For the first time, Ironman has announced a group of amateur triathletes who have earned the designation of an “All World Athlete” Champion for their age-group categories. These athletes earned ranking points throughout the 2013 season by competing in various Ironman events. Athletes accumulated points for their top three performances throughout the year.
The 28 overall AWA Champions represented nine different countries with 14 champions hailing from the United States (eight female, six male). Australia had the second-most champions with five (four female, one male), while Canada and Switzerland rounded out the top three with two champions each. The most represented state was New York which was represented by three champions (two female, one male).
Over 14,500 athletes worldwide accrued enough points to earn the designation All World Athlete. The United States led the AWA country standings with 5,758 athletes, followed by Australia (1,818), Canada (902), Germany (783) and the United Kingdom (592).
Globally launched in 2013, the Age Group Rankings 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.
Complete results and more information about the program are available at Ironman.com/Ranking.
Below are the winners in each respective division:
|F18-24||Carolina Dementiev||Panama||Panama||Intl State|
|F30-34||Sonja Wieck||U.S.||Greenwood Village||CO|
|F35-39||Valentina Kislukhina||Russian Federation||Moscow||Intl State|
|F40-44||Karen Ponette-Maldonado||U.S.||The Woodlands||TX|
|F50-54||Mary Mitchell||Australia||North Adelaide||SA|
|F55-59||Nancy Cullen||Australia||South Australia||SA|
|F60-64||Beryl Wilson||Australia||Camden Head||Intl State|
|F65-69||Karla Mckinlay||Australia||Shepparton||Intl State|
|F75-79||Harriet Anderson||U.S.||San Carlos||CA|
|M18-24||Tim Russell||U.S.||Saratoga Springs||NY|
|M25-29||Samuel Murphy||New Zealand||Barrington||Intl State|
|M30-34||Simon Schober||Switzerland||Zurich||Intl State|
|M35-39||Ivan O Gorman||U.S.||Boulder||CO|
|M40-44||Olaf Kasten||Hong Kong||Hong Kong||Intl State|
|M50-54||Sten Orsvärn||Sweden||Skarpnäck||Intl State|
|M55-59||John Hill||Australia||Tamarama||Intl State|
|M65-69||Hermann Hefti||Switzerland||Schoenenberg||Intl State|
|M75-79||John Weber||U.S.||New York||NY|