The 2023 Kona Ironman World Championship Women’s Pro Start List, Race Numbers

We've compiled an updated start list for the women's 2023 Ironman World Championship in Kona, with insight and analysis on how the race is shaping up, and some stats about the pro field.

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With the conclusion of the last women’s qualifying events for the 2023 Hawaii Ironman World Championships last weekend, we have a rough picture of what the start line will look like in Kona in October. While there will certainly be some drops and potentially an invite/wildcard addition or two, for the most part the list below for the 2023 Hawaii Ironman World Championship will remain the same.

Read below for the list, placed in order of the most recent PTO ranking (Aug. 7) as of the final IMWC qualification event, along with a quick analysis of who’s racing, and some stats to help get a sense of what race day in Kona will look like.

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Pro Women Ironman World Championship Qualifiers: 2023

Surprisingly, the ranking composition of the women’s field almost exactly mirrors the men’s list with key athletes from the PTO top 20 missing on the start list in 2023. This year, there are eight women in the PTO top 20 not racing in Kona and only just over 50% of the PTO top 50 on the start line.

For the men, some guessed that the diminished amount of “top-ranked” talent at this year’s Ironman World Championship was due to the men’s location in Nice, France. However, with the women racing in the traditional IMWC spot and the numbers roughly matching, it shows that the rankings (which changed this year) might have more of an impact or—more likely—that athletes are finding more value out of the PTO Tour and placing less emphasis on IMWC.

That said, there is still a huge amount of talent scheduled to be on the line in Kona—returning winners like Anne Haug, Daniela Ryf, and reigning champion, Chelsea Sodaro. Missing are more mid-distance specialists like PTO number-one ranked Ashleigh Gentle (who has focused on the PTO Tour very heavily), Paula Findlay, Holly Lawrence, Emma Pallant-Browne, Tamara Jewett, and reigning Olympic champion Flora Duffy.

In terms of countries represented, the U.S. has substantially more than other nationalities in the women’s pro field, with traditional tri powerhouses like Australia, Germany, the U.K., and now France clustered behind.

The breakdown of the list as of 9/27 is below:

USA: 12

Germany: 7

Australia, United Kingdom: 6

France: 4

Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden: 2

Austria, Chile, Czech Republic, Poland Spain, Switzerland: 1

1 Chelsea Sodaro USA
2 Lucy Charles-Barclay UK
3 Anne Haug Germany
4 Daniela Ryf Switzerland
5 Taylor Knibb USA
6 Laura Philipp Germany
7 Lisa Norden Sweden
8 Fenella Langridge UK
9 Sarah Crowley Australia
10 Skye Moench USA
11 Laura Siddall GBR
12 Kat Matthews UK
14 Sarah True USA
15 Grutze Frades Larralde Spain
16 Kylie Simpson Australia
17 Lotte Wilms Netherlands
18 Ruth Astle UK
19 Els Visser Netherlands
20 Jodie Robertson USA
21 Pamella Oliveira Brazil
22 Rachel Zilinskas USA
23 Chloe Lane Australia
24 Jocelyn McCauley USA
25 Maja Stage Nielsen Denmark
26 Danielle Lewis USA
27 Rebecca Clarke New Zealand
28 Haley Chura USA
29 Svenja Thoes Germany
30 Radka Kahlefeldt Czech Republic
31 Daniela Belymehl Germany
32 Barbara Riveros Chile
33 Penny Slater Australia
34 Susie Cheetham UK
35 Lauren Brandon USA
36 Agnieszka Jerzyk Poland
37 Laura Zimmerman Germany
38 Laura Jansen Germany
39 Hannah Berry New Zealand
40 Jeanne Collonge France
41 Jen Annett Canada
42 Melanie McQuaid Canada
43 Leonie Konczalla Germany
44 Fiona Moriarty Ireland
45 Sara Svensk Sweden
46 Kate Gillespie-Jones Australia
47 Justine Mathieux France
48 Alexandra Watt USA
49 Sarah Thomas UK
50 Mariana Borges De Andrade Brazil
51 Hilary Hughes Ireland
52 Laura Brown Australia
53 Carla Dahan France
54 Manon Genet France
55 Michelle Vesterby Denmark

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