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Ironman Copenhagen 2014: Past Performances and Kona Qualification

The last set of 2014 Kona slots in Europe can be won at Ironman Copenhagen this weekend. Formerly a Challenge race, it’s Copenhagen’s second year under the Ironman brand. Despite the name change the course has remained one of the fastest in Europe – a good location for setting personal best times.

More detailed statistics for individual age groups are available to download at the bottom of this article.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Copenhagen 2010-2013
Median Splits by Category at 2013 European Ironman Races
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Frankfurt 2003-2013

Comparisons are easy with courses like Copenhagen – compared to the European medians, splits are pretty consistently faster. We can place Copenhagen up against Frankfurt for a much closer match; there isn’t too much to choose between the two events, although Copenhagen may have a slight edge.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Copenhagen 2010-2013
Distribution of Finishers' Splits at 2013 European Ironman Races
Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Frankfurt 2003-2013

As with the medians so the distributions. The big differences come between the top 10% and the middle 50% of the field, this mid-to-front group are much faster on the flat Copenhagen course. Comparing with Frankfurt and again results are similar, the bike seems to be where Copenhagen might have an edge.

Predicted Kona Slot Allocation for Ironman Copenhagen 2014
  Number of Athletes Number of Slots
F18-24 9 1
F25-29 65 2
F30-34 82 2
F35-39 80 2
F40-44 57 2
F45-49 48 2
F50-54 27 1
F55-59 10 1
F60-64 2 1
F65-69 2 1
M18-24 80 2
M25-29 230 3
M30-34 402 5
M35-39 492 6
M40-44 535 7
M45-49 404 5
M50-54 223 3
M55-59 67 2
M60-64 22 1
M65-69 5 1
Total 2842 50

It took a little hunting to find a start list for Copenhagen (well a Google search to find it on their Facebook page). The slot allocation above is based on those numbers, exact figures will likely vary.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Copenhagen
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Copenhagen

The most notable aspect of the Copenhagen top twenty charts is the times from age group podium finishers. The course is fast, but there have also been some fast athletes in Copenhagen. For men under 40 a Kona slot likely means a low 9 hour Ironman, possibly even a sub-9 Ironman. For the women there’s a little more spread, ranging from sub-10 back towards 11 hours in the last 4 years.

You can view more detailed statistic by age group in the PDFs below.

Detailed Age Group Statistics

Age group specific Ironman Denmark results analysis. More charts and more detailed timings and splits for top age grouper and Kona qualifiers.

Select an age group to view or download PDF

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I’ll a couple of athletes racing in Copenhagen this weekend – hopefully they’ll be setting fast times too. A full analysis of the results will follow the race.

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Comments

  • Leigh

    How can I find out who actually accepted the kona-slots (how many roll-downs were there in AG40-44)

  • Sorry to say that usually the answer is you can’t.

    Some Ironman races publish lists of qualifiers so you can work out the roll downs, but the majority do not. In fact most don’t even post lists of the finalised slot allocations. It may be possible to work it out once the final Kona start list has been published, but even this can be difficult.

    Sorry, i can’t help you any more than that. Copenhagen has not published a lit of qualifiers to the best of my knowledge.