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2016 IRONMAN All World Athlete Champions announced

WEYMOUTH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 11: during Ironman Weymouth on September 11, 2016 in Weymouth, England. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

After a successful year of competition in 2016, IRONMAN has announced the overall IRONMAN All World Athlete (AWA) Champions for each age group category. IRONMAN 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 2016 season. Racers were rewarded for their top three performances throughout the year, with the combined points determining the champion for each division.

The 31 overall IRONMAN All World Athlete Champions represented 10 different countries, with 20 champions hailing from the United States (twelve female, eight male). Australia had the second-most champions with three (two female, one male). Other countries represented were Denmark and Germany, both with one female Age Group Champion, and Brazil, Canada, Columbia, France, Japan, and the United Kingdom, each with one male Age Group Champion. The most represented states in the US were California, Colorado and Illinois, each with four athletes.

Over 24,800 athletes worldwide accrued enough points in 2016 to earn the designation of IRONMAN All World Athlete. The United States led the country standings with 8,256 athletes, followed by Australia (2,047), Germany (1,432), the United Kingdom (1,486), Canada (1,185) and Brazil (718).

To earn IRONMAN All World Athlete status, competitors must finish the season within the top 10% 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%), Silver (top 5%) and Gold (top 1%).

Globally launched 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. Beginning this year, IRONMAN has also added a new designation of All Country Athlete. This ranks athletes’ yearly performances within their represented countries. Athletes who finish the season in the Top 10% of their country will now be 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, IRONMAN 70.3 and sprint-distance events:

 

Age Group

Athlete

City

State/Province

Country

FEMALE

 

 

 

 

F18-24

Katrine Brock

Sonderjylland

Sonderborg      

Denmark

F25-29

Stefanie Kuhnert

Germany

F30-34

Jacqui Giuliano

Oakwood Hills

IL

United States

F35-39

Hailey Manning

Redwood City

CA

United States

F40-44

Jodie Browning

Longreach

QLD

Australia

F45-49

Heidi Sowerby

Burleigh Heads

QLD

Australia

F50-54

Julie Dunkle

Encinitas

CA

United States

F55-59

Aida Wasilewski

San Juan Capistrano

CA

United States

F60-64

Sydney Tervort

Salt Lake City

UT

United States

F65-69

Sandi Wiebe

Boulder

CO

United States

F70-74

Natalie Grabow

Mountain Lakes

NJ

United States

F75-79

Lis Heckmann

Lehigh Acres

FL

United States

Maryann Galietta

Doylestown

PA

United States

F80-84

Katie Colgan Martin

Belleville

IL

United States

PC

Kathleen Rooy

Little Silver

NJ

United States

HC

Minda Dentler

New York

NY

United States

 

Age Group

Athlete

City

State/ Province

Country

MALE

 

 

 

 

M18-24

JP Giblin

Denver

CO

United States

M25-29

Reece Barclay

Chingford

London

United Kingdom

M30-34

Ryan Giuliano

Oakwood Hills

IL

United States

M35-39

Juan Valencia

Medellin

Antioquia

Colombia

M40-44

Steve Johnson

Longmont

CO

United States

M45-49

Pedro Cerize

São Paulo

Intl State

Brazil

M50-54

Pierre Heynemand

Notre-Dame-des-Prairies

QC

Canada

M55-59

Ken Raupach

McMahons Point

NSW

Australia

M60-64

Kurt Madden

Rancho Cucamonga

CA

United States

M65-69

Mike Wien

Marietta

GA

United States

M70-74

Simon Butterworth

Lafayette

CO

United States

M75-79

John Weber

New York

NY

United States

M80-84

Hiromu Inada

Yachiyodaihigashi, Yachiyo-shi,

Chiba

Japan

M85-89

Bob Scott

Naperville

IL

United States

PC

Jean-Marie Buchot

Toulouse

France

HC

Robert Buren

Oakville

ON

Canada

 

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 can be found online.

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IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, ‘provide more than 680,000 participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings’. The iconic IRONMAN series of events is billed as the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN brand in 1978, through a single race in Hawaii, IRONMAN has grown to become a global series with more than 260 events across 44 countries.

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