Kona 2021

Pro Athletes Qualified for Kona 2021

After being forced to cancel the Kona 2020 race, Ironman has moved the athletes qualified for 2020 to the 2021 race. They have also lifted the validation requirement for the Automatic qualifiers.

For details on Kona Pro Qualifying, check out my post explaining the elements of the system (even if the rules are suspended for the 2021 season to allow for flexible reactions to race cancellations). If you’re looking for the 2019 Kona qualifiers, check out this page.

(Note: You can sort the tables below by clicking on the column headers.)

Females Qualified for Kona

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type
1 Carfrae, Mirinda AUS IM Hawaii 2014-10-11 Champion
2 Ryf, Daniela SUI IM Hawaii 2018-10-13 Champion, 70.3
3 Corbin, Linsey USA IM Wisconsin 2019-09-08 Race
4 Mitchell, Simone GBR IM Wales 2019-09-15 Race
5 Lehrieder, Carolin GER IM Italy 2019-09-21 Race
6 Naeth, Angela CAN IM Chattanooga 2019-09-29 Race
7 Svensk, Sara SWE IM Barcelona 2019-10-06 Race
8 Haug, Anne GER IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Champion
9 Charles-Barclay, Lucy GBR IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Kona Podium
10 Crowley, Sarah AUS IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Kona Podium
11 Kortekaas, Tessa NED IM Malaysia 2019-10-26 Race
12 Jackson, Heather USA IM Arizona 2019-11-24 Race
13 Kessler, Meredith USA IM Arizona 2019-11-24 Race
14 Lester, Carrie AUS IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
15 Stage Nielsen, Maja DEN IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
16 Vesterby, Michelle DEN IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
17 Adam, Teresa NZL IM Western Australia 2019-12-01 Race
18 Piampiano, Sarah USA IM Western Australia 2019-12-01 Race
19 Corachan Vaquera, Judith ESP IM New Zealand 2020-03-07 Race
20 McBride, Rach CAN IM New Zealand 2020-03-07 Race
21 Watkinson, Amelia NZL IM Cairns 2020-09-27 Race
22 Astle, Ruth GBR IM Florida 2020-11-07 Race
23 Matthews, Katrina GBR IM Florida 2020-11-07 Race
24 Moench, Skye USA IM Florida 2020-11-07 Race

Males Qualified for Kona

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type
1 Lange, Patrick GER IM Hawaii 2018-10-13 Champion
2 Aguayo Munoz, Emilio ESP IM Wisconsin 2019-09-08 Race
3 Iden, Gustav NOR 70.3 World Championship 2019-09-08 70.3
4 Guilloux, Arnaud FRA IM Wales 2019-09-15 Race
5 Wurf, Cameron AUS IM Italy 2019-09-21 Race
6 Long, Sam USA IM Chattanooga 2019-09-29 Race
7 Angert, Florian GER IM Barcelona 2019-10-06 Race
8 Frodeno, Jan GER IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Champion
9 Kienle, Sebastian GER IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Kona Podium
10 O’Donnell, Timothy USA IM Hawaii 2019-10-12 Kona Podium
11 Gomez, Javier ESP IM Malaysia 2019-10-26 Race
12 Hoffman, Ben USA IM Florida 2019-11-02 Race
13 Skipper, Joe GBR IM Florida 2019-11-02 Race
14 Butterfield, Tyler BMU IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
15 De Elias, Mario ARG IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
16 Weiss, Michael AUT IM Cozumel 2019-11-24 Race
17 Brownlee, Alistair GBR IM Western Australia 2019-12-01 Race
18 Burton, Matt AUS IM Western Australia 2019-12-01 Race
19 Currie, Braden NZL IM New Zealand 2020-03-07 Race
20 Phillips, Mike NZL IM New Zealand 2020-03-07 Race
21 Neumann, Max AUS IM Cairns 2020-09-27 Race
22 Dreitz, Andreas GER IM Florida 2020-11-07 Race
23 Hanson, Matt USA IM Florida 2020-11-07 Race
24 Leiferman, Chris USA IM Florida 2020-11-07 Race

Athletes who Declined Their Slot

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type

Explanation of Slot Types

Here are some more details on the different slot types:

  • Champion
    Kona Winners receive a slot for the next five years. This slot has to be verified by finishing at least one Ironman outside of Kona. If an athlete has not validated his/her champion slot, “(NV)” is added. (The date shown is the date of the most recent win.)
  • Kona Podium
    Second- and third-place finishers in Kona receive a slot for next year’s Kona race. This slot has to be verified by finishing at least one Ironman outside of Kona. If an athlete has not validated his/her Kona Podium slot, “(NV)” is added.
  • 70.3
    The winners of the 70.3 Championships receive a slot for next year’s Kona race. This slot has to be verified by finishing at least one Ironman outside of Kona. If an athlete has not validated his/her 70.3 slot, “(NV)” is added.
  • Race
    This is the “normal” way of qualifying by winning or finishing close to the front in an Ironman race. There is no additional validation requirement for this type of slot.
  • Will Not Start
    Athletes who have received a slot but have indicated that they won’t race Kona. Reasons could be different plans or injuries. According to the rules by Ironman, these slots won’t be reassigned to another athlete. The names will also be crossed out.
  • Declined
    Athletes who declined a slot they earned in one of the qualifying races. It’s unlikely but if they get another in another race, they might still accept that “second” slot.

Upcoming Qualifying Races

Ironman has started to post the 2021 Professional Racing schedule. I have extracted the Kona qualifying races as they are now, but there may be additions – or Covid-19 may force the cancellation of some races.

Date Race Prize Purse MPRO WPRO Unassigned
Slots
6-Mar-21 IM New Zealand $50.000 1 1  
24-Apr-21 IM Texas $100.000 1 1 2
2-May-21 IM Australia $75.000 1 1 2
15-May-21 IM Mallorca $100.000 1 1 2
22-May-21 IM Lanzarote $25.000 1 1  
23-May-21 IM North American Championship, Tulsa $150.000 2 2 2
30-May-21 IM Brazil $25.000 1 1  
6-Jun-21 IM Asia Pacific Championship, Cairns $100.000 2 2  
6-Jun-21 IM Hamburg (WPRO) $50.000   2  
13-Jun-21 IM France Nice (MPRO) $50.000 2    
27-Jun-21 IM European Championship Frankfurt $150.000 2 2 2
4-Jul-21 IM Austria Kärnten (WPRO) $50.000   2  
11-Jul-21 IM Switzerland Thun (MPRO) $50.000 2    
25-Jul-21 IM Lake Placid $100.000 1 1 2
14-Aug-21 IM Finland, Kuopio Tahko (WPRO) $50.000   2  
21-Aug-21 IM Kalmar (MPRO) $50.000 2    
22-Aug-21 IM Mont Tremblant $75.000 1 1  
Open Slots     20 20 12
Already Assigned Previous races, including 70.3 Champions and Kona podium finishers   24 24  
Total   $1.250.000 44 44 12

The unassigned slots are proportionally assigned to the male and female Pros according to the number of Pro starters in the race.

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