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Ironman Australia 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

The third Ironman of 2019 is Ironman Australis. One of the older races on the calendar, it’s a mid-sized event with the standard 40 Kona slots on offer. Times from Port Macquarie have been quite consistent over the years and this year isn’t an exception. Results trend very slightly slower, but not by a significant margin.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Australia 2019 Compared with 2009-2018

Comparing the distribution of finisher splits from this year’s race with the combined results from the previous decade shows a fractionally slower race. The swim distribution is more tightly packed around the 1:05 mark, but this is likely highlighting the broadening affect of amalgamating historical data. Both bike and run times trend slower, these are the areas that combine to give a slower overall distribution to this year’s race. In each case the difference is in the order of 5-10 minutes at the median.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Australia
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2009
1400
1323
5.5%
1299
1.8%
1282
1.3%
8.4%
2010
1482
1455
1.8%
1414
2.8%
1382
2.3%
6.6%
2011
1070
1048
2.1%
1032
1.5%
1014
1.7%
5%
2012
1348
1341
0.5%
1318
1.7%
1297
1.6%
3.7%
2013
1603
1421
11.4%
1384
2.6%
1352
2.3%
15.7%
2014
1699
1504
11.5%
1477
1.8%
1450
1.8%
14.6%
2015
1530
1362
11%
1316
3.4%
1282
2.6%
16.2%
2016
1355
1345
0.7%
1312
2.5%
1293
1.4%
4.5%
2017
1132
1130
0.2%
1093
3.3%
1072
1.9%
5.3%
2018
1135
1135
1092
3.8%
1069
2.1%
5.8%
2019
1290
1282
0.6%
1235
3.7%
1204
2.5%
6.5%

DNF figures for 2019 fall within reasonable bounds for Port Macquarie. The run DNF figure is slightly higher than recent years and that pushes the overall figure over 6%, but otherwise numbers are comparable. Note that red rows indicate a row where DNS figures will also be included in the totals.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Australia 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Australia 2009-2018

Comparing age group median splits it’s the bike times where there is the most distinct difference. This year’s medians are consistently slower. Run times also follow this trend, but to a lesser degree.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Australia
Country
Count
Percentage
Australia
1137
81.4
Japan
45
3.2
New Zealand
28
2
Philippines
27
1.9
United Kingdom
25
1.8
United States
14
1
India
11
0.8
China
10
0.7
Singapore
9
0.6
Thailand
8
0.6
Ironman Australia 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Australia
97.5
81.4
South Africa
2.5
0.2

As we’d expect the majority of the field is Australian with Japan and New Zealand being second and third largest. Australia holds onto all, but one of the slots based on automatic qualifying times.

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

For the largest age groups in Ironman times at Ironman Australia have been consistent and fluctuations small. This year doesn’t deviate from that pattern either and fits inline with a decade of racing. We can see some variation between age groups in this chart, at the age group and placing level some times were faster this year and some slower.

Ironman Australia 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
10:07:15
10:07:15
10:07:15
M25-29
1
09:15:01
09:15:01
09:15:01
M30-34
3
09:17:33
09:19:00
09:20:16
M35-39
4
08:59:57
09:10:09
09:18:13
M40-44
5
08:59:02
09:17:15
09:25:13
M45-49
5
09:13:16
09:25:03
09:39:20
M50-54
4
09:47:42
09:54:51
10:02:31
M55-59
2
10:07:35
10:15:26
10:23:17
M60-64
1
10:54:30
10:54:30
10:54:30
M65-69
1
11:33:21
11:33:21
11:33:21
M70-74
1
14:21:39
14:21:39
14:21:39
M75-79
1
16:01:11
16:01:11
16:01:11
F18-24
1
13:00:19
13:00:19
13:00:19
F25-29
1
10:34:14
10:34:14
10:34:14
F30-34
1
10:32:45
10:32:45
10:32:45
F35-39
1
10:12:55
10:12:55
10:12:55
F40-44
1
10:11:49
10:11:49
10:11:49
F45-49
2
10:34:50
10:41:26
10:48:03
F50-54
1
10:42:11
10:42:11
10:42:11
F55-59
1
11:46:05
11:46:05
11:46:05
F60-64
1
12:18:33
12:18:33
12:18:33
F65-69
1
16:09:31
16:09:31
16:09:31

Based on the slot allocation and start list I’ve estimated the Kona slot allocation for this race. Final numbers may vary and roll down is not factored into this calculation. From that allocation I’ve then calculate the automatic qualifying times at this event. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Australia 2019
Top Twenty Female Performances and Kona Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Australia 2019

Considering the top twenty within each age group we see a lot of variation in these charts. For the most part times lie around the median for the course, but there are age groups that stand out. Both male and female 45-49 year olds trend towards some of the fastest times while M35-39 outside of the Koan qualifier were much slower than average. Such a variable picture and with times only slightly slower than usual in the distributions it would suggest this was a typical year of racing on the Port Macquarie course.

You can access a spreadsheet of the full results from Ironman Australia 2019 on my Google Drive.

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