IRONMAN World Championship 2022: Pro qualifiers for Kona

The lowdown on which athletes have qualified for that return to the ‘Big Island’.


The IRONMAN World Championship at Kona is the event every elite athlete wants to win, but first they have to make sure they are among the qualifiers.

Typically held in Kailua-Kona, on the west coast of Hawaii Island (‘The Big Island’), the race brings together the very best long-distance triathletes on the planet to compete for the coveted title.

The inaugural event back in 1978 was the brainchild of US Navy Commander John Collins and his wife Judy, with 15 competitors taking on the gruelling course.

US Navy Communications Specialist Gordon Haller was crowned as the first-ever IRONMAN Champion, finishing in 11:46:58.

Due to the COVID pandemic, the last ‘Kona’ IRONMAN World Championship was held in October 2019. Following a series of postponements and date changes, there will actually be two IRONMAN World Championship events during 2022.

The postponed October 2021 edition took place in St George, Utah on May 7 2022 with Daniela Ryf and Kristian Blummenfelt taking the Pro titles.

The race is now scheduled to return – the subject of this particular feature – back to its spiritual home of Hawaii in October 2022.

ST GEORGE, UTAH - MAY 07: Kristian Blummenfelt of Norway celebrates as he wins the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships on May 07, 2022 in St George, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN

Dave Scott, Paula Newby-Fraser, Mark Allen and Natascha Badmann are among an array of athletes that have since etched their name into the event’s history by claiming multiple Ironman World Championship titles.

Jan Frodeno is the current course record holder for the men’s race, after his sensational 7:51:13 saw him clinch victory in 2019.

The year prior, Ryf clocked a course record for the women’s race, finishing in 8:26:18.

Kona 2022 qualifiers

There are still opportunities to come during 2022 for athletes to qualify for the return of the event to its spiritual home in early October.

Below is the list of names who have qualified already. We will update this during the season as the 2022 progresses. This list includes a total of 16 athletes (8 MPRO / 8 WPRO) who earned qualification at the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in St George in May.

PRO MEN (46)

  • Josh Amberger (Australia)
  • Igor Amorellia (Brazil)
  • Florian Angert (Germany)
  • Sam Appleton (Australia)
  • Daniel Bækkegård (Denmark)
  • Kristian Blummenfelt (Norway)
  • Kyle Buckingham (South Africa)
  • Matt Burton (Australia)
  • Leon Chevalier (France)
  • Denis Chevrot (France)
  • Maurice Clavel (Germany)
  • Reinaldo Collucci (Brazil)
  • Braden Currie (New Zealand)
  • Magnus Ditlev (Denmark)
  • Jan Frodeno (Germany)
  • Henrik Goesch (Finland)
  • Arnaud Guilloux (France)
  • Matthew Hanson (USA)
  • Ben Hoffman (United States)
  • Kristian Hogenhaug (Denmark)
  • Gustav Iden (Norway)
  • Robert Kallin (Sweden)
  • Sebastian Kienle (Germany)
  • Sam Laidlow (France)
  • Patrick Lange (Germany)
  • Chris Leiferman (USA)
  • Sam Long (USA)
  • Andre Lopes (BRA)
  • Mathias Lyngsø Petersen (Denmark)
  • David McNamee (Great Britain)
  • Clement Mignon (France)
  • Max Neumann (Australia)
  • Tim O’Donnell (USA)
  • Lionel Sanders (Canada)
  • Paul Schuster (Germany)
  • Joe Skipper (United Kingdom)
  • Kyle Smith (New Zealand)
  • Jesper Svensson (Sweden)
  • Luciano Taccone (Argentina)
  • Matt Trautmann (South Africa)
  • Jan Van Berkel (Switzerland)
  • Tim Van Berkel (Australia)
  • Kenneth Vandendriessche (Belgium)
  • Rudy Von Berg (USA)
  • Bradley Weiss (South Africa)
  • Robert Wilkowiecki (Poland)


  • Jen Annett (Canada)
  • Ruth Astle (Great Britain)
  • Nikki Bartlett (Great Britain)
  • Kate Bevilaqua (Australia)
  • Daniela Bleymehl (Germany)
  • Lauren Brandon (USA)
  • Lucy Charles-Barclay (Great Britain)
  • Susie Cheetham (Great Britain)
  • Rebecca Clarke (Australia)
  • Linsey Corbin (USA)
  • Sarah Crowley (Australia)
  • Elisabetta Curridori (Italy)
  • Dimity-Lee Duke (Australia)
  • Petra Eggenschwiler (Switzerland)
  • Kelly Fillnow (USA)
  • Gurutze Frades Larralde (Spain)
  • Manon Genet (France)
  • Heini Hartikainen (Finland)
  • Anne Haug (Germany)
  • Elena Illeditsch (Germany)
  • Heather Jackson (United States)
  • Radka Kahlefeldt (Australia)
  • Renee Kiley (Australia)
  • Fenella Langridge (Great Britain)
  • Kristin Liepold (Germany)
  • Justine Mathieux (France)
  • Kat Matthews (Great Britain)
  • Jocelyn McCauley (USA)
  • Skye Moench (USA)
  • Beatriz Neres (Brazil)
  • Magda Nieuwoudt (South Africa)
  • Lisa Norden (Sweden)
  • Pamella Oliveira (Brazil)
  • Laura Philipp (Germany)
  • Jade Nicole Roberts (South Africa)
  • Daniela Ryf (Switzerland)
  • Joanna Ryter (Switzerland)
  • Laura Siddall (Great Britain)
  • Kylie Simpson (Australia)
  • Penny Slater (Australia)
  • Chelsea Sodaro (USA)
  • Maja Stage-Nielsen (Denmark)
  • Sara Svensk (Sweden)
  • Svenja Thoes (Germany)
  • Els Visser (Netherlands)
  • Annah Watkinson (South Africa)
  • Laura Zimmermann (Germany)

Kona 2022 qualifiers – upcoming races

The next full-distance IRONMAN events on the schedule, where professional athletes can earn qualification include IRONMAN Austria (3 July) and then a 10 July European duo of IRONMAN Vitoria (Spain) and IRONMAN Thun (Switzerland).

Austria is a Male Pro only race (one slot), while there are are two slots each available in Vitoria (Men) and Thun (Women)

VITORIA, SPAIN - JULY 14: Athlete Eneko Llanos of Spain celebrates winning the men's race of Ironman Vitoria-Gasteiz on July 14, 2019 in Vitoria, Spain. (Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images for IRONMAN

When is IRONMAN Kona 2022?

The IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii will take place over two days in 2022. As announced in September 2021, the Pro women will race on Thursday October 6 and the Pro men on Saturday October 8.

The exact start times are to be confirmed nearer to race day, along with details of the live broadcast coverage.

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