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The Top 10 Ironman Times of 2013

What better way to finish a year of Ironman statistics than with more Ironman statistics? Namely a look at some of the top times – I am carefully avoiding the word performances here – over the last year of races. Sure, I did something similar back in October, during the run up to Kona, but it’s the end of the year and the Internet loves lists. OK, the fastest times don’t tell us much (although they’re great for the people on the lists) as course and conditions are hugely influential. As I said the Internet loves lists.

Which is good as I have a stack of them. As well as the top 10 male and female age group times in each discipline I’ve also provided PDFs containing pro times and individual age groups as well. You’ll find them at the end of this post.

The lists were easier to compile this year – I’ve become much better at cleaning and managing Ironman data. However errors may still slip in. Not only do course and conditions vary between races, but so does the quality of the timing data and it may just be that the apparent über biker simply missed a timing mat. I’ve tried hard to spot these.

That isn’t the only editorial decision I’ve made: I’ve excluded Ironman Melbourne and Cozumel as their shortened swims resulted in unusually fast times. As a result both dominate the swim tables and, in the case of Melbourne, the fastest finishers. So I have chosen to exclude many of the fastest times from these lists of the fastest times. Perhaps I could have adjusted the results for the shortened courses, but then the discussion we’d be having would be whether the adjustments were fair. I kept it simple. I apologise to the – predominantly – Australians and Americans who raced well at either event. I don’t particularly like making arbitrary editorial decisions like these so I’ve also included a version of the PDF incorporating all results below.

On to the lists themselves.

