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Top Age Group Finishes of the 2013 Ironman World Championship Season

At the very end of last year I compiled a number of lists highlighting the top age group performances of the season. These were fastest times seen at any Ironman race in 2012, but with Kona and for some Kona qualification being the focus of the Ironman season, it makes sense to look at the top performances within a qualification period rather than a calendar year. So I’ve repeated the process ahead of this weekend’s race to look at the fastest finishers on the road to Kona.

To keep things simple I’m only present the top 20 age group times here. However, for those who have the patience to make it to the bottom of this page, I’ve included two PDFs of the top 100 age group times along with the top 50 in each age group.

A final note before the lists begin. Ironman courses and conditions vary and although I am listing athletes ordered by their finish times these may not represent the best comparison of performance. There is a good example this year: Ironman Melbourne. Results from Melbourne dominate the lists and while there are plenty of strong triathletes Down Under this is in part due to the shortened swim which saw many athletes out of the water in under 25 minutes. To handle this particular case I’ve produced tables both with and without the Ironman Melbourne results so readers can decide how they want to view the data. However this highlights how times can be heavily influenced by the course and conditions. These are all fast athletes, their precise order is more open to debate.

Top Male Age Group Splits (No Melbourne)
Name Country Category Race Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Kyle Buckingham South Africa M30-34 South Africa 00:53:00 04:39:00 02:58:40 08:34:35
2 Robert Brundish United Kingdom M30-34 Copenhagen 00:53:49 04:40:32 03:00:20 08:39:51
3 Geert Lauryssen Belgium M30-34 Austria 00:55:08 04:42:10 02:57:14 08:40:55
4 Anders Christensen Denmark M18-24 Copenhagen 00:58:11 04:40:10 02:59:15 08:43:31
5 Marc Unger Germany M25-29 Frankfurt 00:54:50 04:38:22 03:07:10 08:45:10
6 Müller Urs Swaziland M30-34 Austria 00:52:55 00:00:00 02:59:55 08:45:14
7 Liam Dolan Ireland M30-34 Copenhagen 01:07:56 04:32:37 03:00:12 08:45:26
8 Frederik Lewinsky Denmark M30-34 Copenhagen 00:53:48 04:35:31 03:12:28 08:46:10
9 Christian Gross Germany M30-34 Copenhagen 01:02:02 04:39:05 03:02:10 08:48:02
10 Matthias Buxhofer Austria M40-44 Austria 00:59:02 04:35:50 03:07:32 08:48:07
