Ironman Frankfurt results 2012

Ironman Frankfurt results 2012. Ironman Frankfurt 2012 quickly shaped up to be the most anticipated WTC Ironman event in the 2012 season up to this point.

That distinction might have gone to Ironman France until Lance Armstrong was barred from competing in the race due to ongoing drug charges stemming from his years in the Tour de France.

Anyway, that topic has been beat to death and regardless of the outcome concerning Lance, whatever will be will be and hopefully justice is done regardless of the outcome.

On Sunday July 8, 2012 the spot-light should and will be shining down on Frankfurt, Germany and some of the finest pro male and female Ironman triathletes in the world.
2012 Ironman Frankfurt results
First a bit about the course and the event itself.

IRONMAN FRANKFURT 2012 COURSE, FACTS, AND STATS

First of all, it’s expected that over 2500 triathletes from over 50 countries will be taking on the challenge of the Ironman Frankfurt course. It is also designated as the Ironman European Championships.

The start list includes Finland’s Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade, Alexander Stubb who posted a 10:35 finish time in Ironman Frankfurt 2009.

It’s a huge field of pros with over 55 of them slated to be at the start line on race-day.

Gerhard Niessner is the oldest competitor and Till Jarzcyk is the youngest and their ages are 71 and 19 respectively.

THE IRONMAN FRANKFURT SWIM takes place in the Langener Waldsee, a lake just south of Frankfurt. It is a two-lap course with a short run between the two laps.

The best part about the swim is that it is very spectator friendly and the triathletes will be getting plenty of support.

The IRONMAN FRANKFURT BIKE COURSE is also a two-loop affair that travels through Frankfurt and the surrounding country-side.

There are several parts of the bike course where many spectators normally congregate and provide a unique atmosphere to the bike as the triathletes make their way up a steep incline.

The IRONMAN FRANKFURT RUN COURSE is spectacular. Not only does it follow along the River “Main” in the shadow of the Frankfurt skyline, it is also flat and fast and should provide some exciting battles between the pros on race-day.

SO WHO’S GOING TO WIN?

Well that’s the million dollar question with less than 12 hours to go until the start gun. For the pro men, Marino Vanhoenacker and Andreas Raelert have posted two of the fastest times ever recorded for the Ironman distance.

Not only does Vanhoenacker have nine Ironman wins to his credit, he also set a WTC Ironman Triathlon record with a finish time of 7:45:58 in Ironman Austria 2011.

Just one week later Andreas Raelert posted a long distance triathlon time of 7:41:33 in a non-sanctioned WTC event.

Abel Torsten, Paul Amey and Sebastian Kienle are also legitimate podium contenders on their best effort.

Regardless of the outcome it should be a great race.

PRO MEN-

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Abel Torsten
Alonso-McKernan	Clemente
Amey Paul
Billeau	Simon
Bischof	Marcel
Brynda	Jarda
Chabaud	François
Donnelly Sean
Elgezabal Mikel
Grigoryev Alexander
Hages Marc-Andre
Hempel Hannes
Israel Todd
Jurkiewiecz Jérémy 
Kharin Ivan
Kienle Sebastian
Lyatskiy Andrey
Nemcik Marek
Nishiuchi Hiroyuki
Osborne	Steve
Paoli Stefano
Pinosto	Joni
Poulat Stephane
Raelert Andreas
Rahm Alfred
Raphael	Jan
Reichel	Horst
Santamaria Alejandro
Schifferle Mike
Schmid	Stefan
Shinozaki Yu
Thomschke Markus
Van der Meer Edo
Vanhoenacker Marino
Vuckovic Stephan
Wetzel Michael
Widmann	Uwe
Wyss Manuel2012

The race for top spot among the pro women is no less intriguing. Caroline Steffen will no doubt be pegged as the pre-race favorite as she is not only the defending champion, but she is also in fine form.

Caroline was spectacular in winning Ironman Melbourne 2012 in a time of 8:34:01. In that race she managed a 3:01 marathon split and she might be hard to beat if she is anywhere near the front of the pack leaving the bike/run transition area on Ironman Frankfurt race-day.

However there are several top contenders in the race who will give last years champion a run for her money.

