Ironman Switzerland results 2012

Ironman Switzerland results 2012. For the 16th time triathletes from around the world will answer the starting gun that signals the swim start of Ironman Switerland. The 2012 version takes place Sunday, July 15th.

There is $75,000 in prize money available to be won and it will be distributed among the first eight pro men and women to cross the finish line.

Even more importantly to some perhaps is the Kona Ranking Points as Ironman Hawaii 2012 and the World Championships are getting closer and closer.

2012 Ironman Switzerland results

Zurich is the host city for the 16th edition of Ironman Switzerland.

THE COURSE

Ironman Switzerland 2012 begins with a two-lap swim in Lake Zurich and this is truly one of the most picturesque swim venues in the world of Ironman.

There is a single transition area and once the 2.4 mile swim is completed the athletes will take to their bikes and tackle the two-loop bike course.

The biggest climb is near the 60k mark and the cyclists will get to do it twice. It’s a course that leans towards favoring the “climbers” as opposed to those who prefer flat, fast bike courses. As always, challenging hills tend to level the playing field.

The run is four loops and will offer the triathletes plenty of spectator support as they make their way through the 26.2 marathon. There are quite a few turns on the course, but it is relatively flat and fast.

WHO WILL WIN?

At first glance there are a few names that tend to jump out of the male pro entries and they were both on the podium in Ironman Switzerland 2011.

Ronnie Schildknecht won the 2011 race with a time of 8:19:51. Mathias Hecht was caught in the late stages of the marathon by Clemente Alonso-Mckernan of Spain but hung on for third place.

It seems that these two male pros will be battling it out once again with the edge going to Schildknecht to defend his title on the strength of his five Ironman Switzerland victories in a row.

Balazs Csoke and Stefan Riesen could well make the podium on their best effort.

PRO MEN

tentative

Ronnie Schildknecht
Mathias Hecht 
Sergio Marques 
Andrey Lyatskiy 
Mike Schifferle 
Eneko Elosegui
Fabian Conrad 
Andreas Wolpert 
Manuel Küng 
Ludovic Le Guellec 
Nikolaus Wihlidal 
Marek Nemcik 
Erich Kunz  
Ueli Bieler 
Daniel Pernold 
Jan Van Berkel 
Stefan Riesen 
Rafael Wyss
Kyle Marcotte 
Daniel Halksworth 
Balazs Csoke 
Alejandro Santamaria
José Jeuland 
Remy Vasseur 
Gabriele Mazzetta 
Craig Twigg 
Max Renko 
Scott DeFilippis 
Daniel Müller 
Mario Fink 
Trevor Delsaut 
Matjaz Kovac 
Christian Brader
Michael Wetzel 

There are several pro women entered in Ironman Switzeralnd 2012 who are capable of winning.

Nikki Butterfield showed what she is capable of when she took first place for the pro women in the Abu Dhabi 2012 triathlon.

Dr. Amanda Stevens led after the bike in Ironman 70.3 Florida and hung on for third place against a very strong field.

Erika Csomor had a very strong race in Ironman Austria 2012 and narrowly missed winning and finished second with a time of 9:12:09.

PRO WOMEN

tentative

Anne Basso
Bella Bayliss
Simone Brändli
Nikki Butterfield
Erika Csomor
Conny Dauben
Christine Hemphill
Stephanie Jones
Kelly-Lynn Marcotte
Katja Rabe----------***did not start
Regula Rohrbach
Carla Stampfli
Amanda Stevens------***Did not start***
Barbara Tesar

For those of you have not read Chrissie Wellington’s book “A Life Without Limits” Ironman Switzerland was the first Ironman she witnessed as a spectator and it was then that she became “Ironstruck” and was bitten by the Ironman bug and the rest as they say, is history.

Drop by IronStruck.com on race-day, Sunday July 15, 2012 for updates on the race and final results as they are posted.

RACE DAY

Reports of weather conditions in Zurich for race-day forecast temperatures in the 22-24 degree Celsius range and should make for a great day of racing as the triathletes get set for the swim start.

Twenty-one minutes into the swim a group of five pro men have begun to create a gap over the rest of the field.

