Ironman Argentina 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

The final Ironman race of 2019 was Ironman Argentina, the South American Ironman Championship. It’s a relatively new race that draws a small field of age group competitors, but as a regional championship it comes with 75 Kona slots. That works out as Ironman World Championship qualification for roughly 12% of the field. Times from the course are relatively fast, at least at the qualifying end of the race.

The 2018 swim was short so those splits and overall times from 2018 are removed from the amalgamated results

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Argentina 2019 Compared with 2017-2018

Comparing the distributions we see a much faster swim at this year’s race in comparison with 2017 (2018 swim times excluded). The bike trends slower at the median, but is comparable for the top 5%, and the run trends faster overall. The cumulative result is a much faster race than in 2017 (2018 overall results excluded due to the swim). It’s worth noting the double peak of the overall distribution – partly a result of a small field of athletes, but also indicating a separation between front-of-pack and those further back in the field.

DNF Rates at Ironman Argentina
Year
Starters
Finishers
Swim DNF
Bike DNF
Run DNF
Overall DNF
DQs
2017
1019
1011
0.1%
0.7%
0.8%
8
2018
830
780
1%
2.9%
2.3%
6%
6
2019
638
568
1.1%
4.1%
6.1%
11%
2

The DNF rate rose on both bike and run at this year’s race pushing overall DNF over the 10% mark. That’s high, but by no means exceptional for Ironman. With a small field we tend to see slightly higher DNF numbers from a race though.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Argentina 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Argentina 2017-2018

Age group median data follows the trends set out in the distribution: faster swim and run, slower bike. There is variation in this pattern across age groups, again a consequence of the low athlete numbers and greater variance within these age groups.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Argentina
Country
Count
Percentage
Argentina
322
50.5
Brazil
79
12.4
Chile
35
5.5
United States
24
3.8
Spain
19
3
United Kingdom
19
3
Mexico
13
2
France
11
1.7
Germany
9
1.4
Portugal
8
1.3
Ironman Argentina 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Argentina
26.7
50.5
Brazil
25.3
12.4
Spain
9.3
3.0
United Kingdom
6.7
3.0
Belgium
4.0
0.9
United States
2.7
3.8
Sweden
2.7
0.9
Portugal
2.7
1.3
Australia
2.7
0.5
France
1.3
1.7
Russian Federation
1.3
0.5
Slovenia
1.3
0.2
Unknown
1.3
1.1
Dominican Republic
1.3
0.2
Germany
1.3
1.4
Paraguay
1.3
0.5
Chile
1.3
5.5
Ecuador
1.3
0.8
Ireland
1.3
0.2
Austria
1.3
0.3
Switzerland
1.3
0.8

I’ve previously identified Argentina as a good qualifier and speculated about this drawing in a more international field. It certainly seems to pull in a higher than usual level of athletes from outside Argentina and South America. Kona slots get spread quite widely too.

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

Tracking the age group times for specific positions gives limited feedback as there’s a limited history to consider. 2018 times are all fast due to the shorter swim and with small age groups we see a lot of variance in how times have shifted compared with 2017. It doesn’t appear that much faster (if at all) in many instances.

Ironman Argentina 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Final Qualifier
10th Place
M18-24
1
08:45:23
08:45:23
 
M25-29
3
09:22:32
09:49:52
12:03:36
M30-34
6
08:54:52
09:14:20
09:32:58
M35-39
11
08:46:41
09:27:24
09:27:16
M40-44
13
09:20:11
09:37:44
09:33:37
M45-49
13
09:10:11
09:51:07
09:42:15
M50-54
8
09:35:41
10:12:37
10:21:13
M55-59
4
10:38:15
10:55:53
11:55:15
M60-64
2
11:34:20
11:55:27
 
M65-69
1
12:40:35
12:40:35
 
M70-74
1
No Finishers
 
 
F25-29
1
10:23:00
10:23:00
 
F30-34
2
09:48:14
10:05:17
12:35:27
F35-39
2
10:42:30
11:09:07
13:09:00
F40-44
2
10:21:06
10:23:18
12:29:43
F45-49
2
11:07:30
11:34:56
 
F50-54
1
12:23:30
12:23:30
 
F55-59
1
12:28:26
12:28:26
 
F60-64
1
12:06:30
12:06:30
 

Based on the start list I’ve calculated the Kona slot allocation and from that automatic qualification times for Ironman Argentina. This doesn’t factor in roll down and at least one slot will have rolled due to no finishers in an age group. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Argentina 2019
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Argentina 2019

This year’s top twenty times in each age group aren’t too dissimilar to 2017. They probably trend a little faster than that year, but trail the average which includes 2018’s results. Overall I would say qualification times were consistent with previous events, allowing for an adjusted course.

Ironman Argentina remains a good qualification option with the highest ratio of slots you will find at Ironman. It’s worth bearing in mind that qualification times are tight – 13 slots in M40-44 spanning just 17 minutes for example. Athletes are there to compete for these slots and still need to be in Kona qualifying fitness to have a chance.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Argentina 2019 on my Google Drive.

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