If Yvonne Van Vlerken finds her past form she could challenge for a podium spot. Nikki Butterfield will most likely be close to the leaders after the bike but the main question might be her run endurance when it comes to the marathon distance.

Heather Wurtelle is entered in the race, but was also entered in the recent Ironman Coeur d’Alene 2012 and although she did not manage to finish the entire run it may have taken too much out of her to allow for here best effort in Frankfurt.

The biggest challenge of all just might come from Sophie Goos who comes off a win in Ironman Brazil 2012.

PRO WOMEN-

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Caroline Steffen           
Yvonne Van Vlerken    
Anja Beranek               
Susan Dietrich             
Rebekka Eßmüller        
Sofie Goos                   
Fernanda Keller           
Venla Koivula              
Carmilla Larsson          
Maki Nishiuchi            
Nina Pekeman            
Nikki Butterfield             
Jacqui Gordon             
Mareen Hufe                
Amanda Stevens         
Francesca Tibaldi       
Corinne Abraham        
Heather Wurtele           
Kristin Möller

RACE DAY

The race is underway and at the 2.1 mile mark in the swim it was age-group athlete Bart Colpaert of Belgium who was leading the way. For the pro women it was Amanda Stevens in front.

TOP FIVE MEN AT 2.1k

Colpaert Bart..................00:23:53
Jurkiewicz Jérémy..............00:23:54  
Poulat Stephane................00:23:5
Raelert Andreas................00:23:58
Alonso-McKernan Clemente.......00:23:59

TOP FIVE WOMEN AT 2.1k

Stevens Amanda................00:25:56
Beranek Anja..................00:25:56
Steffen Caroline..............00:26:14
Wurtele Heather...............00:27:05
Goos Sofie....................00:27:48

Less than one minute separated the first nine men as they exited the swim.

TOP TEN MEN IN THE SWIM

Poulat Stephane................00:44:15
Colpaert Bart..................00:44:17
JURKIEWICZ Jérémy..............00:44:18
Raelert Andreas................00:44:20
Raphael Jan....................00:44:21
Alonso-McKernan Clemente.......00:44:22
Donnelly Sean..................00:44:46
Vanhoenacker Marino............00:45:07
Van der Meer Edo...............00:45:08
Knoepke Daniel.................00:46:02

Amanda Stevens had a great swim and was 8th over-all and finished just in front of Marino Vanhoenacker. The pro women swim times were much more spread out than the men.

TOP TEN WOMEN IN THE SWIM

Stevens Amanda.................00:45:04
Beranek Anja...................00:48:39
Steffen Caroline...............00:48:58
Wurtele Heather................00:50:56
Goos Sofie.....................00:52:04
Nishiuchi Maki.................00:52:29
Butterfield Nikki..............00:52:35
Saban Zeljka...................00:52:38
Dietrich Susan.................00:52:47
Pekerman Nina..................00:52:48

If the times are correct the 45:04 swim time by Amanda Stevens would be a new Ironman Triathlon swim record for women. However it will most likely be Caroline Stephen in the lead by the time the bike leg is over.

It didn’t take long for Andreas Raelert to put his stamp on the race. Before the 15k mark he worked his way to the front. His main adversary, Marina Vanhoenacker was riding just over a minute back in 7th place.

At the 20k mark Vanhoenacker was still a minute back of a group of six who were riding together at the front.

It is certainly building up to be quite the race as all the major players in the men’s race are riding together at the front by the half-way point of the bike.

TOP FIVE PRO MEN AT 90K

2012 Ironman Frankfurt results

Last year Dede Griesbauer crashed on a wet Frankfurt bike course and is just returning to racing in Ironman 70.3 Providence Rhode Island today. Best of luck to Dede!!

Raphael Jan..................02:55:11
Kienle Sebastian.............02:55:13
Vanhoenacker Marino..........02:55:14
Raelert Andreas..............02:55:34
Poulat Stephane..............02:55:52

For the women it is Caroline Steffen riding with Anja Beranek from Germany. They have a huge lead of over six minutes on Amanda Stevens who is riding alone in third.

It’s a bit of a surprise not seeing Nikki Butterfield in the mix, so it appears she must have run into some problems out on the bike course. No word from race monitors on the subject.

TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN AT 90K

Steffen Caroline.................03:09:44
Beranek Anja.....................03:09:51
Stevens Amanda...................03:15:46
Dietrich Susan...................03:18:06
Goos Sofie.......................03:18:10

By 116k the race was beginning to take on a new look as Sebastian Kienle and Marino Vanhoenacker have made a break from the pack. They are 1:20 ahead of Jan Raphael who is riding alone in third and more importantly, over 1:30 ahead of Andreas Raelert who is currently in 4th place.

At 128k the split between the leading pair has grown to over three minutes over Raelert.

On the women’s side Caroline Steffen appears ready to make her more and is pulling away from Anja Beranek.

Marino Vanhoenacker is having a sensational race as he is the first one on the marathon course with a three-minute lead on Kienle and a twelve-minute lead on Andreas Raelert who has slipped to fifth place.

TOP SIX MEN OUT OF TRANSITION TWO

Vanhoenacker Marino...................05:15:12
Kienle Sebastian......................05:18:17
Raphael Jan...........................05:26:15
Poulat Stephane.......................05:26:17
Raelert Andreas.......................05:27:22
Alonso-McKernan Clemente..............05:28:54

Caroline Steffen has just left the bike/run transition all alone in first place and appears to be settling into the run quite nicely.

2012 ironman Frankfurt results

Vanhoenacker celebrating world record winning time in Ironman Austria 2011-Google file image


The second place woman is just leaving the change tent and it’s still Anja Beranek having a great race in second place about three minutes back of Steffen.

Marino Vanhoenacker looks great at the 5k mark and has not relinquished any of his lead up to this point.

It’s going to take some doing to catch the two pro leaders Vanhoenacker and Steffen on the marathon course today, but plenty can happen in 26 miles.

PRO MEN AT THE 10K MARK OF RUN

Vanhoenacker Marino...................05:55:35
Kienle Sebastian......................05:58:07
Raphael Jan...........................06:04:55
Raelert Andreas.......................06:07:45
Poulat Stephane.......................06:07:46
Alonso-McKernan Clemente..............06:08:26

At the 5k mark for the women it is still Caroline Steffen leading Anja Beraneck, but the lead has come down a bit and it is now 2:11.

It’s like a game of cat-and-mouse as Steffen pulls away again to regain a lead of over 3:30 at the 10.4 mark of the run.

At 13k Andreas Raelert is falling further back and is 13-minutes behind the leader Marino Vanhoenacker. The gap is still 2:30 between Kienle in second place and Vanhoenacker. You can bet the Marino knows exactly where his pursuers are on the course and is doing what he has to in order to maintain his lead.

PRO MEN AT THE 18K MARK OF RUN

Vanhoenacker Marino...................06:23:26
Kienle Sebastian......................06:25:44
Raphael Jan...........................06:33:41
Alonso-McKernan Clemente..............06:36:05
Raelert Andreas.......................06:37:03

The cameras are following Andreas Raelert all over the course but he is over 13-minutes down on the leader.

At the 24k mark Vanhoenacker is showing no signs of slowing down and is stretching out his lead once again to over three minutes on Kienle who is solidly entrenched in second spot.

PRO MEN AT THE 22K MARK OF RUN

Vanhoenacker Marino..................06:43:11
Kienle Sebastian.....................06:46:07
Raphael Jan..........................06:55:15
Alonso-McKernan Clemente.............06:55:31
Raelert Andreas......................06:57:07
Poulat Stephane......................06:59:09

Wow! Caroline Stephen is certainly living up to her top billing. At the 15k mark of the run her lead has grown to over five minutes on Beranek.

2012 Ironman Frankfurt results

A favorite image of Caroline Steffen-Google file image


It really seems like we are looking at our two pro winners of Ironman Frankfurt 2012 unless one of them hits the wall, but they both appear to be running stronger as the run progresses.

Much of the racing of the day may be for the final podium spot for both the men and the women. There are valuable Kona Ranking Points at stake as Ironman Hawaii gets closer and closer. There is also increased prize money as this is the European Championships.

Vanhoenacker and Steffen are on their way to a $25,000 pay day.

The latest update has Sophie Goos moving into third place for the women and Clemente Alonso into third for the men.

Andreas Raelert is still far back and may be out of the running for third place as he is apparently dealing with some stomach issues.

