Ironman World Championship qualifying spots from Ironman Frankfurt 2018

Windy conditions, summer heat, five extra kilometers of biking - the times required to qualify for the Ironman World Championship at the Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt were slower than previous years.

| July 10, 2018 | RACES

Photo >Frank Wechsel

Thanks to a 185 km bike course, windy conditions and a hot day, qualifying times in Frankfurt were much slower than in years past. In some age groups, where a sub-9 performance is typically required to make it to Kona, a 9:32 did the trick.

Some notes from the qualifiers:     

  • Frankfurt is the European Championship and as a regional championship offers 80 qualifying spots for the Ironman World Championship. However, with the race's status, tradition and reputation, the competition tends to be very strong, so it isn't typically any easier to get a qualifying spot. 
  • Almost all of the women who qualified took their slots. Only in the women's 45-49 category which had two slots, did we see a roll down - the fifth-place finisher ended up getting the second spot. There was an hour difference between the places: 10:31:22 was the time of the second-place finisher, 11:28:05 was the fifth-place finisher's time.     
  • In the men's 30-34 there were seven qualifying slots based on the number of competitors in the age category. Poland's Mariusz Pirek finished 18th and managed to get a Kona slot thanks to the roll down. In terms of time comparisons, the seventh-place finisher went 9:15:11 hours, Pirek finished in 9:35:06.
  • The fastest non-qualifier in Frankfurt was Italy's Luigi Manfrini, who was in the men's 35-39 category. He came 13th, and was only five seconds behind the final qualifier's time of 9:32:43 hours. (There were ten places and two athletes chose not to take their spots.)
  • Almost as close was the race for the final spot in the women's 30-34 age group, where the third-place finisher was just six seconds behind the second-place finisher.     
  • Günther Scheibehenne heads to Hawaii as the oldest qualifier from the men's 70-74 category. The veteran not only had a great race time of 12:38:13 thanks to a 1:30:09 swim, 6:35:28 bike and a 4:21:01 marathon. He also happens to be the German marathon champion in his age category thanks to his 3:18 hours time.

Hawaii Qualification from Ironman Frankfurt 2018

AGE GROUP

NUMBER OF SLOTS

TIME NEEDED FOR AUTOMATIC QUALIFICATION

PLACE OF LAST QUALIFIER

TIME OF LAST QUALIFIER

F18-24

1

10:47:52

1

10:47:52

F25-29

1

09:51:51

1

9:51:51

F30-34

2

10:18:27

2

10:18:27

F35-39

2

10:54:07

2

10:54:07

F40-44

2

10:41:00

2

10:41:00

F45-49

2

10:31:22

5

11:28:05

F50-54

2

11:29:25

2

11:29:25

F55-59

1

12:23:43

1

12:23:43

F60-64

1

13:09:58

1

13:09:58

M18-24

1

09:56:26

1

9:56:26

M25-29

3

09:22:52

9

9:54:24

M30-34

7

09:15:11

18

9:35:06

M35-39

10

09:28:58

12

9:32:38

M40-44

13

09:49:01

17

9:52:11

M45-49

13

09:48:38

18

9:59:42

M50-54

10

09:59:04

15

10:14:44

M55-59

5

10:24:31

5

10:24:31

M60-64

2

11:09:09

5

11:26:33

M65-69

1

11:57:23

1

11:57:23

M70-74

1

12:38:13

1

12:38:13

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