When Ironman Hawaii meets the Formula 1
Jakob Ohlsen 10th March 2018
Have you ever wondered which nations are most successful at the Ironman World Championship in Kona? To find the best endurance nation we need a fair scoring system which takes a big enough number of athletes into account.
When I was looking for a good scoring system I checked out a number of other sports. Although it would be a great idea to take the athletes clothing, overall performance and style into account I had to scrap the idea to make use of the figureskating-scoring system, because there is just not enough data on the athletes B-score. I then took a look at the Formula 1 and derived a scoring method which is based on the point-system used in the fastest competition of motorsports.
The Formula 1 distributes the points as follows:
1st: 25 points
2nd: 18 points
3rd: 15 points
4th: 12 points
5th: 10 points
6th: 8 points
7th: 6 points
8th: 4 points
9th: 2 points
10th: 1 point
Because I wanted to take more than ten athletes into account I decided to distribute the points not just for the overall ranking, but for each age group, including the professional athletes. So Fidel Rotondaro, who won the age group M75-79 in an astonishing time of just 14:17:55 collected 25 points for Venezuela, just as Daniela Ryf collected 25 points for Switzerland.
Going through all results of the Ironman Hawaii 2017 I ended up with this overall nation ranking:
|#||Country||Points||Points/Athlete||In Top 10||Athletes|
|26||United Arab Emirates||18||18||1||1|