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Ironman Barcelona 2018: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

The big race of the last weekend was Ironman Barcelona. Now well established as part of the Ironman calendar, Barcelona is a large race that offers the standard 40 Kona slots to age group athletes. The course is fast, but also suffers from large drafting packs due to the high numbers of competitors.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Barcelona 2018 Compared with 2014-2017

Conditions weren’t the best in Barcelona this year and we see that with the distribution of bike splits which trends slower this year. Other distributions match more closely with historic results, the run coming slightly faster, but overall this year’s race was a little slower.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Barcelona
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2014
2536
2130
16%
2064
3.1%
1944
5.8%
23.3%
2015
2556
2150
15.9%
2129
1%
2056
3.4%
19.6%
2016
2836
2458
13.3%
2400
2.4%
2346
2.3%
17.3%
2017
2571
2558
0.5%
2484
2.9%
2417
2.7%
6%
2018
2713
2673
1.5%
2559
4.3%
2466
3.6%
9.1%

The DNF rate for this year’s race is higher on the bike and towards the high end for the run, but by no means exceptional levels for an Ironman. By Barcelona standards, it was a higher year for DNFs though.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2018
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2014-2017

Age groups medians generally follow the trends shown in the distributions. That means slower bikes for many, but other stages being largely comparable.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Barcelona
Country
Count
Percentage
United Kingdom
474
19.3
Spain
313
12.7
Ireland
253
10.3
Russia
172
7
Finland
158
6.4
Germany
131
5.3
France
117
4.8
Poland
97
3.9
Sweden
59
2.4
Netherlands
59
2.4
Ironman Barcelona 2018 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Spain
20.0
12.7
Germany
15.0
5.3
Finland
10.0
6.4
United Kingdom
7.5
19.3
Ireland
7.5
10.3
Denmark
5.0
1.5
France
5.0
4.8
Austria
5.0
0.4
Italy
2.5
1.8
Canada
2.5
0.5
Netherlands
2.5
2.4
Brazil
2.5
0.5
Russia
2.5
7.0
Sweden
2.5
2.4
Belgium
2.5
1.1
United States
2.5
1.8

Barcelona is a race that draws a very broad field and spread the Kona slots out among them.

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

For the largest age groups there hasn’t been much change in times for specific positions over the years and even this year’s slower distribution is a relatively small slowing on this chart. Barcelona is a consistent course in general and conditions this year didn’t have a huge impact overall.

Ironman Barcelona 2018 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:08:09
09:08:09
09:08:09
M25-29
1
08:57:22
08:57:22
08:57:22
M30-34
3
08:53:39
08:55:11
08:56:20
M35-39
5
08:58:25
09:02:12
09:05:34
M40-44
6
08:54:54
09:01:35
09:06:15
M45-49
6
09:06:43
09:19:29
09:33:31
M50-54
4
08:58:56
09:29:07
09:46:20
M55-59
1
09:32:25
09:32:25
09:32:25
M60-64
1
10:25:33
10:25:33
10:25:33
F18-24
1
12:34:32
12:34:32
12:34:32
F25-29
1
09:33:56
09:33:56
09:33:56
F30-34
1
09:27:13
09:27:13
09:27:13
F35-39
1
09:33:00
09:33:00
09:33:00
F40-44
1
09:55:52
09:55:52
09:55:52
F45-49
1
09:57:47
09:57:47
09:57:47
F50-54
1
10:27:50
10:27:50
10:27:50
F55-59
1
11:34:00
11:34:00
11:34:00
F60-64
1
11:43:21
11:43:21
11:43:21
F65-69
1
14:52:00
14:52:00
14:52:00

I’ve not got hold of the official Koan slot allocation so have made a best estimate in the above table. Final numbers may differ a little and the qualifying times will also be influenced by roll downs. If you want more information on qualifying times, you can compare with other races on my Kona qualification page.

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

A large portion of the front of pack age groupers were also slower this year. lot of male age groups come in behind the average for the top twenty times. This isn’t the case for the women with a number of female age groups trending similar or faster than average on the course.

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

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