According to the running time posted at the 28k mark for Vanhoenacker, he is on course to break the course record of 7:59:15 that is currently held by Timo Bracht.

Caroline Steffen is also on pace to set a new course record as she continues to stretch out her lead over Beranek. At 18k it has grown to over six minutes and by 34.3k it is still 5:44.

These are amazing performances by two pros who are sure to be a force in the 2012 running of the World Championships in Kona, Hawaii.

PRO MEN AT THE 31.2K MARK OF RUN

Vanhoenacker Marino..................07:17:55
Kienle Sebastian.....................07:22:32
Alonso-McKernan Clemente.............07:29:44
Raphael Jan..........................07:31:54
Raelert Andreas......................07:34:18
Jurkiewicz Jérémy....................07:38:23

Andreas Raelert is having all kinds of problems at this point and will not be a factor for a podium position as things stand heading into the final quarter of the marathon.

You just never know what is going to happen in an Ironman Triathlon and that in itself is one of the things that makes this such a great event, regardless if you are a top pro or an age-grouper trying to reach the finish line for the first time.

By the way, be sure to check out the age-group results as a page will be posted for the top five in each category on IronStruck.com as they begin to come in through-out the day.

I’m sure there were many people who wondered why Marino did not show up at Ironman Austria 2012 to go for his 7th title, but now it’s clear why he was not there. It was far more lucrative to go after the European Championship in Frankfurt and besides, he had little left to prove in Austria having set the Ironman world record on that course in 2011.

What can you say about Caroline Steffen. She is such a force. But what a race for the final spot on the podium.

PRO WOMEN AT THE 22.6k MARK OF RUN

Steffen Caroline.....................07:23:59
Beranek Anja.........................07:31:19
Goos Sofie...........................07:48:39
Dietrich Susan.......................07:48:44

The course record will not be broken today as Marino Vanhoenacker nears the finish line as the eight hour mark passes by.

Vanhoenacker wins the race in an offical time of 8:03:37.

What a great race for Sebastian Kienle who finishes in second spot with a time of 8:09:55.

Clemente Alonso-McKernan took the final podium spot and Andreas Raelert like a true champion never quit and took fourth spot in the final kilometer.

TOP TWENTY PRO MEN AT THE FINISH

Vanhoenacker Marino..................08:03:31
Kienle Sebastian.....................08:09:55
Alonso-McKernan Clemente.............08:14:04
Raelert Andreas......................08:17:36
Raphael Jan..........................08:18:17
Jurkiewicz Jérémy....................08:23:24
Vuckovic Stephan.....................08:31:37
Widmann Uwe..........................08:37:40
Santamaria Alejandro.................08:38:45
Colpaert Bart........................08:40:18
Lyatskiy Andrey......................08:41:49
Schmid Stefan........................08:44:49
Schifferle Mike......................08:45:12
Van der Meer Edo.....................08:49:50
Knoepke Daniel.......................08:51:05
Grigoryev Alexander..................08:52:52
Küfner Sebastian.....................08:53:20
Kunath Sven..........................08:53:59
Bischof Marcel.......................08:54:57

At last report Caroline Steffen was still far out in front and had a shot at a new course record, but by all reports it is getting pretty hot out on the marathon course so time will tell.

PRO WOMEN AT THE 33k MARK OF RUN

Steffen Caroline.....................08:11:20
Beranek Anja.........................08:21:58
Dietrich Susan.......................08:39:08
Abraham Corinne......................08:39:53
Goos Sofie...........................08:40:58

Caroline Steffen is the winner of Ironman Frankfurt 2012 with a finish time of 8:52:33 and just missed the course record of 8:51:25 set by Chrissie Wellington.

Anja Beranek finished in second spot with a time of 9:05:41.

TOP NINE PRO WOMEN AT THE FINISH

Steffen Caroline.....................8:52:33
Beranek Anja.........................09:05:41
Abraham Corinne......................09:21:03
Dietrich Susan.......................09:22:07
Goos Sofie...........................09:28:03
Hufe Mareen..........................09:31:32
Stevens Amanda.......................09:33:10
Wurtele Heather......................09:42:10
Möller Kristin.......................09:43:48

For a look at the top five in each age-group category, visit Ironman Frankfurt age-group results 2012 right here on IronStruck.

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