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Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Ironman Italy was the first Ironman race of the weekend and took place on Saturday. While it’s only in its third year it’s grown to over 2,500 athletes competing for the standard 40 Kona slot allocation. This year’s race looks to have been the fastest yet for Italy.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna 2019 Compared with 2017-2018

Comparing the splits from this year with those of the previous two years shows a faster overall race. Italy started with a slower swim distribution, but the impact is less than 5 minutes at the median. This is more than compensated for by faster distributions for both bike and run. On balance this shifts the median time by around 15 minutes. Not a drastic change, but certainly a noticeable movement.

DNF Rates at Ironman Italy
Year
Starters
Finishers
Swim DNF
Bike DNF
Run DNF
Overall DNF
DQs
2017
2275
2088
1.4%
2.3%
4.8%
8.2%
28
2018
2382
2069
2.2%
5%
6.7%
13.1%
43
2019
2738
2555
1.9%
1.7%
3.4%
6.7%
26

Along with faster times we also see DNF rates drop to their lowest for the course. At 6.9% overall levels are typical for Ironman in general. They contrast with the high levels of the previous year’s race.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna 2017-2018

Age group medians reflect the trends shown by the distributions. The broad trends remain slower swim, faster bike and faster run. At the age group level we see some variation, particularly in smaller divisions. Not all run splits were faster than the previous two years medians.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Italy
Country
Count
Percentage
Italy
960
30.9
Germany
323
10.4
United Kingdom
311
10
Russian Federation
167
5.4
France
148
4.8
Austria
109
3.5
Switzerland
96
3.1
Ireland
85
2.7
Poland
84
2.7
United States
70
2.3
Ironman Italy 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Switzerland
22.5
3.1
Germany
20.0
10.4
Austria
10.0
3.5
Italy
10.0
30.9
France
5.0
4.8
United Kingdom
5.0
10.0
South Africa
2.5
0.3
Bahrain
2.5
0.0
Ireland
2.5
2.7
Canada
2.5
1.2
Finland
2.5
1.4
Denmark
2.5
0.9
United States
2.5
2.3
Spain
2.5
1.5
Slovenia
2.5
0.7
Poland
2.5
2.7

About a third of competitors come from Italy, the rest coming from a broad range of other countries. Kona slots tend to distribute equally widely based on automatic qualifying times.

Changes in Male Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna
Changes in Female Finishing Times by Position at Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna

Tracking the times for specific positions in each age group gives some indication of longer term trends. Being relatively new there are no long term patterns, but we can see how for the majority of age groups this year was quicker. Some of this will be caused by growth in the race – with more athletes the median position is further back in each age group.

Ironman Italy 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
08:36:55
08:36:55
08:36:55
M25-29
2
08:38:58
08:39:10
08:39:23
M30-34
3
08:39:28
08:44:51
08:49:11
M35-39
4
08:43:05
08:44:42
08:46:45
M40-44
5
08:46:13
08:52:00
08:55:03
M45-49
5
08:50:55
09:05:08
09:21:56
M50-54
4
09:15:21
09:21:08
09:27:39
M55-59
2
09:29:25
09:37:02
09:44:40
M60-64
1
10:37:07
10:37:07
10:37:07
M65-69
1
10:54:44
10:54:44
10:54:44
M70-74
1
15:21:39
15:21:39
15:21:39
M75-79
1
No Finishers
 
 
F18-24
1
11:10:28
11:10:28
11:10:28
F25-29
1
09:13:38
09:13:38
09:13:38
F30-34
1
09:42:06
09:42:06
09:42:06
F35-39
1
09:37:44
09:37:44
09:37:44
F40-44
1
10:07:17
10:07:17
10:07:17
F45-49
1
09:42:57
09:42:57
09:42:57
F50-54
1
10:32:18
10:32:18
10:32:18
F55-59
1
11:06:32
11:06:32
11:06:32
F60-64
1
12:58:01
12:58:01
12:58:01
F65-69
1
14:04:44
14:04:44
14:04:44

Based on the start list I’ve calculated the Kona slot allocation and from that the automatic qualifying times in each age group. Final numbers may vary. Roll down isn’t factored in and there will at least be the M75-79 slot moved to another age group due to no finishers. You can compare these times with other races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna 2019
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna 2019

For the vast majority of age groups the top twenty times are much faster than the previous average. In many cars this year is the fastest so far with times well in advance of the average. It’s not universal, but the cases where times are close to average are limited. This is true for some of larger women’s age groups where their times trend only slightly faster than average.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Italy Emilia-Romagna 2019 on my Google Drive.

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