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Ironman Emilia-Romagna 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Ironman Emilia-Romagna in Italy is another new race on the Ironman calendar. It comes with 40 Kona slots for the 2018 World Championship and a field of over 2,000 athletes. As it’s a new race in the series I’ve no historic results to compare with, but have included a couple of Frankfurt charts to add some context.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Emilia-Romagna 2017
Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Frankfurt 2017

Frankfurt is a fast race and I’ll note here – as it’s been pointed out when I’ve previously used it – that the 2017 race had a shortened bike making it faster still. Ironman Italy isn’t as fast as Frankfurt, even allowing for the bike differences this would be the case, but it’s also not that much slower. The swim and run splits come in similar or faster than the Frankfurt course, so it’s only the bike that shows a real difference. Given the shorter course in Frankfurt that difference is smaller than seen here. This first race would certainly put Italy towards the faster end of European Ironman races.

DNS and DNF Rates at a selection of 2017 Ironman races
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
Emilia-Romagna
2275
2246
1.3%
2206
1.8%
2088
5.3%
8.2%
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 rates for Italy look to be broadly comparable with those from the selection of championship races I’ve selected above. The bike DNF rate is particularly low and the run numbers come out at the high end, but this balances out only slightly higher than most of the other races.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Emilia-Romagna 2017

Skipping further comparison, the above chart shows all medians splits divided by age group at this year’s race.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Italy
Country
Count
Percentage
Italy
831
32.4
United Kingdom
252
9.8
Germany
214
8.3
France
174
6.8
Belgium
111
4.3
Russia
82
3.2
Switzerland
77
3
Poland
69
2.7
Spain
66
2.6
Austria
62
2.4
Ironman Italy 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
France
17.5
6.8
Germany
15.0
8.3
Italy
12.5
32.4
Denmark
10.0
1.1
Belgium
7.5
4.3
United Kingdom
7.5
9.8
Austria
7.5
2.4
Switzerland
5.0
3.0
Mexico
2.5
0.7
Slovenia
2.5
0.8
Russia
2.5
3.2
South Africa
2.5
0.3
Luxembourg
2.5
0.1
Portugal
2.5
0.5

There is a very broad spread of athletes at this year’s race which is also reflected in the likely Kona placings.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Emilia-Romagna 2017
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Emilia-Romagna 2017

Times in the top twenty of each age group taper off quite quickly, but they also lean towards the fast end of the Ironman scale.

Ironman Italy 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:50:53
09:50:53
09:50:53
M25-29
2
08:56:17
08:58:49
09:01:22
M30-34
3
08:54:13
08:56:34
09:00:14
M35-39
4
08:56:25
09:01:57
09:04:50
M40-44
5
08:59:47
09:09:55
09:19:40
M45-49
4
09:02:01
09:15:00
09:24:27
M50-54
3
09:21:12
09:27:21
09:34:14
M55-59
2
10:07:21
10:08:39
10:09:57
M60-64
2
10:24:32
10:32:56
10:41:20
M65-69
1
11:38:47
11:38:47
11:38:47
M70-74
1
13:50:26
13:50:26
13:50:26
M75-79
1
15:25:13
15:25:13
15:25:13
F18-24
1
11:25:44
11:25:44
11:25:44
F25-29
1
10:27:35
10:27:35
10:27:35
F30-34
1
10:00:27
10:00:27
10:00:27
F35-39
1
10:03:35
10:03:35
10:03:35
F40-44
2
09:58:57
10:06:52
10:14:47
F45-49
1
09:59:44
09:59:44
09:59:44
F50-54
1
10:47:15
10:47:15
10:47:15
F55-59
1
10:57:13
10:57:13
10:57:13
F60-64
1
12:57:07
12:57:07
12:57:07

Based on the athlete list I’ve estimated how Kona slots will be allocated and from that the automatic qualification times for this race. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

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

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