World Ironman Champ Pete Jacobs leads Aussie assault at Ironman Frankfurt


Ironman Frankfurt, the European Ironman Championship, takes place this forthcoming weekend in Frankfurt-Sparkasse, Germany. The second of three regional Ironman championships and one of Europe’s biggest Iron-distance events, Frankfurt will offer 4000 KPR points for the victor and a total price purse of US$125,000. As a result, some 95 professionals -including a number of Kona contenders- will be toeing the line, eager to take home a good paycheck and valuable KPR points ahead of the first round of selections.

The men’s race is shaping up to be an absolute corker. Australian Pete Jacobs, the 2012 Ironman World Champion, will be looking for a solid race he moves into the business-end of the season.

Pete Jacobs found a bit of inspiration on the Ironman Austria course last week

Pete Jacobs found a bit of inspiration on the Ironman Austria course last week. Photo: Pete Jacobs’ Facebook

Jacobs has been very busy since winning the World Title in October, with a number of appearances and media commitments added to his schedule. In his return to racing, Jacobs placed 8th at Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and 4th at Ironman 70.3 Cairns. Once again, Jacobs is positive and is again embracing the love which fueled his Hawaiian victory.

After taking ninth in his first crack in Kona, 2012 Ironman Cairns champion Dave Dellow will be a strong contender. He is coming in under the radar a little and will use that to his advantage. A former ITU athlete with speed to burn, Dellow is capable of a very fast swim and has shown he has the strength to run a very solid marathon after taking our Ironman Cairns with a closing 2:48 marathon. Sitting at 45th on the KPR, Dellow will undoubtedly be looking to make up for a slow start to the year after a minor hip injury, and nail a good performance to see him through to the start line in Hawaii for another crack.

Another fast young Aussie, Chris Kemp, has taken time out from his paper-route to make his first Ironman start. Kempy, as he is affectionately known, had a stellar Australian season which included wins at the Asia-Pacific Ironman 70.3 Championships in Auckland, and the Geelong Long-Course against a world-class field.

The European charge will be lead by defending champion Marino Vanhoenacker, who claimed the 2012 title in 8:03 after riding away from über-cyclist Sebastien Kienle. We can expect these two powerhouse riders to try and break away from the rest of the field on the bike, as they did here twelve months ago and repeated in Kona last October. Pete Jacobs, however, won’t be so easily shaken. In winning the World Championship he came into T2 in second position after a dominating bike ride, showing he’s got more than a single card in his hand.

David Dellow running to 9th on debut in Hawaii, 2012. Photo: Team TBB

Spaniard Eneko Llanos will also be hungry for another big win after taking out Vanhoenacker and Craig Alexander in tough conditions earlier this year at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Melbourne, and the second-place behind Freddy Van Lierd at the Abu Dhabi Triathlon in February. Also flying the Spanish flag will be former ITU superstar and professional cyclist Ivan Rana who won on debut in emphatic fashion at Ironman Cozumel in November 2012 against a strong field.

The darkhorse will be former Ironman 70.3 World Champion Michael Raelert. Raelert has struggled over the 226km distance, and will look to emulate older brother Andreas after his win in Austria last weekend.

With defending champion Caroline ‘Xena’ Steffen not racing, the women’s title will be in new hands come Sunday.

Albury-native Rebekah Keat was set to race in Frankfurt, but as TriZone Women has reported, Keat has suffered an inflamed tendon and won’t be on the start line this Sunday.  After a strong second placing on a tough day in Busso back in December, Keat has been working hard in Boulder, Colarado, with coach Siri Lindley since April to be strong for the latter part of the season. After 13th place at the 2012 Ironman World Championships and 2nd in Bussleton, Keat may have enough KPR points to see her through qualification. We’ll hopefully soon see Keat back in the form which made her one of the fastest-ever women over the Iron-distance.

Kristy Hallett racing in the 2011 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii as an Age- Grouper Photo: Kristy Hallett's Twitter @justgofasterkk

Kristy Hallett racing in the 2011 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii as an Age- Grouper Photo: Kristy Hallett’s Twitter @justgofasterkk

With Keat’s withdrawal, Kristy Hallett will be the sole Australian in the women’s field. Hallett finished 16th at Ironman Melbourne earlier this year, in her debut Ironman as a professional. Hallett has had some good results including a podium at Yeppoon 70.3 in 2012, and sixth place at both Port Mac 70.3 and Cairns 70.3.Looking to keep the title on European soil will be a number of class athletes, including 2012 runner-up Anja Beranek and former Ironman 70.3 World Champion Jodie Swallow who will be looking to go one up on her Ironman South Africa second-place. Swallow has the skill set to challenge for the win, and has likely learned a lot since her debut in South Africa. There are a number of other Ironman title holders in the field including the likes of Camilla Pedersen, Liz Lyles, Kristin Moller and Sofie Goos who will all be hungry for a big performance.

All-in-all, the women’s race promises to be close and fast – one of the best of the year.


