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Ironman Tallinn 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

This week’s race analysis is for Ironman Tallinn a newcomer in its second year on the Ironman calendar. It’s a smaller race with a field under 1,000 athletes, but comes with the standard 40 age group Kona slots. As a new race there’s only a single previous year of results to compare.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Tallinn 2019 Compared with 2018

Comparing the two years of racing, this year’s event came in a little slower. This is mainly the product of a slower bike section – about 15 minutes slower at the median. That difference carries through to the overall split. Swim and run distributions don’t trend far from the previous year.

DNF Rates at Ironman Tallinn
Year
Starters
Finishers
Swim DNF
Bike DNF
Run DNF
Overall DNF
DQs
2018
1147
1072
3.5%
1.5%
1.9%
6.5%
14
2019
828
797
1.3%
1.8%
0.7%
3.7%
3

This year’s race had a low level of DNFs. A drop on the previous year and low by Ironman standards. Have a look at my article on DNF rates for more information on how this compares.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Tallinn 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Tallinn 2018

Distributions tend to mirror the trends of the distributions. Only the bike shows any consistency with slower median splits. There’s more variance for swim and run, particularly where age divisions are smaller.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Tallinn
Country
Count
Percentage
Estonia
156
17.1
Finland
148
16.3
United Kingdom
102
11.2
Russia
94
10.3
China
34
3.7
Italy
28
3.1
Poland
28
3.1
Germany
26
2.9
Sweden
23
2.5
Ireland
21
2.3
Ironman Tallinn 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
United Kingdom
17.5
11.2
Estonia
12.5
17.1
Finland
12.5
16.3
Belgium
7.5
1.1
Netherlands
5.0
0.5
France
5.0
1.9
Russia
5.0
10.3
Ukraine
2.5
2.1
Czech Republic
2.5
0.9
Denmark
2.5
1.1
Germany
2.5
2.9
United States
2.5
1.8
Austria
2.5
0.7
Norway
2.5
0.9
Italy
2.5
3.1
Greece
2.5
0.4
Sweden
2.5
2.5
Ireland
2.5
2.3
Switzerland
2.5
1.0
Romania
2.5
0.5

There was a very wide ranging field at this race, with slots distributed broadly.

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

There’s not a huge history of results to track finishing positions over. For the most part age group times are slower for specific positions. This isn’t completely consistent and some age group front runners were faster this year.

Ironman Tallinn 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Average Kona Qualifier
Final Qualifier
M18-24
1
09:48:13
09:48:13
09:48:13
M25-29
2
08:19:54
08:37:40
08:55:26
M30-34
4
08:57:17
08:59:47
09:01:32
M35-39
5
08:54:02
09:04:33
09:18:22
M40-44
5
08:49:53
09:10:00
09:29:59
M45-49
4
09:26:07
09:31:51
09:36:27
M50-54
3
09:27:22
09:34:43
09:44:07
M55-59
2
09:45:54
09:59:33
10:13:12
M60-64
1
10:21:06
10:21:06
10:21:06
M65-69
1
10:57:02
10:57:02
10:57:02
M70-74
1
15:37:22
15:37:22
15:37:22
M75-79
1
No Finishers
 
 
F18-24
1
15:02:37
15:02:37
15:02:37
F25-29
1
09:48:14
09:48:14
09:48:14
F30-34
1
09:28:46
09:28:46
09:28:46
F35-39
1
09:34:50
09:34:50
09:34:50
F40-44
1
10:11:40
10:11:40
10:11:40
F45-49
1
10:21:28
10:21:28
10:21:28
F50-54
1
10:28:55
10:28:55
10:28:55
F55-59
1
12:27:30
12:27:30
12:27:30
F60-64
1
12:07:07
12:07:07
12:07:07
F65-69
1
15:32:45
15:32:45
15:32:45

Based on the start numbers I’ve calculated the expected Kona slot allocation and from that the automatic qualification times. Final numbers may have varied and roll down is not factored in. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

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

Finally comparing the top twenty in each age group we again see a broad pattern of slower times. The exceptions are there with a number of age groups where the front runners were faster. This tends to be in the larger age groups as before. So overall a slightly slower race, but still quite competitive for the Kona slots on offer.

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

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