Ironman Sweden is the first of three events from another busy weekend of Ironman racing. Ironman Sweden is a relatively large event held on what’s proved to be a fast course. The usual 40 Kona slots are on offer and competition is quite stiff. This year looks to have been completely on trend for the race.
Comparing distributions shows little difference between this year and the amalgamation of the previous 5 years of results. The swim trends faster, but as a small proportion of the overall race this has little impact later in the day. Bike, run and overall distributions vary little from what race history would lead us to expect.
Similarly the DNF data looks to fall somewhere in line with past races. Between 2013 and 2016 numbers are elevated as the DNS data isn’t cleanly separated form the DNF numbers for swim and overall, but even so we can see that bike and run figures don’t differ too much.
As the distributions have changed so little it’s no surprise to see that age group medians are similar too. There is variation in some age groups, but no clear pattern across them all.
As with all European races while the locals are most numerous and take the most slots there’s a good mix of other nationalities at the race.
Tracking positions in age groups over time also shows this year’s results to be par for the course. There’s some variations of course, but as with the medians, no clear pattern to them. So overall a regular year in Kalmar.
Based on the start list I’ve calculated an allocation of slots and from that the automatic qualification times in each age group. Actual numbers may vary and roll down will influence the final times. You can review these numbers and compare to other races on my Kona qualification page.
Finally the top twenty in each age group. For most divisions the line lies somewhere around the average – in some cases faster, in others slower. Few stray too far, but one or two age groups stand out – M55-59 and F25-29 both came out well ahead of the average times, while M35-39 was noticeably slower than usual. Again, there’s no consistent pattern to these variations.
You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Sweden 2017 on my Google Drive.