The Kona qualifiers from Ironman Hamburg

After the swim was cancelled, Ironman Hamburg became a 6 km/ 180 km/ 42.2 km duathlon. A look at the times it took to make it to the Ironman World Championship.

| August 2, 2018 | RACES

Early on the bike at the Ironman World Championship. Ironman Hamburg saw 40 athletes earn their spots to compete in Kona.

Early on the bike at the Ironman World Championship. Ironman Hamburg saw 40 athletes earn their spots to compete in Kona.

Photo >Nils Flieshardt / spomedis

After blue-green algae forced the cancellation of the swim in the Alster Lake, Ironman Hamburg became a 6 km run/ 180 km bike/ 42.2 km event. The day featured next-to-no wind, but was considerably hotter than usual in the city in the north of Germany. Under these conditions, Hawaii qualifying times were different this year than last - the lack of a swim and the flat, fast bike course led to very fast times. Here are the qualifying times for the age group competitors to Hawaii.

Some interesting notes:      

Jürgen Knapp (M70-74) heads to Hawaii as the oldest qualifier. The 72-year-old not only completed the course in an impressive 11:23:48, but was ten minutes faster than runner-up, Dr. Ulrich Prätsch.     

The largest number of qualifiers swim in the M40-44 age group: There were five Hawaii places according to the quota, which is determined based on the ratio of starters in each age groups. Finishing in 10th, Spaniard Alfonso Monclus got his Hawaii ticket thanks to the roll down.

There weren't too many roll down spots for the women. The W45-49 category, where there were two places, did see a Kona slot roll down to sixth.

    AGEGROUP

    QUALIFYING SLOTS

    TIME FOR AUTOMATIC QUALIFYING

    LAST POSITION TO QUALIFY

    TIME TO QUALIFY

    F18-24

    1

    9:47:27

    1

    9:47:27

    F25-29

    1

    8:56:51

    2

    9:06:09

    F30-34

    1

    8:59:44

    5

    9:37:59

    F35-39

    1

    9:05:17

    1

    9:05:17

    F40-44

    2

    9:38:54

    2

    9:38:54

    F45-49

    2

    9:36:16

    6

    10:02:28

    F50-54

    1

    9:14:02

    1

    9:14:02

    F55-59

    1

    10:29:59

    1

    10:29:59

    F60-64

    1

    11:16:17

    1

    11:16:17

    M18-24

    1

    7:59:47

    1

    7:59:47

    M25-29

    2

    8:02:46

    4

    8:08:33

    M30-34

    3

    8:14:29

    4

    8:14:59

    M35-39

    4

    8:11:51

    5

    8:14:03

    M40-44

    5

    8:34:37

    10

    8:40:25

    M45-49

    5

    8:38:25

    6

    8:39:16

    M50-54

    4

    8:48:46

    5

    8:55:27

    M55-59

    2

    9:29:41

    2

    9:29:41

    M60-64

    1

    9:36:36

    2

    9:44:47

    M65-69

    1

    10:49:40

    2

    11:11:42

    M70-74

    1

    11:23:48

    1

    11:23:48

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