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Ironman Hamburg 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Ironman Hamburg is another new event for the season. It offered the standard 40 Kona slots and drew a good sized field of over 2,000 competitors. As with any new Ironman I don’t have historical data to compare results to, so I’ve used Frankfurt for comparison.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Hamburg 2017
Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Frankfurt 2017

Comparing 2017 results and there’s not too much difference between the overall splits at either race. Frankfurt performs better at the front of the race, but by the median it’s even. Frankfurt has the faster bike splits, but this year’s run splits are much slower. Again, this is more applicable to the middle of the pack than the front of pack. Hamburg shares similarities with Frankfurt’s results, but doesn’t appear to have drawn as deep an age group field at the front.

DNS and DNF Rates at Selected 2017 Races
Event
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
Hamburg
2135
2120
0.7%
2061
2.8%
1992
3.3%
6.7%
Brazil
2207
2196
0.5%
2140
2.6%
2083
2.7%
6.3%
Cairns
1112
1112
0%
1086
2.3%
1041
4.1%
7.2%
Frankfurt
2740
2702
1.4%
2621
3%
2432
7.2%
11.2%
South Africa
1898
1877
1.1%
1830
2.5%
1757
4%
7.4%
Texas
2346
2346
0%
2275
3%
2205
3.1%
6%

DNF figures for Hamburg compare well with other races (all Championship events used for comparison). Numbers generally fall somewhere in the middle of the range.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Hamburg 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Frankfurt 2017

Median comparisons with Frankfurt show the same pattern as the distribution. Hamburg’s bike is slower, but it’s run faster. Overall the balance appears to place Frankfurt as the faster overall race of the two.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Hamburg
Country
Count
Percentage
Germany
1673
69.3
United Kingdom
98
4.1
Russia
52
2.2
44
1.8
Denmark
42
1.7
Poland
36
1.5
Switzerland
35
1.4
Portugal
35
1.4
Austria
35
1.4
Italy
33
1.4
Ironman Hamburg 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Germany
65.0
69.3
Denmark
10.0
1.7
United Kingdom
5.0
4.1
Sweden
5.0
0.9
Russia
5.0
2.2
2.5
1.8
Spain
2.5
1.0
Switzerland
2.5
1.4
Czech Republic
2.5
0.4

Unsurprisingly, there’s a strong German contingent at the German race, but as with all European events entrants are spread quite widely.

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

Comparing the age group top twenties in Hamburg with those from Frankfurt shows how at the very front of the two races differences are more pronounced. For most age groups, particularly the largest ones, Frankfurt is the faster race. In some age group, M40-44 for example, the difference is pronounced. This suggests a comparably fast course that didn’t draw the depth of field the older Championship race in Frankfurt did.

Ironman Hamburg 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:33:15
09:33:15
09:33:15
M25-29
2
08:58:41
09:01:10
09:03:39
M30-34
3
09:00:09
09:03:53
09:10:04
M35-39
4
09:04:13
09:08:19
09:13:26
M40-44
4
09:17:30
09:18:33
09:20:36
M45-49
5
09:22:19
09:25:50
09:33:30
M50-54
4
09:18:41
09:29:03
09:41:59
M55-59
2
09:35:45
09:46:25
09:57:06
M60-64
1
10:30:51
10:30:51
10:30:51
M65-69
1
11:16:06
11:16:06
11:16:06
M70-74
1
14:28:03
14:28:03
14:28:03
F18-24
1
10:33:44
10:33:44
10:33:44
F25-29
1
09:43:54
09:43:54
09:43:54
F30-34
1
09:30:57
09:30:57
09:30:57
F35-39
2
10:13:17
10:15:20
10:17:23
F40-44
2
10:23:58
10:27:19
10:30:40
F45-49
1
10:06:01
10:06:01
10:06:01
F50-54
2
10:43:43
10:56:53
11:10:04
F55-59
1
11:12:07
11:12:07
11:12:07
F60-64
1
13:09:11
13:09:11
13:09:11

Finally, I’ve estimated Kona slot allocations based on the results and from that the automatic qualifying times in each age group. Final numbers and times will vary and roll down will affect the final qualifiers. You can find more information on Kona qualification and race times on my Kona Qualification Page.

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

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