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Ironman Austria 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

As always Ironman Austria was a fast race. It’s the nature of its course and the level of athlete it tends to draw. With only 40 Kona slots on offer that means stiff competition for a place at the Ironman World Champs. While it’s safe to call this year’s race fast, the results look to be average for the course.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Austria 2017 Compared with 2007-2016

A quick comparison of the split distributions shows this year’s race trending slightly slower than the aggregate results from the previous 10 years. Unusually this appears to be more significant at the front of the race, with the 5th percentile times showing greater difference than the medians. Only the run has a faster distribution, but as with all the variations it’s hardly significant.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Austria
Listed Athletes Swim Finish Swim DNS/DNF Bike Finish Bike DNF Run Finish Run DNF Overall DNS/DNF
2005 2157 1938 10.2% 1894 2.3% 1793 5.3% 16.8%
2006 2366 2079 12.1% 2138 % 2017 5.7% 14.6%
2007 2451 2131 13.1% 2148 % 2008 6.5% 18%
2008 2770 2318 16.3% 2388 % 2320 2.8% 16.1%
2009 2530 2155 14.8% 2202 % 2028 7.9% 19.7%
2010 2562 2169 15.3% 2165 0.2% 2046 5.5% 19.9%
2011 2781 2379 14.5% 2419 % 2346 3% 15.6%
2012 2361 2346 0.6% 2214 5.6% 2011 9.2% 14.8%
2013 2896 2617 9.6% 2578 1.5% 2498 3.1% 13.7%
2014 2916 2604 10.7% 2533 2.7% 2438 3.8% 16.4%
2015 2813 2495 11.3% 2418 3.1% 2333 3.5% 17%
2016 2869 2530 11.8% 2479 2% 2408 2.9% 16.1%
2017 2868 2595 9.5% 2532 2.4% 2462 2.8% 14.1%

DNS and DNF values in 2017 lie on the lower end of the range. The drop out rate in bike and run are low; although it’s hard to compare bike DNF given a high number of missing swim times in the older results.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Austria 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Austria 2007-2016

Comparison of the median splits for individual age groups tends to follow the trends shown in the distributions above. Focussing on the male age groups, where greater numbers are less influenced by outliers, we can see that bike times are slightly slower and run times faster.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Austria
Count Percentage
Austria 787 27.4
Italy 298 10.4
Germany 294 10.3
United Kingdom 291 10.1
Israel 216 7.5
Spain 146 5.1
France 84 2.9
Belgium 71 2.5
United States 69 2.4
Ireland 60 2.1
Ironman Austria 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country Percentage of Slots Percentage of Field
Austria 30.0 27.4
Germany 20.0 10.3
Italy 5.0 10.4
Russia 5.0 0.9
United Kingdom 5.0 10.1
Switzerland 5.0 1.4
France 5.0 2.9
Norway 5.0 0.2
United States 5.0 2.4
Sweden 2.5 1.1
United Arab Emirates 2.5 0.0
Hungary 2.5 0.7
Czech Republic 2.5 1.6
Belgium 2.5 2.5
Slovenia 2.5 1.3

There’s a diverse draw of nationalities to Austria, but half the Kona slots stay at home or go to neighbouring Germany.

Changes in Male Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Austria
Changes in Female Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Austria

Tracking times for age group positions over the years confirms that this event sits somewhere in the middle for speed. For most ages and places there have been faster and slower years over the last decade.

Ironman Austria 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
  Slots Winner Average Kona Qualifier Final Qualifier
M18-24 1 9:12:56 9:12:56 9:12:56
M25-29 2 9:05:09 9:09:59 9:14:49
M30-34 3 8:47:47 9:00:00 9:13:35
M35-39 4 8:36:25 8:54:21 9:06:58
M40-44 5 9:10:36 9:14:39 9:19:02
M45-49 4 9:06:06 9:13:22 9:18:18
M50-54 3 9:31:04 9:31:50 9:33:06
M55-59 2 9:49:55 9:53:52 9:57:49
M60-64 1 10:19:27 10:19:27 10:19:27
M65-69 1 11:12:51 11:12:51 11:12:51
M70-74 1 12:00:15 12:00:15 12:00:15
M75-79 1 16:10:21 16:10:21 16:10:21
F18-24 1 9:39:07 9:39:07 9:39:07
F25-29 1 10:03:22 10:03:22 10:03:22
F30-34 1 9:26:25 9:26:25 9:26:25
F35-39 1 10:00:39 10:00:39 10:00:39
F40-44 2 9:58:53 10:20:40 10:42:27
F45-49 2 9:44:31 9:52:39 10:00:47
F50-54 1 10:14:10 10:14:10 10:14:10
F55-59 1 11:57:12 11:57:12 11:57:12
F60-64 1 16:05:09 16:05:09 16:05:09
F65-69 1 13:23:07 13:23:07 13:23:07

Based on the athlete tracker I’ve estimated the slot allocation and from that the times that would automatically qualify at the race. Numbers will vary based on actual start numbers and the roll down process. You can find more qualification stats for Austria and all of the Ironman races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Austria 2017
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Austria 2017

Finally, the times of the top twenty in each age group. It varies across the divisions, some were slower this year, some faster, but overall times fall quite close to the course averages and away from the extremes. By and large it was a typical qualifying year in Klagenfurt.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Austria 2017 on my Google Drive.

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