11 Leigh Chapman Australia M30-34 Western Australia 00:49:37 04:46:50 03:07:43 08:48:29
12 Gilian Oriet Switzerland M25-29 Copenhagen 00:54:32 04:43:28 03:03:57 08:49:09
13 Tim Jacobs Belgium M30-34 Frankfurt 00:53:11 04:50:47 02:59:37 08:49:53
14 Jesper Clausen Denmark M40-44 Copenhagen 00:53:07 04:49:01 03:02:33 08:49:58
15 Tony Delogne United States M35-39 Arizona 00:54:19 04:42:43 03:07:36 08:50:21
16 Martin Lawaetz Denmark M30-34 Copenhagen 01:02:26 04:37:48 03:05:14 08:50:35
17 Thomas Lawaetz Denmark M30-34 Copenhagen 01:02:51 04:34:23 03:08:52 08:50:45
18 Nicolas Beyeler Switzerland M35-39 France 00:00:00 05:50:03 08:50:53 08:50:53
19 Gregers Christensen Denmark M25-29 Frankfurt 00:54:16 04:51:55 02:58:19 08:50:58
20 Matthias Knossalla Germany M25-29 Frankfurt 01:03:11 04:40:17 03:02:57 08:51:59
Top Female Age Group Splits (No Melbourne)
Name Country Category Race Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Catherine Faux United Kingdom F25-29 France 00:59:23 05:11:45 03:04:47 09:22:51
2 Manuela Heimerl Germany F30-34 Austria 00:54:48 05:13:13 03:17:35 09:32:09
3 Darbi Roberts United States F25-29 Mont-Tremblant 00:52:29 05:13:34 03:20:49 09:33:05
4 Astrid Ganzow Germany F30-34 Frankfurt 00:56:15 05:01:14 03:30:56 09:33:25
5 Nicole Bretting Germany F40-44 Austria 01:01:12 05:07:16 03:23:40 09:39:35
6 Nina Vabic Germany F30-34 Austria 01:00:59 05:20:44 03:14:14 09:45:22
7 Beate Görtz Germany F40-44 Frankfurt 01:02:06 05:05:28 03:32:26 09:45:26
8 Monique Burger Netherlands F30-34 Copenhagen 01:00:16 05:02:11 03:38:40 09:45:59
9 Christine Heidemann Switzerland F45-49 Florida 01:05:35 04:57:25 03:35:33 09:46:21
10 Sara Tavecchio Italy F40-44 Austria 00:57:45 05:11:58 03:29:21 09:47:08
11 Lillan Sindahl Gl Denmark F40-44 Copenhagen 01:17:36 04:56:41 03:25:27 09:48:04
12 Carolin Lehrieder Germany F18-24 Frankfurt 00:55:43 05:25:39 03:23:22 09:49:46
13 Lucia Thalmann Switzerland F25-29 Florida 01:10:29 05:03:21 03:28:41 09:49:47
14 Hilary Wicks New Zealand F35-39 World Championship 01:02:41 05:16:05 03:25:15 09:50:03
15 Line Foss Norway F35-39 Copenhagen 01:18:22 05:00:19 03:22:49 09:50:09
16 Jessica Fleming Australia F35-39 Australia 01:00:29 05:15:54 03:30:20 09:50:46
17 Sonja Grace Wieck United States F30-34 Brazil 01:01:47 05:08:47 03:34:31 09:50:49
18 Nera Jareb Australia F30-34 Western Australia 01:05:16 05:19:09 03:20:02 09:50:51
19 Danielle Kehoe United States F25-29 World Championship 01:07:30 05:11:26 03:27:32 09:51:07
20 Katrin Esefeld Germany F30-34 Switzerland 01:09:08 05:15:24 03:23:14 09:51:24

