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Kona 2023

If you are looking for the 2022 Kona qualifiers, check out this page.

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

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type
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

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type
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.)

# Name Nation Race Date Slot Type
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:

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

Date Race Prize Purse MPRO WPRO
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
7-May-23 IM Australia $75.000 2 2
20-May-23 IM Lanzarote $25.000 2 2
28-May-23 IM Brazil $25.000 3 3
4-Jun-23 IM Hamburg $75.000 5  
18-Jun-23 IM Cairns $150.000 4 4
18-Jun-23 IM Austria $100.000 2 2
25-Jun-23 IM France $50.000 3  
25-Jun-23 IM Coeur d’Alene $100.000 4 3
2-Jul-23 IM Frankfurt $75.000   4
9-Jul-23 IM Switzerland $50.000 2  
16-Jul-23 IM Vitoria $50.000   2
23-Jul-23 IM Lake Placid $100.000 2 2
19-Aug-23 IM Sweden $50.000   2
20-Aug-23 IM Mont Tremblant $50.000   2
Open Slots     40 39
Already Assigned Previous races and Champions   15 16
2023 Slots Total number of slots   55 55
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