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Ironman Malaysia 2017: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Somehow, last November, I missed a race. Ironman Malaysia slipped me by, and it doesn’t appear anyone racing at the time came looking for my stats either. Now that I’ve been alerted to the oversight, I’m going to quickly fill the gap with a heavily delayed analysis of the 2017 results. Ironman Malaysia is a relatively small race of around 1,000 competitors with a decent 50 Koan slots on offer. It’s not a particularly fast course, but one that challenges with hot and humid conditions.

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

The 2017 race trends faster than the amalgamated results from the previous years. this mostly comes from the run section where we see the biggest change in results, but swimming and bike also trend slightly faster. Overall it’s not a huge shift in performances though.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Malaysia
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2014
1094
1073
1.9%
1004
6.4%
915
8.9%
16.4%
2015
761
745
2.1%
704
5.5%
617
12.4%
18.9%
2016
944
940
0.4%
893
5%
825
7.6%
12.6%
2017
1021
1006
1.5%
965
4.1%
885
8.3%
13.3%

The DNF numbers for the 2017 race lie at the low end of the range. It looks to have been a good year for racing on the course.

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

Medians trend similarly to the distributions with runs coming out a little faster in many age groups. Given the size of the race and relatively small sizes of some divisions there’s a lot more variability in age group medians than we see for bigger races.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Malaysia
Country
Count
Percentage
Malaysia
316
28.6
Japan
178
16.1
Singapore
84
7.6
China
58
5.2
Australia
51
4.6
Philippines
48
4.3
United Kingdom
44
4
Thailand
33
3
Germany
33
3
Spain
26
2.4
Ironman Malaysia 2017 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Japan
30.0
16.1
Australia
12.0
4.6
France
8.0
1.6
Denmark
6.0
1.5
Germany
6.0
3.0
Spain
6.0
2.4
Sweden
4.0
0.6
Switzerland
2.0
1.2
Canada
2.0
0.1
Belgium
2.0
0.3
Singapore
2.0
7.6
Malaysia
2.0
28.6
Czech Republic
2.0
0.2
Russia
2.0
0.6
Romania
2.0
0.2
New Zealand
2.0
0.6
Luxembourg
2.0
0.2
Philippines
2.0
4.3
Hungary
2.0
0.4
Brazil
2.0
0.3
Finland
2.0
0.4

The majority of athletes are from within the Asia-Pacific region, but Kona slots tend to spread out among competitor nations with Japan taking the most on this course.

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

Tracking the age group times for different positions shows that 2017 was faster in many cases, but rarely by very much. so although it does appear to have trended faster it certainly wasn’t a huge change in performances.

Ironman Malaysia 2017 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
2
10:49:57
11:04:07
11:18:17
M25-29
3
09:26:46
10:01:04
10:25:47
M30-34
4
09:35:42
09:46:44
09:54:19
M35-39
7
09:49:28
09:54:12
10:02:51
M40-44
7
09:41:08
09:51:10
10:03:14
M45-49
5
09:48:53
09:57:47
10:10:19
M50-54
3
10:14:04
10:24:22
10:34:23
M55-59
2
10:44:51
10:46:57
10:49:03
M60-64
1
11:47:12
11:47:12
11:47:12
M65-69
1
13:05:26
13:05:26
13:05:26
M70-74
1
15:22:14
15:22:14
15:22:14
M75-79
1
14:23:14
14:23:14
14:23:14
F18-24
1
11:11:35
11:11:35
11:11:35
F25-29
1
11:08:29
11:08:29
11:08:29
F30-34
1
10:39:00
10:39:00
10:39:00
F35-39
2
10:47:52
10:51:53
10:55:55
F40-44
2
11:03:24
11:25:32
11:47:40
F45-49
2
11:36:17
11:57:01
12:17:46
F50-54
1
11:49:37
11:49:37
11:49:37
F55-59
1
12:19:50
12:19:50
12:19:50
F60-64
1
16:43:13
16:43:13
16:43:13
F65-69
1
16:15:56
16:15:56
16:15:56

Based on the start numbers I’ve estimated the slot allocation and automatic qualifying times for Ironman Malaysia. final numbers may vary and roll down isn’t factored into this chart. You can find more details of Kona qualifying times on my Kona qualification page.

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

The top twenty for each age group varied in performance. Mostly times were average or better for the course. In some instance times were course bests for those age group positions, but in many fo the biggest age groups they were very similar to the previous year.

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

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