How fast did you have to go in Frankfurt to make it to Kona?

75 for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii were up for grabs at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt. Here's how fast you had to go to get one of those qualifying spots.

| July 15, 2017 | RACES

Photo >Michael Rauschendorfer

Can you imagine being an age group competitor, going under 9 hours and not getting a Kona slot? That's what happened to Switzerland's Jean-Claude Besse, who finished the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt in 8:56:40 hours and was the fastest "non-qualifier" at last Sunday's race. The pace was fast in all the age groups, if you were a 35-year-old woman you needed to go 9:40:38 to get a Kona slot, while for the men 50 to 54 a 9:39:37 meant you were Hawaii bound.

Some athletes were a bit more fortunate. While there were 12 slots in the men's 40 to 44 age group, the final qualifying slot rolled down to the 23rd finisher.

Age group

Number of slots

Last qualifier place

Time

F18-24

1

1

11:26:46

F25-29

1

1

10:07:19

F30-34

2

2

10:07:03

F35-39

2

3

09:40:38

F40-44

2

2

10:02:57

F45-49

2

5

10:42:16

F50-54

1

1

10:25:20

F55-59

1

1

11:24:40

F60-64

1

1

11:52:49

M18-24

1

1

09:10:25

M25-29

4

5

08:51:02

M30-34

8

10

09:05:56

M35-39

10

13

09:27:49

M40-44

12

23

09:27:20

M45-49

11

15

09:45:14

M50-54

8

11

09:39:37

M55-59

4

29

11:35:42

M60-64

2

3

11:14:23

M65-69

1

12

14:13:21

M70-74

1

1

12:09:31

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