All splits are taken from the athlete tracker as are nationalities and age groups. I’ve tried to clean and verify the data to a reasonable extent, but it’s a laborious process and mistakes will have happened. Red rows indicate athletes I’ve managed to identify in the start list for this year’s World Champs. Again I’ve almost certainly missed some.

If I introduce Ironman Melbourne into the mix everything changes.

Top Male Age Group Splits (With Melbourne)
Name Country Category Race Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Olaf Kasten Hong Kong M40-44 Melbourne 00:26:38 04:40:45 03:02:11 08:13:50
2 Barry Lynch Australia M35-39 Melbourne 00:23:14 04:54:04 02:52:30 08:14:57
3 Sam Hume Australia M35-39 Melbourne 00:20:59 04:46:58 03:04:33 08:16:44
4 Aaron Richardson Australia M40-44 Melbourne 00:23:11 04:45:42 03:04:42 08:17:59
5 Brian Fuller Australia M30-34 Melbourne 00:22:37 04:47:41 03:08:41 08:23:33
6 Timothy Smith Australia M25-29 Melbourne 00:25:33 04:45:13 03:08:22 08:24:02
7 Damien Angus Australia M35-39 Melbourne 00:23:37 04:41:09 03:15:56 08:24:47
8 Ryan Cross Australia M30-34 Melbourne 00:24:22 04:50:24 03:06:54 08:26:32
9 Xavier Coppock Australia M35-39 Melbourne 00:25:31 04:42:50 03:15:20 08:27:40
10 Nicholas Souter Australia M30-34 Melbourne 00:24:11 04:50:08 03:10:42 08:29:19
11 Ross Young Australia M35-39 Melbourne 00:24:09 04:47:56 03:12:15 08:29:32
12 Benny Lucas Australia M25-29 Melbourne 00:25:16 04:55:21 03:04:17 08:29:56
13 Robert Wormald Ireland M40-44 Melbourne 00:28:59 04:50:56 03:05:52 08:30:39
14 Jaysen Searle Australia M40-44 Melbourne 00:25:29 04:43:14 03:18:07 08:31:34
15 Andrew Walker Australia M40-44 Melbourne 00:28:15 04:50:03 03:07:39 08:31:43
16 Travis Atkins Australia M35-39 Melbourne 00:26:11 04:51:40 03:10:27 08:33:28
17 Nathan Jessup Australia M40-44 Melbourne 00:26:13 04:53:49 03:08:17 08:33:41
18 Hayden Armstrong Australia M30-34 Melbourne 00:23:45 04:50:28 03:14:34 08:33:51
19 Kyle Buckingham South Africa M30-34 South Africa 00:53:00 04:39:00 02:58:40 08:34:35
20 Craig Kirkwood New Zealand M35-39 Melbourne 00:25:18 04:57:25 03:07:43 08:35:18
Top Female Age Group Splits (With Melbourne)
Name Country Category Race Swim Bike Run Finish
1 Katy Duffield Australia F25-29 Melbourne 00:27:29 05:16:47 03:14:58 09:03:39
2 Janine Willis Canada F35-39 Melbourne 00:26:11 05:06:13 03:29:04 09:05:24
3 Rhiannon Snipe Australia F30-34 Melbourne 00:26:28 05:23:18 03:11:42 09:06:08
4 Felicity Lloyd Australia F30-34 Melbourne 00:27:08 05:08:49 03:28:31 09:10:19
5 Jessica Simpson Australia F25-29 Melbourne 00:26:24 05:18:25 03:29:30 09:18:14
6 Catherine Faux United Kingdom F25-29 France 00:59:23 05:11:45 03:04:47 09:22:51
7 Sarah Grove Australia F30-34 Melbourne 00:28:19 05:10:48 03:37:55 09:23:17
8 Sara Finch Australia F40-44 Melbourne 00:29:44 05:21:50 03:26:16 09:24:06
9 Tracy Douglas Australia F25-29 Melbourne 00:31:50 05:10:37 03:37:07 09:25:43
10 Elizabeth Stretton Australia F35-39 Melbourne 00:27:47 05:27:09 03:26:05 09:26:45
11 Catherine Thiele Australia F35-39 Melbourne 00:26:16 05:20:21 03:35:08 09:27:40
12 Kristine Reid New Zealand F40-44 Melbourne 00:26:21 05:33:50 03:22:01 09:28:34
13 Emma Brown Australia F35-39 Melbourne 00:28:57 05:21:05 03:34:31 09:29:43
14 Anna Francis Australia F30-34 Melbourne 00:23:51 05:17:31 03:45:11 09:31:20
15 Amanda Wilson Australia F25-29 Melbourne 00:28:35 05:31:53 03:24:25 09:32:03
16 Manuela Heimerl Germany F30-34 Austria 00:54:48 05:13:13 03:17:35 09:32:09
17 Carla Lawson Australia F35-39 Melbourne 00:27:41 05:17:51 03:42:29 09:32:39
18 Darbi Roberts United States F25-29 Mont-Tremblant 00:52:29 05:13:34 03:20:49 09:33:05
19 Astrid Ganzow Germany F30-34 Frankfurt 00:56:15 05:01:14 03:30:56 09:33:25
20 Jo Carman Australia F30-34 Melbourne 00:27:44 05:34:00 03:28:02 09:34:19

There’s a distinctly Australian feel to the top twenties after that. Were I to adjust finish times to account for the shorter swim (as I did before) a number of these results would still remain though.

To finish, as promised, two large (500kb) PDFs containing more complete list of the fastest finishers with the top 100 men and women along with the top 50 for each age group.

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