In early December 2022, Ironman announced that they will split the male and female World Championship events.This was further clarified in January 2023: The men’s World Championship race will be held on September 10th in Nice, France, while the women’s race will be on October 14th in Kona. For 2024, the locations will switch: The women’s race will be in Nice while the men’s race will be in Kona. For practical purposes, I will continue to call this page “Kona 2023”.
(Note: You can sort the tables below by clicking on the column headers.)
Females Qualified for Kona
|1||Ryf, Daniela||SUI||IM World Championships||2022-05-07||Champion|
|2||Haug, Anne||GER||IM World Championships||2019-10-12||Champion|
|3||Lane, Chloe||AUS||IM Wisconsin||2022-09-11||Race|
|4||Thoes, Svenja||GER||IM Italy||2022-09-18||Race|
|5||Sodaro, Chelsea||USA||IM World Championships||2022-10-06||Champion|
|6||Charles-Barclay, Lucy||GBR||IM World Championships||2022-10-06||Podium|
|7||Knibb, Taylor||USA||70.3 World Championship||2022-10-28||70.3 Champion|
|8||Moench, Skye||USA||IM Arizona||2022-11-20||Race|
|9||True, Sarah||USA||IM Arizona||2022-11-20||Race|
|10||Frades Larralde, Gurutze||ESP||IM Cozumel||2022-11-20||Race|
|11||Norden, Lisa||SWE||IM Cozumel||2022-11-20||Race|
|12||Astle, Ruth||GBR||IM Israel||2022-11-25||Race|
|13||Bleymehl, Daniela||GER||IM Israel||2022-11-25||Race|
|14||Riveros, Barbara||CHI||IM Israel||2022-11-25||Race|
|15||Crowley, Sarah||AUS||IM Western Australia||2022-12-04||Race|
|16||Visser, Els||NED||IM Western Australia||2022-12-04||Race|
Males Qualified for Nice
|1||Lange, Patrick||GER||IM World Championships||2018-10-13||Champion|
|2||Frodeno, Jan||GER||IM World Championships||2019-10-12||Champion|
|3||Blummenfelt, Kristian||NOR||IM World Championships||2022-05-07||Champion|
|4||Skipper, Joe||GBR||IM Wales||2022-09-11||Race|
|5||McMahon, Brent||CAN||IM Wisconsin||2022-09-11||Race|
|6||Iden, Gustav||NOR||IM World Championships||2022-10-06||Champion|
|7||Laidlow, Sam||FRA||IM World Championships||2022-10-06||Podium|
|8||Hanson, Matt||USA||IM Arizona||2022-11-20||Race|
|9||Elbaek Ditlev, Magnus||DEN||IM Cozumel||2022-11-20||Race|
|10||van Berkel, Jan||SUI||IM Cozumel||2022-11-20||Race|
|11||Baekkegard, Daniel||DEN||IM Israel||2022-11-25||Race|
|12||Barnaby, Gregory||ITA||IM Israel||2022-11-25||Race|
|13||Chevrot, Denis||FRA||IM Israel||2022-11-25||Race|
|14||McKenna, Steven||AUS||IM Western Australia||2022-12-04||Race|
|15||Neumann, Max||AUS||IM Western Australia||2022-12-04||Race|
Athletes who Deferred Their Slot
All male athletes who qualified before the announcement of Nice as the location of the male 2023 Ironman World Championships were given the option to defer their slots to 2024, including the Pros. This table lists the athletes who took this deferral option. (The slots for the 2023 qualifying races have been adjusted accordingly, as will the 2024 races.)
|1||Kanute, Ben||USA||IM Arizona||2022-11-20||Race|
Athletes who Declined Their Slot
Explanation of Slot Types
Here are some more details on the different slot types:
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.
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.
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.
- Wild Card
For special circumstances, Ironman gives out wild cards for Kona.
- 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.
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.
Validation of AQ slots (previous Champions, Kona podium and 70.3 Champion) is NOT required for 2023, I have removed all “NV” designations from the Automatic Qualifiers.
Upcoming Qualifying Races
The following table shows the current Pro schedule and number of Nice and Kona 2023 qualifying slots.
|4-Mar-23||IM New Zealand||$100.000||2||2|
|5-Mar-23||IM African Championship||$150.000||4||4|
|22-Apr-23||IM Texas- The Americas Championship||$175.000||5||5|
|25-Jun-23||IM Coeur d’Alene||$100.000||4||3|
|23-Jul-23||IM Lake Placid||$100.000||2||2|
|20-Aug-23||IM Mont Tremblant||$50.000||2|
|Already Assigned||Previous races and Champions||15||16|
|2023 Slots||Total number of slots||55||55|