Ironman Barcelona 2019: Age Group Results and Kona Qualification

Today’s analysis is for Ironman Barcelona a big event with almost 3,000 athletes making the start line. While it’s a large race Barcelona has the standard Kona slot allocation of 40 slots for the Ironman World Championship. The course is fast, a good choice for PBs, but probably a poorer choice for qualification as times are competitive. The 2019 race is consistent with previous years of racing in Barcelona.

Distribution of Finisher Splits at Ironman Barcelona 2019 Compared with 2014-2018

Comparing the charts for 2019 with the amalgamated results from 2014-2018 shows incredibly similar distributions. The swim data matches closely to previous editions. Bike and run trend subtly faster, but the shift in each is very small. When we come to the overall distributions this means 2019 is perhaps a fraction faster. The difference is a matter of a minutes and hardly significant – it would be fair to describe 2019 as a typical year of racing in Barcelona.

DNF Rates at Ironman Barcelona
Year
Starters
Finishers
Swim DNF
Bike DNF
Run DNF
Overall DNF
DQs
2014
2214
1944
3.9%
3.1%
5.8%
12.2%
59
2015
2227
2056
3.5%
1%
3.4%
7.7%
21
2016
2483
2346
1%
2.4%
2.3%
5.5%
18
2017
2571
2418
0.5%
2.9%
2.7%
6%
7
2018
2713
2467
1.5%
4.3%
3.6%
9.1%
32
2019
2950
2766
1.1%
2.7%
2.6%
6.2%
20

DNF rates for this year’s race remain inline with past years. At 6.2% rates are normal for an Ironman, suggesting conditions were fine for racing.

Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2019
Median Splits by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2014-2018

As with the distributions the differences in age group medians are small when comparing this year with the past. When times are so close we see small variations across age groups with some faster than the amalgamated results and some slower. Changes are not significant though.

Top 10 Nationalities at Ironman Barcelona
Country
Count
Percentage
United Kingdom
526
17.8
Spain
371
12.6
France
198
6.7
Ireland
181
6.1
Russian Federation
167
5.7
Germany
153
5.2
Finland
115
3.9
Italy
95
3.2
Poland
82
2.8
Puerto Rico
69
2.3
Ironman Barcelona 2019 Predicted Kona Qualifiers by Country
Country
Percentage of Slots
Percentage of Field
Germany
25.0
5.3
Belgium
12.5
1.9
France
10.0
6.9
United Kingdom
10.0
18.2
Spain
10.0
12.9
Finland
5.0
4.0
Netherlands
5.0
1.9
Slovenia
2.5
0.3
United States
2.5
2.4
Malta
2.5
0.1
Latvia
2.5
0.1
Denmark
2.5
1.1
Kazakhstan
2.5
1.5
Russian Federation
2.5
5.8

Barcelona draws a wide field, with UK athletes making up the largest single nationality. Kona slots are spread equally widely across the field.

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

Comparing the changes in times for specific age group positions shows the consistency of this race over the years. In the smaller divisions, such as the under 25s, there is more variability towards the back of the age group. In the large age groups, between 30 and 50, times are very consistent over the 6 years of results.

Ironman Barcelona 2019 Predicted Kona Qualification Times
Age Group
Slots
Winner
Final Qualifier
10th Place
M18-24
1
08:41:49
08:41:49
10:16:23
M25-29
2
08:40:50
08:41:10
09:09:59
M30-34
3
08:30:05
08:42:12
08:53:19
M35-39
4
08:27:56
08:40:11
08:49:49
M40-44
5
08:41:53
09:00:53
09:03:28
M45-49
5
08:47:23
09:07:52
09:21:28
M50-54
3
09:00:18
09:24:39
09:37:33
M55-59
2
09:19:29
09:24:58
10:00:37
M60-64
1
09:58:39
09:58:39
11:34:56
M65-69
1
10:15:08
10:15:08
 
M70-74
1
12:10:33
12:10:33
 
M75-79
1
No Finishers
 
 
F18-24
1
10:13:13
10:13:13
 
F25-29
1
09:37:52
09:37:52
11:25:54
F30-34
1
09:24:32
09:24:32
10:51:23
F35-39
1
09:46:04
09:46:04
10:49:10
F40-44
1
09:42:25
09:42:25
10:51:54
F45-49
1
09:22:49
09:22:49
11:13:17
F50-54
1
09:57:23
09:57:23
11:55:23
F55-59
1
11:17:55
11:17:55
15:24:04
F60-64
1
12:40:18
12:40:18
 
F65-69
1
12:26:08
12:26:08
 
F70-74
1
No Finishers
 
 

Based on the start list I’ve calculated the Kona slot allocation for this race and from that the automatic qualifying times in each age group. As always I do not factor roll down into these calculations, this means the M75-79 and F70-74 slots will have been added into other age groups. You can compare this with other races on my Kona qualification page.

Top Twenty Male Performances and 70.3 Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2019
Top Twenty Female Performances and 70.3 Qualification by Age Group at Ironman Barcelona 2019

Finishing up with the top twenty in each age group, this year’s race was generally faster than average. The majority of male age groups see a faster top twenty, in some instances the fastest top twenty for the course. This is less pronounced, but still present for most of the women’s age groups too. So while the change in the distributions and medians is small, it is noticeable at the front of pack.

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

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