Top 10 Age Group Times of 2013

Top Male Age Group Swim Times of 2013
Place Name Category Country Race Swim Times
1 M18-24 Marcus Duval United States Ironman Louisville 00:44:07
2 M30-34 Rafael Ribeiro Gonçalves Brazil Ironman Brazil 00:44:14
3 M25-29 Fernando Costa Portugal Ironman Louisville 00:45:01
4 M35-39 Jacob Carstensen Denmark Ironman Copenhagen 00:45:28
5 M30-34 Ben Squiers Australia Ironman Australia 00:45:53
6 M30-34 Filipe Pons Brazil Ironman Brazil 00:45:58
7 M35-39 Franck Martin France Ironman Frankfurt 00:46:11
8 M30-34 Rafael Sousa Brazil Ironman Brazil 00:46:13
9 M18-24 Pierre-Marc Doyon Canada Ironman Louisville 00:46:17
10 M35-39 Markus Eugl Austria Ironman Austria 00:47:16
Top Female Age Group Swim Times of 2013
Place Name Category Country Race Swim Times
1 F35-39 Michela Menegon Italy Ironman Austria 00:49:29
2 F35-39 Anne Kuhn Germany Ironman Frankfurt 00:50:51
3 F25-29 Jen Hankins United States Ironman Louisville 00:51:36
4 F30-34 Lisa Delaurentis Australia Ironman Western Australia 00:51:37
5 F30-34 Tanja Adler Germany Ironman Frankfurt 00:51:57
6 F35-39 Meagan Bradley United States Ironman Louisville 00:52:00
7 F30-34 Lena Pernold Austria Ironman Austria 00:52:17
8 F30-34 Valerie Oswald United States Ironman Lake Placid 00:52:20
9 F25-29 Darbi Roberts United States Ironman Mont-Tremblant 00:52:29
10 F25-29 Sally Hayes New Zealand Ironman New Zealand 00:52:57
Top Male Age Group Bike Times of 2013
Place Name Category Country Race Bike Times
1 M35-39 Sam Gyde Belgium Ironman World Championship 04:29:47
2 M35-39 Antonio Colom Mas Spain Ironman France 04:30:03
3 M30-34 Maikel Wieland Netherlands Ironman Copenhagen 04:31:11
4 M35-39 Dan Bralye Denmark Ironman Copenhagen 04:31:25
5 M40-44 Michael Lauk Germany Ironman Florida 04:31:49
6 M35-39 Jan Henningsen Denmark Ironman Copenhagen 04:32:12
7 M30-34 Seth Cooke United States Ironman Texas 04:32:18
8 M40-44 Glenn De Vos Belgium Ironman Copenhagen 04:32:21
9 M30-34 Liam Dolan Ireland Ironman Copenhagen 04:32:37
10 M35-39 Josh Beck United States Ironman World Championship 04:32:46
Top Female Age Group Bike Times of 2013
Place Name Category Country Race Bike Times
1 F35-39 Stefanie Adam Belgium Ironman World Championship 04:49:54
2 F25-29 Martina Kunz Switzerland Ironman Florida 04:51:29
3 F40-44 Sophie Van Biervliet Belgium Ironman Florida 04:56:28
4 F30-34 Sonja Wieck United States Ironman Arizona 04:56:33
5 F40-44 Lillan Sindahl Glümer Denmark Ironman Copenhagen 04:56:41
6 F40-44 Michelle Boyes Australia Ironman Western Australia 04:57:02
7 F30-34 Astrid Ganzow Germany Ironman World Championship 04:57:29
8 F30-34 Marina Jurjevic Australia Ironman Western Australia 04:58:35
9 F30-34 Jenny Park United States Ironman Texas 04:59:55
10 F35-39 Jessica Fleming Australia Ironman World Championship 05:00:13
Top Male Age Group Run Times of 2013
Place Name Category Country Race Run Times
1 M18-24 Henrich Kolkhorst Germany Ironman France 02:48:46
2 M25-29 Johnathan Lejeune United States Ironman Florida 02:49:15
3 M30-34 Soeren Kofoed Denmark Ironman Sweden 02:49:19
4 M30-34 James Viles Australia Ironman Western Australia 02:51:39
5 M25-29 Matthew Hanson United States Ironman World Championship 02:53:33
6 M35-39 Kevin Maggen Belgium Ironman Austria 02:53:45
7 M40-44 Francisco Javier Lopez Spain Ironman Lanzarote 02:54:03
8 M30-34 Darren Jenkins Australia Ironman World Championship 02:56:10
9 M30-34 Klemen Rojnik Slovenia Ironman Lanzarote 02:56:15
10 M45-49 Rich Burke United States Ironman World Championship 02:56:17
Top Female Age Group Run Times of 2013
Place Name Category Country Race Run Times
1 F25-29 Catherine Faux United Kingdom Ironman France 03:04:47
2 F25-29 Catherine Faux United Kingdom Ironman World Championship 03:05:20
3 F35-39 Karen Tulloch Canada Ironman Canada 03:10:15
4 F25-29 Kira Flanagan Australia Ironman Western Australia 03:10:22
5 F30-34 Nina Vabic Germany Ironman Austria 03:14:14
6 F35-39 Veerle d’Haese Belgium Ironman World Championship 03:15:42
7 F35-39 Svenja Mann Germany Ironman Frankfurt 03:16:41
8 F50-54 Nina Bakker Netherlands Ironman Frankfurt 03:17:01
9 F30-34 Manuela Heimerl Germany Ironman Austria 03:17:35
10 F35-39 Christine Kenney United States Ironman World Championship 03:17:40
Top Male Age Group Finish Times of 2013
Place Name Category Country Race Finish Times
1 M30-34 Kyle Buckingham South Africa Ironman South Africa 08:34:35
2 M30-34 Kyle Buckingham South Africa Ironman World Championship 08:37:26
3 M30-34 Robert Brundish United Kingdom Ironman Copenhagen 08:39:51
4 M30-34 Geert Lauryssen Belgium Ironman Austria 08:40:55
5 M40-44 Christian Mueller Germany Ironman World Championship 08:41:22
6 M18-24 Anders Christensen Denmark Ironman Copenhagen 08:43:31
7 M35-39 Sam Gyde Belgium Ironman World Championship 08:45:00
8 M25-29 Marc Unger Germany Ironman Frankfurt 08:45:10
9 M30-34 Müller Urs Swaziland Ironman Austria 08:45:14
10 M30-34 Liam Dolan Ireland Ironman Copenhagen 08:45:26
Top Female Age Group Finish Times of 2013
Place Name Category Country Race Finish Times
1 F25-29 Catherine Faux United Kingdom Ironman World Championship 09:15:16
2 F25-29 Kira Flanagan Australia Ironman Western Australia 09:20:42
3 F25-29 Catherine Faux United Kingdom Ironman France 09:22:51
4 F25-29 Martina Kunz Switzerland Ironman Florida 09:27:19
5 F35-39 Janine Willis Australia Ironman Western Australia 09:30:09
6 F30-34 Marina Jurjevic Australia Ironman Western Australia 09:30:26
7 F30-34 Manuela Heimerl Germany Ironman Austria 09:32:09
8 F25-29 Darbi Roberts United States Ironman Mont-Tremblant 09:33:05
9 F30-34 Astrid Ganzow Germany Ironman Frankfurt 09:33:25
10 F35-39 Stefanie Adam Belgium Ironman World Championship 09:33:29

If you’ve made it this far and you really like detail then you’ll want to look at the complete set of lists in one of the two PDFs linked below. They contain top tens for each individual age groups and the pros.

These are the fastest times seen at WTC Ironman races in 2013. The best performances are an entirely different matter. Some races, and race days, are – relatively speaking – easier than others and an 8:45 at Ironman A may not be the equivalent of an 8:45 at Ironman B. That said any age group athlete racing an 8:45 at an Ironman is going to be up their in terms of performance. Exact ranking is open to debate, but what we see here is a collection of the fastest swimmers, cyclists and runners in amateur Ironman triathlon.

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