Ironman Brazil 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Ironman Brazil was the second Ironman race of the weekend. It’s a former South American Championship event that’s now returned to the standard 40 Kona slot offering of most races. Since the change the number of competitors has dropped with this year being at the lower end for mid-sized races. Despite that the race results trend similarly to previous years.

Note that I’m excluding 2011 results from most of my comparisons due to an unusually slow year and a poor quality results set.

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

The results from this year’s race compare very closely with the amalgamated results of the previous decade. There are small variations, but these barely impact on any of the distributions and median splits vary by a matter of minutes at most.The bike is perhaps the only area where times how any hint of different and this remains small.

DNS and DNF Rates at Ironman Brazil
Year
Listed Athletes
Swim Finish
Swim DNS/DNF
Bike Finish
Bike DNF
Run Finish
Run DNF
Overall DNS/DNF
2009
1388
1263
9%
100%
12.9%
2010
1626
1472
9.5%
1431
2.8%
1398
2.3%
14%
2011
1822
100%
23.4%
2012
1929
1470
23.8%
100%
28.3%
2013
1924
1701
11.6%
1639
3.6%
1618
1.3%
15.4%
2014
1641
1551
5.5%
1535
1%
1555
2015
1905
1680
11.8%
1606
4.4%
1566
2.5%
15.9%
2016
1845
1638
11.2%
1584
3.3%
1556
1.8%
15.7%
2017
2207
929
57.9%
875
5.8%
2063
6.3%
2018
1872
1848
1.3%
1786
3.4%
1759
1.5%
4.9%
2019
1347
1325
1.6%
1292
2.5%
1264
2.2%
5%

DNF data has been variable over the years so it’s hard to build a clear picture when much of it was combined with DNS numbers (red rows). From what we have bike DNF rates look to be low this year, but run DNFs more towards the high side.

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

With the distributions looking so similar it’s hard to pick out major patterns when comparing medians splits for each age group. Some of the bikes are a few minutes slower, but not for every age group. Similarly runs tend to be slightly faster for many, but not all.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Brazil
Country
Count
Percentage
Brazil
1028
71.7
Argentinia
178
12.4
Chile
83
5.8
United States
35
2.4
Uruguay
19
1.3
Peru
11
0.8
Paraguay
8
0.6
Spain
7
0.5
Canada
6
0.4
France
5
0.3
Ironman Brazil 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Brazil
80.0
71.7
Argentinia
5.0
12.4
Colombia
2.5
0.2
United States
2.5
2.4
Chile
2.5
5.8
France
2.5
0.3
Paraguay
2.5
0.6
South Africa
2.5
0.1

This is mainly a South American race and the majority of Kona slots stay there too with 80% of automatic qualifying times being by Brazilian athletes.

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

Tracking times for specific positions in each age group shows what an outlier the 2011 event was. It also demonstrates that aside from that year times are generally quite consistent. There has been a bit more variation in the last few year and for some age groups 2019 is a little faster, particularly towards the front of the age groups.

Ironman Brazil 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:26:40
09:26:40
09:26:40
M25-29
1
08:41:21
08:41:21
08:41:21
M30-34
4
08:46:53
09:08:12
09:20:54
M35-39
7
08:42:55
08:57:17
09:03:59
M40-44
7
08:40:58
09:07:05
09:20:08
M45-49
4
08:53:29
09:11:10
09:29:30
M50-54
2
10:00:00
10:07:54
10:15:48
M55-59
2
10:13:02
10:18:31
10:24:01
M60-64
1
10:07:57
10:07:57
10:07:57
M65-69
1
11:10:50
11:10:50
11:10:50
M70-74
1
14:34:05
14:34:05
14:34:05
F18-24
1
10:15:26
10:15:26
10:15:26
F25-29
1
10:46:34
10:46:34
10:46:34
F30-34
1
09:52:20
09:52:20
09:52:20
F35-39
1
10:20:34
10:20:34
10:20:34
F40-44
1
10:10:16
10:10:16
10:10:16
F45-49
1
10:54:30
10:54:30
10:54:30
F50-54
1
10:51:22
10:51:22
10:51:22
F55-59
1
11:36:17
11:36:17
11:36:17
F60-64
1
13:11:18
13:11:18
13:11:18

Based on the results I’ve calculated the Kona slot allocation for Brazil and from the the automatic qualification times. Exact slot allocation may vary slightly and roll down will influence the final qualifying times too. You can compare this with other races at my Kona qualification page.

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

For the biggest age groups – 40 to 50 year old men – this years race was one of the fastest. The picture is more varied in other, smaller age groups. For the most part the trend is around the average for the decade with a few age groups coming in noticeably slower too.

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

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