marathon it’s down to 2:12.

It seems that Faris Al-Sultan will soon claim is fifth Ironman victory as he is well ahead and inside the final eight kilometers of the marathon.

Now with two kilometers to go the lead is 6:00 minutes over Daniel Fontana who has had a great race.

Faris Al-Sultan is the winner of Ironman Austria 2012.

The winning time of 8:11:13 is well short of the world record time posted in 2011 by Marino Vanhoenacker but then the 33c temperature might have something to do with it as well as the “no-wetsuit” swim that resulted in far slower swim times across the board.

THE TOP TEN PRO MEN AT THE FINISH

2012 ironman austria results

Linsey Corbin the winner of Ironman Austria 2012-file image

Al-Sultan Faris..........08:11:31
Fontana Daniel...........08:20:37
Gomes Pedro..............08:26:31
Höfer Franz..............08:28:41
Plese David..............08:30:47
Lowe Tom.................08:31:15
Csoke Balazs.............08:39:57
Göhner Michael...........08:42:42
Jaberg Patrick...........08:43:09
Swoboda Georg............08:43:58

What a race it is for top spot for the women. Linsey Corbin has a lead of just 300 meters(1:07) at the 35k mark. It could turn out that a perfect race strategy by Erik Csomor will be the deciding factor as she has slowly worn away at Corbin’s lead over the last 20k.

But Linsey is a tough athlete and will not give up the lead easily. It all depends who has the most left in the tank for the last two kilometers.

It looks like Linsey Corbin had a kick left and she is the winner of Ironman Austria 2012 for the pro women in a time of 09:10:01. Erika Csomor finishes 2nd with a time of 2:12:09.

It will be a close race for the final spot on the podium as Michaela Rudolf and Dana Wagner are just 15 seconds apart with 6k to go.

In the final two kilometers it is Michaela Rudolf taking third place from Dana Wagner and she completes the podium for the pro women with a time of 09:44:37. Dana Wagner is third in 9:46:10.

TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN

Corbin, Linsey...................09:09:58
Csomor, Erika....................09:12:09
Rudolf, Michaela.................09:44:37
Wagner, Dana.....................09:46:10
Fürnkranz, Simone................10:09:53

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