Küng Manuel................00:23:56
Van Berkel.................00:23:58
Halksworth Daniel..........00:24:02
Hecht Mathias..............00:24:04
Csoke Balazs...............00:24:07

Pre-race favorite Ronnie Schildknecht is two minutes off the pace at 26:52.

For the pro women it’s Simone Brändli and Carla Stampfli with a two-minute lead over Kelly-Lynn Marcotte and Bella Bayliss who are third and fourth. Erika Csomor and Nikki Butterfield are four minutes off the pace.

The top five men into the swim/bike transition remained in the same order as they were at half-way into the swim. Manuel Kung was the first one onto the bike course.

TOP TEN PRO MEN-SWIM

Küng Manuel................00:49:42
Van Berkel.................00:49:46
Halksworth Daniel..........00:50:19
Hecht Mathias..............00:50:24
Csoke Balazs...............00:50:25
Müller Daniel..............00:55:17
Wihlidal Nikolaus..........00:55:33
Vasseur Remy...............00:55:36

The fastest female swimmer out of the water was age-grouper Hanneke de Boer from the Netherlands who posted a 54:10 swim.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN-SWIM

Brändli Simone..............00:55:27
Stampfli Carla..............00:55:33
Marcotte Kelly-Lynn.........00:59:16
Bayliss Bella...............00:59:45
Basso Anne..................01:02:03
Rohrbach Regula.............01:02:11
Csomor Erika................01:02:12
Butterfield Nikki...........01:03:22
Tesar Barbara...............01:07:46
Jones Stephanie.............01:08:20

Early on in the bike it is rookie Ironman pro Jan van Berkel leading the way. At 35k Mathias Hecht is is second place and 56 seconds behind the leader.

At 35k it is Simone Brändli Simone in front of Hanneke De Boer. Bella Byliss, Erika Csomor, and Mikki Butterfield are sixth, seventh, and eight and over five minutes off the pace.

The race takes on a whole new look as the kilometers pass by and at the 85k mark Simone Brandli is still at the front but all the pre-race favorites are edging closer and have moved up in the pack.

PRO WOMEN AT 85K

Brändli Simone..................03:19:07
Rohrbach Regula.................03:19:46
Csomor Erika....................03:24:53
Bayliss Bella...................03:24:55
Butterfield Nikki...............03:25:33
De boer Hanneke.................03:25:39
Weber Simone....................03:26:47
Kusch Anna......................03:30:28
Tesar Barbara...................03:30:33
Marcotte Kelly-Lynn.............03:32:57

Jan Van Berkel is clinging to the lead past the half-way point in the bike for the men and everyone is closing in and most likely will pounce very soon.

2012 Ironman Switzerland results

Rookie Ironman Jan van Berkel is having a sensational first race.-Ironman Live image


PRO MEN AT 125K

Van Berkel Jan...................03:58:47
Schildknecht Ronnie..............03:59:02
Hecht Mathias....................03:59:27
Stutz Reto.......................04:05:10
Küng Manuel......................04:09:39
Halksworth Daniel................04:09:47
Csoke Balazs.....................04:11:30
Erat Pablo.......................04:12:10
Marques Sergio...................04:16:41
1Schifferle Mike.................04:16:42

At the 150k mark Ronnie Schildknecht has finally made it to the front and is almost five minutes ahead of the other pre-race favorite Mathias Hecht. Jan Van Berkel is close behind in third spot.

Talk about putting your stamp on a race. By the time Schildknecht gets to the bike/run transition he is a full ten minutes in front of the nearest competitor. Jan Van Berkel is clinging to second spot and Mathias Hecht is right behind him.

TOP 10 MEN AT BIKE FINISH

Schildknecht Ronnie.................05:24:20
Van Berkel Jan......................05:34:06
Hecht Mathias.......................05:34:40
Stutz Reto..........................05:36:30
Halksworth Daniel...................05:47:12
Erat Pablo..........................05:47:39
Küng Manuel.........................05:48:39
Csoke Balazs........................05:50:00
Wyss Rafael.........................05:50:18
Marques Sergio......................05:50:56

Rookie Ironman Jan Van Berkel is having a great race as he pulls away from Mathias Hecht early in the run and is in second with a cushion of over two minutes, but still over ten minutes behind Schildknecht the leader who is setting down a torrid pace on the run course.

