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Ironman Sweden 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Ironman Sweden is the first of three events from another busy weekend of Ironman racing. Ironman Sweden is a relatively large event held on what’s proved to be a fast course. The usual 40 Kona slots are on offer and competition is quite stiff. This year looks to have been completely on trend for the race.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Sweden 2017 Compared with 2012-2016

Comparing distributions shows little difference between this year and the amalgamation of the previous 5 years of results. The swim trends faster, but as a small proportion of the overall race this has little impact later in the day. Bike, run and overall distributions vary little from what race history would lead us to expect.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Sweden
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2012
1389
1385
0.3%
1370
1.1%
1348
1.6%
3%
2013
1929
1710
11.4%
1679
1.8%
1605
4.4%
16.8%
2014
2346
2073
11.6%
2046
1.3%
1992
2.6%
15.1%
2015
2463
2086
15.3%
2041
2.2%
1968
3.6%
20.1%
2016
2458
2134
13.2%
2118
0.7%
2066
2.5%
15.9%
2017
2139
2136
0.1%
2108
1.3%
2033
3.6%
5%

Similarly the DNF data looks to fall somewhere in line with past races. Between 2013 and 2016 numbers are elevated as the DNS data isn’t cleanly separated form the DNF numbers for swim and overall, but even so we can see that bike and run figures don’t differ too much.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Sweden 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Sweden 2012-2016

As the distributions have changed so little it’s no surprise to see that age group medians are similar too. There is variation in some age groups, but no clear pattern across them all.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Sweden
Country
Count
Percentage
Sweden
1826
72.2
United Kingdom
122
4.8
Germany
75
3
Finland
57
2.3
Belgium
52
2.1
Russia
36
1.4
Norway
36
1.4
Denmark
31
1.2
United States
30
1.2
Netherlands
24
0.9
Ironman Sweden 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Sweden
62.5
72.2
Belgium
15.0
2.1
Finland
5.0
2.3
Germany
5.0
3.0
Hungary
2.5
0.1
Poland
2.5
0.9
Norway
2.5
1.4
United Kingdom
2.5
4.8
Switzerland
2.5
0.6

As with all European races while the locals are most numerous and take the most slots there’s a good mix of other nationalities at the race.

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

Tracking positions in age groups over time also shows this year’s results to be par for the course. There’s some variations of course, but as with the medians, no clear pattern to them. So overall a regular year in Kalmar.

Ironman Sweden 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
08:37:35
08:37:35
08:37:35
M25-29
2
09:13:33
09:16:10
09:18:48
M30-34
3
08:36:12
08:50:45
09:06:03
M35-39
4
08:58:11
09:12:15
09:23:05
M40-44
5
09:09:39
09:15:16
09:21:03
M45-49
4
08:52:13
09:16:53
09:30:13
M50-54
3
09:43:01
09:49:19
09:53:31
M55-59
2
09:45:21
09:52:12
09:59:03
M60-64
1
10:54:01
10:54:01
10:54:01
M65-69
1
12:27:16
12:27:16
12:27:16
M70-74
1
14:13:00
14:13:00
14:13:00
F18-24
1
10:40:50
10:40:50
10:40:50
F25-29
2
09:52:34
10:00:26
10:08:19
F30-34
2
10:04:39
10:22:42
10:40:45
F35-39
1
10:11:06
10:11:06
10:11:06
F40-44
2
10:14:41
10:20:33
10:26:25
F45-49
2
10:23:21
10:40:00
10:56:40
F50-54
1
10:40:44
10:40:44
10:40:44
F55-59
1
12:03:01
12:03:01
12:03:01
F60-64
1
13:12:09
13:12:09
13:12:09

Based on the start list I’ve calculated an allocation of slots and from that the automatic qualification times in each age group. Actual numbers may vary and roll down will influence the final times. You can review these numbers and compare to other races on my Kona qualification page.

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

Finally the top twenty in each age group. For most divisions the line lies somewhere around the average – in some cases faster, in others slower. Few stray too far, but one or two age groups stand out – M55-59 and F25-29 both came out well ahead of the average times, while M35-39 was noticeably slower than usual. Again, there’s no consistent pattern to these variations.

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

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