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Ironman World Championship 2018: Kona Age Group Records

As I concluded in my race analysis yesterday evening – the 2018 Ironman World Championship was a fast year for the Kona course. As well as producing new records in the professional ranks, 14 new age group records were set. While one or two new age group records have been set in the last couple of years, I haven’t seen such a big shift in these times since 2013. So here is the latest list of the fastest times by age group at the Ironman World Championships.

Age Group Records at the 2018 Ironman World Championship
Name
Swim
Bike
Run
Overall
Year
F18-24
Samantha B. Morrison
00:55:23
05:12:16
03:26:00
09:38:26
2013
F25-29
Catherine Faux
00:59:19
05:04:01
03:05:20
09:15:16
2013
F30-34
Tessa Kortekaas
01:05:06
04:56:43
03:29:50
09:36:26
2018
F35-39
Christina Svejstrup
01:09:12
04:55:10
03:17:13
09:28:48
2018
F40-44
Beate Goertz
01:09:26
04:58:40
03:18:45
09:32:05
2011
F45-49
Janette Dommer
01:03:28
04:58:36
03:15:22
09:23:25
2018
F50-54
Michelle Enslin
01:06:49
05:16:27
03:41:35
10:12:02
2018
F55-59
Jeni Winegarner
01:06:12
05:19:27
03:57:57
10:33:10
2013
F60-64
Julia Daggett
01:21:10
05:52:33
04:19:49
11:41:44
2018
F65-69
Missy Lestrange
01:11:54
06:02:33
05:03:26
12:28:43
2018
F70-74
Linda Ashmore
01:15:22
06:49:59
05:28:42
13:42:50
2017
F75-79
Madonna Buder
01:45:05
07:25:17
06:19:43
15:54:16
2005
M18-24
Timo Schaffeld
00:57:49
04:32:30
03:17:20
08:51:50
2018
M25-29
Rasmus Svenningsson
00:55:23
04:28:08
03:05:17
08:34:01
2018
M30-34
Mikkel Hojborg Olsen
00:55:24
04:34:19
03:03:13
08:37:15
2018
M35-39
Dan Plews
00:54:47
04:32:55
02:50:56
08:24:36
2018
M40-44
Christian Mueller
01:01:53
04:34:39
02:59:18
08:41:22
2013
M45-49
Koen Van Rie
01:03:18
04:36:55
03:09:02
08:55:33
2018
M50-54
Carl Brummer
00:56:06
04:42:02
03:21:19
09:05:37
2018
M55-59
Richard Sweet
01:01:08
04:45:30
03:19:34
09:14:23
2018
M60-64
Rob Barel
00:58:10
05:05:23
03:36:25
09:46:54
2017
M65-69
William Wren
01:04:42
05:28:59
04:01:18
10:44:31
2013
M70-74
Milos Kostic
01:47:46
05:47:33
03:52:47
11:45:05
2011
M75-79
Robert Plant
01:31:38
06:22:23
05:02:28
13:06:03
2018
M80-84
Hiromu Inada
01:41:54
08:06:10
06:34:01
16:49:13
2016
M85-89
Hiromu Inada
01:51:25
08:02:40
06:28:17
16:53:49
2018
M80+
Hiromu Inada
01:49:34
07:42:08
05:41:51
15:38:25
2012

This year’s race means the longest standing age group record is held by Sister Madonna Buder in the F75-79 age group. Every other record has now been set in the last 8 years of racing in Hawaii. There’s been some restructuring of the oldest male age groups (the 80+ grouping is now split into 80-84 and 85-89) which means Hiromu Inada holds all 3 age records over 80.

As I commented back in 2013, when I last produced a list of age group record times, there’s been remarkably little published or recorded on the fastest age group times. I’ve put together this data from my own collection of 15 years of World Championship results, alongside the article I used back in 2013 to establish older age group records.

Change in Age Group Records at the 2018 Ironman World Championship
Previous Year
Previous Holder
Previous Time
2018 Holder
2018 Time
Change
F30-34
2011
Mareen Hufe
09:37:09
Tessa Kortekaas
09:36:26
00:00:43
F35-39
2013
Stefanie Adam
09:33:29
Christina Svejstrup
09:28:48
00:04:41
F45-49
2010
Lisbeth Kenyon
10:01:30
Janette Dommer
09:23:25
00:38:05
F50-54
2013
Christine Heidemann
10:19:37
Michelle Enslin
10:12:02
00:07:35
F60-64
2013
Beverly Watson
11:50:41
Julia Daggett
11:41:44
00:08:57
F65-69
2013
Cullen Goodyear
12:57:17
Missy Lestrange
12:28:43
00:28:34
M18-24
1994
Vassilis Krommidas
08:55:02
Timo Schaffeld
08:51:50
00:03:12
M25-29
2010
Trevor Delsaut
08:40:43
Rasmus Svenningsson
08:34:01
00:06:42
M30-34
2013
Kyle Buckingham
08:37:26
Mikkel Hojborg Olsen
08:37:15
00:00:11
M35-39
2013
Sam Gyde
08:45:00
Dan Plews
08:24:36
00:20:24
M45-49
2013
Rene Rovera
09:02:51
Koen Van Rie
08:55:33
00:07:18
M50-54
2013
Wolfgang Schmatz
09:16:38
Carl Brummer
09:05:37
00:11:01
M55-59
2013
Christian Bodson
09:18:18
Richard Sweet
09:14:23
00:03:55
M75-79
2005
Bob Scott
13:27:50
Robert Plant
13:06:03
00:21:47

The change in record times varies from a matter of seconds up to 38 minutes in the F45-49 age division. Back in 2013 I thought the new records, set on a favourable racing day, had the potential to last. Five years on and nine of them have fallen.

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