The lead pro women should be reaching transition soon and it will be a much closer race for top spot on the podium one would think.

TOP 10 WOMEN AT BIKE FINISH

 
Brändli Simone.......................06:05:00
Rohrbach Regula......................06:07:07
Bayliss Bella........................06:07:08
Csomor Erika.........................06:07:08
Butterfield Nikki....................06:08:00

Unfortunately my other pick(along with Erika Csomor and Nikki Butterfield)for podium spots– Dr. Amanda Stevens– is not racing today.

As I sort of expected it is shaping up to be a tighter race for the women and it would be a surprise to see Simone Brandli maintain the lead for much longer. Both Butterfield and Csomor begin to close in on her early in the race for the pro women as they cross through the 3k mark.

TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN AT 5K

Csomor Erika.........................06:29:56
Brändli Simone.......................06:30:09
Butterfield Nikki....................06:30:31
Bayliss Bella........................06:31:08
Rohrbach Regula......................06:31:16

TOP FIVE PRO MEN AT 10K

Schildknecht Ronnie...................06:06:05
Van Berkel Jan........................06:16:17
Hecht Mathias.........................06:20:36
Stutz Reto............................06:26:47
Halksworth Daniel.....................06:31:32

TOP FIVE PRO WOMEN AT 10K

Csomor Erika.........................06:54:35
Butterfield Nikki....................06:55:44
Bayliss Bella........................06:56:04
Brändli Simone...................... 06:56:21
Rohrbach Regula......................06:57:08

Ronnie Schildknecht is flying out on the marathon course and ran the first half in 1:22:17. Reports from course spotters say that it is getting pretty hot out there so it would make sense that the second half of his marathon will be much slower.

Jan van Berkel ran even faster with a 1:21:07 half-marathon as he tries to fend off Mathias Hecht and hold on to second place.

2012 ironman switzerland results

Ronnie Schildknecht on his way to Ironman Switzerland win #6. image by finisherpix

The Ironman Switzerland course record of 8:12:27 was set in 2000 by Oliver Bernhard and might be in jeopardy if Ronnie Schildknecht can keep from fading too much as he goes into the last of four marathon laps. It will be a tough challenge as the weather is not all that great with strong winds slowing down the runners.

Jan van Berkel is still in second place and is down to the last 10k with a ten minute lead over Mathias Heckt. He is having a sensational race and the Ironman world could be hearing a lot from him over the coming years.

For the women it is Erika Csomor, Bella Bayliss, and Nikki Butterfield in the top three spots. The lead is 3:30 for Csomor.

Ronnie Schildknecht is the winner of Ironman Switzerland 2012 with a winning time of 8:17:13.

TOP TEN PRO MEN

Schildknecht, Ronnie..............08:17:13
Van Berkel, Jan...................08:32:27
Hecht, Mathias....................08:42:08
Marques, Sergio...................08:43:12
DeFilippis, Scott.................08:46:42
Schifferle, Mike..................08:50:16
Delsaut, Trevor...................08:53:57
Wyss, Rafael......................08:54:33
Conrad, Fabian....................08:57:50
Wetzel, Michael...................09:01:31

Erika Csomor has a lead of almost five minutes at the 35k mark and just has to bring it home. Nikki Butterfield has fallen off the pace and will not make the podium. Bella Bayliss is having a great race and has a three minute lead over Simone Brandli who is running in third.

Erika Csomor is the first pro woman across the Ironman Switzerland 2012 finish line with a time of 09:20:06. Bella Bayliss has an excellent race and finishes second in 09:25:54.

TOP TEN PRO WOMEN

Csomor Erika......................09:20:16
Bayliss Bella.....................09:25:54
Brändli Simone....................09:30:58
Rohrbach Regula...................09:35:10
Grossrieder Monique...............09:55:40
Tesar Barbara.....................09:58:26
Grohmann Katharina................10:00:22
Jones Stephanie...................10:04:55
Weber Simone......................10:09:36
Kusch Anna.......................10:09:53

Visit Ironman Switzerland age-group results right here on IronStruck for the top finishers in each category.

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