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Ironman Sweden 2018: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Another week with a lot of Ironman racing to cover. First up is Saturday’s race – Ironman Sweden. Now well established as part of the Ironman calendar Sweden is a fast race that draws a large field competing for 40 age group Kona slots. This year’s race looks to be comparable with previous years of racing in Kalmar.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Sweden 2018 Compared with 2012-2017

Although largely inline with previous years, this year’s race does trend slightly slower at the median thanks to a slower than normal run. Swim and bike distributions are more closely comparable with the amalgamated results from the previous 6 years. The run trends clearly slower and pulls down the overall distribution as a result.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Sweden
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2012
1389
1385
0.3%
1370
1.1%
1348
1.6%
3%
2013
1929
1710
11.4%
1679
1.8%
1605
4.4%
16.8%
2014
2346
2073
11.6%
2046
1.3%
1992
2.6%
15.1%
2015
2463
2086
15.3%
2041
2.2%
1968
3.6%
20.1%
2016
2458
2134
13.2%
2118
0.7%
2066
2.5%
15.9%
2017
2139
2136
0.1%
2108
1.3%
2033
3.6%
5%
2018
2131
2123
0.4%
2084
1.8%
2007
3.7%
5.8%

DNF rates at this year’s race tend towards the higher end for Sweden (allowing for the fact 2013-2016 include DNS numbers). Not the highest in any instance, but close across the board.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Sweden 2018
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Sweden 2012-2017

Looking at age group specific median splits shows the slower run times quite clearly. Swim and bike display more variation and no major pattern of change.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Sweden
Country
Count
Percentage
Sweden
1901
79
United Kingdom
73
3
Germany
47
2
Finland
39
1.6
Norway
35
1.5
United States
30
1.2
Netherlands
29
1.2
Thailand
28
1.2
Poland
27
1.1
Belgium
20
0.8
Ironman Sweden 2018 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Sweden
80.0
79.0
Germany
5.0
2.0
Norway
5.0
1.5
United Kingdom
2.5
3.0
Belgium
2.5
0.8
France
2.5
0.6
Czech Republic
2.5
0.2

The vast majority of athletes are Swedish with the remainder coming from a very broad range of nationalities. Kona slots are claimed proportionally to numbers.

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

Tracking variation of specific age group placings shows that there’s no huge shift in times at this year’s race. The majority fall in line with previous years with a few showing slightly more deviation. Nothing is on the scale of the much slower 2015 race though.

Ironman Sweden 2018 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:29:42
09:29:42
09:29:42
M25-29
2
08:44:29
08:47:47
08:51:05
M30-34
3
08:56:33
08:59:41
09:05:23
M35-39
3
08:46:46
08:58:08
09:07:23
M40-44
4
08:55:47
09:20:45
09:33:41
M45-49
4
09:00:22
09:15:48
09:29:06
M50-54
3
09:28:30
09:40:45
09:49:13
M55-59
2
09:44:17
09:50:00
09:55:44
M60-64
1
10:50:06
10:50:06
10:50:06
M65-69
1
12:23:30
12:23:30
12:23:30
M70-74
1
15:12:11
15:12:11
15:12:11
F18-24
1
11:10:40
11:10:40
11:10:40
F25-29
2
10:23:52
10:27:55
10:31:59
F30-34
2
09:59:38
09:59:58
10:00:18
F35-39
2
09:53:35
10:06:13
10:18:52
F40-44
2
09:39:37
09:46:38
09:53:39
F45-49
2
10:28:56
10:32:13
10:35:31
F50-54
1
11:09:44
11:09:44
11:09:44
F55-59
1
11:09:55
11:09:55
11:09:55
F60-64
1
13:59:17
13:59:17
13:59:17
F65-69
1
13:03:20
13:03:20
13:03:20

Based on the start numbers I’ve estimated the Kona slot allocation and from that the automatic qualification time. Actual numbers may have varied and roll down will influence final times. You can compare with other races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Sweden 2018
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Sweden 2018

There’s quite a bit of variation across age groups in their top twenties with no clear pattern across them all. In the women’s age groups times tend to be average or faster for the course. For the men there are a number that are slower, but most tend towards the average or better at the very front.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Sweden 2018 on my Google Drive.

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