2017 Ironman All World Athlete Champions Announced
TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 11, 2018) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding Company, is proud to announce the overall IRONMAN All World Athlete™ (AWA) Champions for each Age Group category after a successful 2017 racing campaign. IRONMAN® triathlon athletes received the IRONMAN All World Athlete designation in their age groups by competing in multiple events and earning Age Group Ranking points during the 2017 season. Racers were rewarded for their top three performances throughout the year with the combined points determining the champion for each division.
The 29 overall IRONMAN All World Athlete Champions represented ten different countries with 9 champions hailing from the United States (six female, three male). Australia had the second-most champions with four (three female, one male). Other countries represented were: Germany with two female and one male, Brazil and Canada with one male champion, Italy with one male and one female champion, and Demark, Finland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, each with one female champion and Argentina, Japan and Poland with one male champion each. The most represented states in the U.S. were California, Illinois and Texas, each with two athletes.
Over 25,500 athletes worldwide (767 more than in 2016) accrued enough points in 2017 to earn the designation of IRONMAN All World Athlete. The United States led the country standings with 8,484 athletes, followed by Germany (1,549), the United Kingdom (1,526), Canada (1,338), Australia (1,326), and Brazil (822). To earn IRONMAN All World Athlete status, competitors must finish the season within the top 10 percent of their age group with their combined top three races. Athletes that have earned IRONMAN All World Athlete status are then classified into three levels: Bronze (top 10 percent), Silver (top five percent) and Gold (top one percent).
Launched globally in 2013, the Age Group Ranking program offers age-group athletes a way to earn points based on their race finishes and to measure their race performances against their fellow competitors regionally, as well as from around the world, in one cumulative system. For the second year, IRONMAN has also awarded the designation of All Country Athlete™ which ranks athletes’ yearly performances within their represented countries. Athletes who finish the season in the Top 10% of their country are recognized as an IRONMAN All Country Athlete. This allows competitors to see where they stand in comparison to their fellow countrymen and women.
Below are the winners in the overall IRONMAN All World Athlete category which includes performances from IRONMAN® events, IRONMAN® 70.3® events, 5150™ events, and select sprint-distance and multi-sport events:
For full results that include champions in all categories (Overall, IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3) and more information, including a list of frequently asked questions about the IRONMAN Age Group Ranking program, go to www.ironman.com/triathlon/organizations/all-world-athlete/agr-and-all-world-athlete.aspx. Inquiries about the program may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. For media-related inquiries, contact email@example.com.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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