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Ironman Copenhagen 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

On to the second race of the weekend – Ironman Copenhagen. This was it’s fifth year as an Ironman race, although it had run under the Challenge banner before that. It’s one of the larger races on the calendar with over 2,500 competitors making it to the start line and the standard 40 Kona slots are on offer for the fastest age groupers. This year’s race doesn’t stray far from previous results.

Edit: the top 15 athletes from the F30-34 division were missing from my original results and report. They’ve now been added and all charts updated with their times.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Copenhagen 2017 Compared with 2013-2016

It’s only the bike distribution that differs much this year. The 2017 bike comes out slightly slower than the previous 4 years of results and does shift the overall distribution to be very slightly slower too. The difference appears to be about 5-10 minutes at the median and much smaller for the front 5%. Not particularly significant, so it seems reasonable to conclude this was a typical year of racing on the Copenhagen course.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Copenhagen
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2013
2025
1862
8%
1826
1.9%
1776
2.7%
12.3%
2014
2893
2508
13.3%
2438
2.8%
2370
2.8%
18%
2015
2789
2395
14.1%
2363
1.3%
2258
4.4%
19%
2016
2848
2408
15.4%
2381
1.1%
2265
4.9%
20.5%
2017
2563
2531
1.2%
2494
1.5%
2391
4.1%
6.7%

My previous data can’t separate swim DNF from DNS with certainty so this year is the first time I have precise DNF numbers. We can compare bike and run though. Here numbers lie firmly in the middle, again suggesting a typical race.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Copenhagen 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Copenhagen 2013-2016

Age group medians follow the pattern of the distributions. On the bike we see slightly slower times for many age groups, but in swim and run there’s less variation and certainly less consistency across groups. Of course there can be outliers – the small F65-69 age group came in much slower than previous years for example.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Copenhagen
Country
Count
Percentage
Denmark
1249
42.3
United Kingdom
392
13.3
Sweden
182
6.2
Norway
152
5.1
Finland
112
3.8
Germany
91
3.1
Ireland
88
3
United States
69
2.3
Spain
64
2.2
Russia
62
2.1
Ironman Copenhagen 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Denmark
55.0
42.3
United Kingdom
12.5
13.3
Spain
10.0
2.2
Germany
7.5
3.1
Sweden
5.0
6.2
Finland
2.5
3.8
Switzerland
2.5
0.7
Ireland
2.5
3.0
France
2.5
1.2

Attendance to the race and the share of Kona slots is well spread across a variety of mostly European nations.

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

Tracking positions within age groups shows that this year’s times do lie inline with previous results. There are small shifts up and down, but few of any significance. Copenhagen is a very consistent race.

Ironman Copenhagen 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
2
09:10:32
09:12:23
09:14:14
M25-29
2
08:48:39
08:51:57
08:55:16
M30-34
3
08:33:25
08:40:14
08:47:33
M35-39
4
08:34:45
08:54:58
09:05:37
M40-44
4
08:54:45
08:58:25
09:00:59
M45-49
4
08:56:26
09:05:07
09:11:20
M50-54
3
09:39:34
09:40:24
09:41:54
M55-59
2
10:11:34
10:14:16
10:16:58
M60-64
1
10:17:05
10:17:05
10:17:05
M65-69
1
11:44:44
11:44:44
11:44:44
M70-74
1
14:24:09
14:24:09
14:24:09
F18-24
1
09:42:25
09:42:25
09:42:25
F25-29
1
09:56:33
09:56:33
09:56:33
F30-34
1
09:17:06
09:17:06
09:17:06
F35-39
2
09:58:24
09:59:43
10:01:03
F40-44
2
10:10:26
10:18:28
10:26:30
F45-49
1
10:34:38
10:34:38
10:34:38
F50-54
1
10:13:36
10:13:36
10:13:36
F55-59
1
11:26:54
11:26:54
11:26:54
F60-64
1
12:04:16
12:04:16
12:04:16
F65-69
1
15:31:03
15:31:03
15:31:03
F70-74
1
15:44:36
15:44:36
15:44:36

Based on start numbers I’ve estimated the Kona slot allocation and from that the automatic qualification times in each age groups. Numbers may vary and roll down will influence final qualifying times. You can read about qualification times at all race on my Kona qualification page.

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

The front of the age group race generally tracked close to the averages. Although quite a few male age groups came out faster than average, either among the qualifiers or through the whole top 20. Enough lie close to the average that I don’t think there’s any signs of a real change here though.

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

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