– Steve Crossman (@crosso_s)





Men’s Start List:

Athlete Bib Country
1 Marino Vanhoenacker 1 BEL (Belgium)
2 Pete Jacobs 2 AUS (Australia)
3 Sebastian Kienle 3 GBR (Great Britain)
4 Michael Raelert 4 GER (Germany)
5 Daniel Unger 5 GER (Germany)
6 Eneko Llanos 6 ESP (Spain)
7 Andi Böcherer 7 GER (Germany)
8 Michael Göhner 8 GER (Germany)
9 Thomas Hellriegel 9 GER (Germany)
10 Stephan Vuckovic 10 GER (Germany)
11 Uwe Widmann 11 GER (Germany)
12 Dominik Berger 12 AUT (Austria)
13 Martin cain 13 GBR (Great Britain)
14 Fraser Cartmell 14 GBR (Great Britain)
15 Victor Debil-Caux 16 FRA (France)
16 Bas Diederen 17 NED (Netherlands)
17 Raul Furtado 18 BRA (Brazil)
18 Pedro Gomes 19 POR (Portugal)
19 Daniel Halksworth 20 GBR (Great Britain)
20 Paul Hawkins 21 GBR (Great Britain)
21 Bert Jammaer 22 BEL (Belgium)
22 Christian Kemp 24 AUS (Australia)
23 Stanislav Krylov 25 RUS (Russia)
24 Le Guellec Ludovic 26 FRA (France)
25 Yves Moubayed 27 GER (Germany)
26 Mathias Nagel 28 GER (Germany)
27 Stefano Paoli 30 ITA (Italy)
28 Pascal Richter 31 GER (Germany)
29 Sylvain ROTA 32 FRA (France)
30 Mike Schifferle 33 SUI (Switzerland)
31 Rinalds Sluckis 34 LAT (Latvia)
32 Josef Svoboda 35 CZE (Czech Republic)
33 MOISES VIDAL 36 ESP (Spain)
34 Harry Wiltshire 37 GBR (Great Britain)
35 Manuel Wyss 38 SUI (Switzerland)
36 Axel Zeebroek 39 BEL (Belgium)
37 Paul Amey 40 GBR (Great Britain)
38 Nicolai Baumann 42 GER (Germany)
39 Anton Blokhin 43 UKR (Ukraine)
40 Jarda BRYNDA 44 AUS (Australia)
41 Ivan Rana 45 ESP (Spain)
42 David Dellow 46 AUS (Australia)
43 Xavier Diepart 47 BEL (Belgium)
44 Karol Dzalaj 48 SVK (Slovakia)
45 Marc Hages 49 GER (Germany)
46 Nicolas HEMET 50 FRA (France)
47 Per Bittner 91 GER (Germany)
48 Ivan Kharin 92 RUS (Russia)
49 Maxim Kriat 93 RUS (Russia)
50 Michael Louys 94 BEL (Belgium)
51 Andrey Lyatskiy 95 RUS (Russia)
52 Alejandro Santamaria 96 ESP (Spain)
53 Jan Raphael 97 GER (Germany)
54 Henrik Oftedal 98 NOR (Norway)
55 Stefan Eichheimer 99 GER (Germany)
56 Joni Pinosto 100 FIN (Finland)
57 Alfred Rahm 114 GER (Germany)
58 Christian Ritter 115 GER (Germany)
59 Reto Stutz 116 SUI (Switzerland)
60 Swen Sundberg 117 GER (Germany)
61 Georg Swoboda 118 AUT (Austria)
62 CYRIL VIENNOT 119 FRA (France)
63 Remmert Wielinga 120 NED (Netherlands)


Women’s Start List:

Last Name First Name

Bib Number



Beranek Anja


GER (Germany)


Keat Rebekah


AUS (Australia)


Reed Lucie


CZE (Czech Republic)


Riesler Diana


GER (Germany)


Bohn Julia


GER (Germany)


Braendli Simone


SUI (Switzerland)


Carritt Joanna


GBR (Great Britain)


Ferreira Amber


USA (United States)


goos Sofie


BEL (Belgium)


Grossrieder Monique


SUI (Switzerland)


Hallett Kristy


AUS (Australia)


Hufe Mareen


GER (Germany)


LaMacchia Leslie


USA (United States)


Lemeseva Maria


RUS (Russia)


Lie Kristin


NOR (Norway)


Lyles Elizabeth


USA (United States)


Nyström Eva


SWE (Sweden)


Pekerman Nina


ISR (Israel)


Rohrbach Regula


SUI (Switzerland)


Sämmler Daniela


GER (Germany)


Schmitt Natascha


GER (Germany)




JPN (Japan)


Van Rooijen Carla


NED (Netherlands)


Weerd Mirjam


NED (Netherlands)


Woysch Nicole


GER (Germany)


Felt Silvia


GER (Germany)




GER (Germany)


Pedersen Camilla


DEN (Denmark)


Swallow Jodie


GBR (Great Britain)


Tanaka Keiko


JPN (Japan)


Wernick Charisa


USA (United States)


Blatt Susan


GER (Germany)



The author didnt add any Information to his profile yet