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Ironman Barcelona 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

The first of this weekend’s Ironman races I’ll be examining is Ironman Barcelona. Now in its fourth year as an Ironman branded race, Barcelona attracts a large field to its fast course. There are 40 Kona slots for the 2018 World championship on offer at the race.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Barcelona 2017 Compared with 2014-2016

Comparing the distributions for this year’s race with those for the previous three suggests 2017 was very slightly slower than the grouped results. The differences are small in each distribution and the impact is hardly significant. So overall the results look to be par for the course.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Barcelona
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2014
2536
2135
15.8%
2067
3.2%
1946
5.9%
23.3%
2015
2556
2150
15.9%
2129
1%
2056
3.4%
19.6%
2016
2836
2463
13.2%
2421
1.7%
2346
3.1%
17.3%
2017
2571
2564
0.3%
2503
2.4%
2417
3.4%
6%

My previous data blends DNS and DNF numbers in the results so it’s hard to directly compare swim or overall figures. Allowing for that, both bike and run DNF figures appear to be typical for the course, falling somewhere in the middle of the years.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2017
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2014-2016

As the distributions were so similar, so to are the medians. There’s variation among the age groups, some faster or slower by small margins, but no major trends among them.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Barcelona
Country
Count
Percentage
United Kingdom
597
20.5
Spain
430
14.7
Ireland
353
12.1
Russia
170
5.8
France
134
4.6
Poland
120
4.1
Germany
117
4
Finland
106
3.6
Italy
102
3.5
Belgium
71
2.4
Ironman Barcelona 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Germany
15.0
4.0
Belgium
10.0
2.4
Switzerland
10.0
1.3
United Kingdom
10.0
20.5
Spain
7.5
14.7
Denmark
7.5
1.8
Canada
5.0
0.8
Italy
5.0
3.5
Russia
5.0
5.8
Turkey
2.5
0.6
Poland
2.5
4.1
Brazil
2.5
0.6
Iceland
2.5
0.4
Slovenia
2.5
0.3
Netherlands
2.5
1.5
South Africa
2.5
0.5
Norway
2.5
1.4
France
2.5
4.6

Barcelona draw a broad range of nationalities, with the UK being the most numerous at the event. Kona slots look to be distributed equally widely too.

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

Unsurprisingly, there’s not too much variation in times when we track them for specific age group positions over the last four years. Small variations again, but no major trends and no particular year standing out.

Ironman Barcelona 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:04:17
09:04:17
09:04:17
M25-29
2
08:30:53
08:46:33
09:02:14
M30-34
3
08:39:17
08:42:17
08:45:33
M35-39
4
08:22:24
08:45:34
08:58:28
M40-44
5
08:39:34
08:46:49
08:52:01
M45-49
4
09:04:11
09:11:54
09:27:05
M50-54
3
08:58:59
09:10:17
09:29:18
M55-59
2
09:33:51
09:40:28
09:47:06
M60-64
1
10:27:24
10:27:24
10:27:24
M65-69
1
10:54:09
10:54:09
10:54:09
F18-24
1
10:59:25
10:59:25
10:59:25
F25-29
1
10:24:24
10:24:24
10:24:24
F30-34
1
09:21:19
09:21:19
09:21:19
F35-39
2
09:30:23
09:36:16
09:42:10
F40-44
2
09:44:40
10:12:13
10:39:46
F45-49
2
10:30:18
10:40:59
10:51:40
F50-54
1
09:43:47
09:43:47
09:43:47
F55-59
1
11:29:13
11:29:13
11:29:13
F60-64
1
11:40:58
11:40:58
11:40:58
F65-69
1
12:38:32
12:38:32
12:38:32

Based on the start list I’ve estimated how Kona slots were likely to be distributed and from that the finishing times that automatically qualified. Roll down and final allocations may impact these numbers. You can compare with other races on my Kona qualification page.

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

Finally, tracking the top twenty in each age group shows a bit more variance across age groups. Broadly speaking the fastest finishers – those making the podium – produced times matching or beating the average for the course. Further back we see more variation with some groups trending faster than average and some slower to differing degrees.

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

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