Skipper and True on the rise

The latest PTO World Rankings are out, and the results from last weekend’s big races at IRONMAN Arizona and IRONMAN Cozumel are the primary source of moves in the new top-20.

After second place at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship recently moved Ben Kanute from 28th to 16th, third place in his IRONMAN debut further improved his standing to #10. The difference between 28th and 10th at the end of the year? That’s an additional $25,000!

Race winner in Arizona, Joe Skipper, looks set to boost his Christmas bonus too, jumping six places from 14th to #8. If that sticks until the end of the year – and there are not too many events left for others to leapfrog him – that’ll be a $40,000 thank you from PTO coffers. Matt Hanson also improved three places, now sitting 14th.

For the Arizona women, Sarah True not only bounced back from her Kona DNF with a win, but that victory now moves her from 15th to 10th in the PTO points chase. That alone could be worth an additional $15,000 ($30k rather than $15k) – and $15,000 was her first prize in Tempe.

While he won in Cozumel, Magnus Ditlev did not improve in terms of points on his current rating. Given he is in a clear third place (which would be worth $80,000), with a Kona 2023 qualifying slot in the bag already, he won’t be worried about that; it’s been a cracker of a season for the Dane.

Pro Women’s winner in Cozumel, Gurutze Frades almost made it into the top-20, jumping nine places from 30th to 21st.

The PTO Rankings process

Here is how the PTO Ranking process changes during the calendar year.

There is a period up to the Collins Cup qualification (late July), during which World Rankings are calculated on the basis of an extended (about 21 months) period. And it then switches to a 52-week rolling basis. Specifically, extracted from the PTO’s own explanation:

Rankings Changes from January 1, 2022, to August 20. From January 1, 2022, until the August 20, 2022, rankings will be based on the average number of World Rankings Points an athlete has earned in their best three races in the period beginning December 1, 2020, and ending August 20, 2022; provided, however, from July 24 an athlete must count at least one race that occurred after January 1, 2022.

Ranking Changes from August 2022. Beginning on the completion of the Collins Cup on August 21, 2022, the PTO World Rankings will be based on a 52-week rolling period, with the final PTO World Rankings based on the average number of World Ranking Points an Athlete has earned for their three best races during the calendar year of 2022 and the PTO Annual bonuses will be paid based on the PTO World Rankings as calculated on December 31, 2022.

The bottom line is this – once we get to the year-end PTO World Rankings (which determines your cut of the $2 million prize pot), the only thing that will matter is your best three scores achieved in 2022.

How do the PTO Rankings work?

This is not just about kudos – the athletes are fighting it out for a bonus pool worth a cool $2 million in the ‘Race For The Rankings’. This will be dished out based on rankings at the end of 2022.

Each athlete has a points total which is an average of their three best races during the ranking period.

Without becoming too technical and explaining the algorithm in detail, an athlete’s score for a single race is based around their time – and not finishing position. The base is 100 points and the variance below or above depends on their time compared to what the PTO calls the ‘Ideal Time’ for that specific race.

As for which races are points-eligible, within reason it brings in any non-drafting race which has at least a minimum professional prize pool and is greater than Olympic distance.

Current PTO Rankings – Men

The leading men – as of November 21, 2022 – are as follows:

  • 1. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 118.79
  • 2. Gustav Iden (NOR) 116.41
  • 3. Magnus Ditlev (DEN) 114.97
  • 4. Sam Laidlow (FRA) 109.34
  • 5. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 107.51
  • 6. Max Neumann (AUS) 104.42
  • 7. Alistair Brownlee (GBR) 103.74
  • 8. Joe Skipper (GBR) 103.43
  • 9. Sam Long (USA) 103.40
  • 10. Ben Kanute (USA) 102.69
  • 11. Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) 101.12
  • 12. Leon Chevalier (FRA) 100.49
  • 13. Florian Angert (GER) 100.38
  • 14. Matt Hanson (USA) 99.94
  • 15. Collin Chartier (USA) 99.13
  • 16. Braden Currie (NZL) 98.70
  • 17. Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) 97.14
  • 18. Rudy Von Berg (USA) 96.13
  • 19. Frederic Funk (GER) 95.86
  • 20. Aaron Royle (AUS) 95.12
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(Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Current PTO Rankings – Women

The leading women – as of November 21, 2022 – are as follows:

  • 1. Anne Haug (GER) 117.06
  • 2. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 115.32
  • 3. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 113.54
  • 4. Taylor Knibb (USA) 112.95
  • 5. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) 109.61
  • 6. Laura Philipp (GER) 109.38
  • 7. Chelsea Sodaro (USA) 108.72
  • 8. Paula Findlay (CAN) 106.12
  • 9. Kat Matthews (GBR) 105.08
  • 10. Sarah True (USA) 101.48
  • 11. Skye Moench (USA) 98.93
  • 12. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 98.44
  • 13. Fenella Langridge (GBR) 98.26
  • 14. Lisa Norden (SWE) 96.14
  • 15. Emma Pallant-Browne (GBR) 95.18
  • 16. Jocelyn McCauley (USA) 93.23
  • 17. Flora Duffy (BER) 92.45
  • 18. Jackie Herring (USA) 91.52
  • 19. Julie Derron (SUI) 89.17
  • 20. Tamara Jewett (CAN) 89.08
KAILUA KONA, HAWAII - OCTOBER 06: Anne Haug of Germany competes during the run portion of the Ironman World Championships on October 06, 2022 in Kailua Kona, Hawaii.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN

PTO 2022 Race For The Rankings

Like we said, the PTO will dish out $2 million at the end of the year based on the final ranking positions of pro athletes.

Race For The Rankings 2021 PTO prize purse

Final PTO Rankings for 2021

The final rankings for 2021 saw Lucy Charles-Barclay and Gustav Iden top their respective lists, both claiming a bumper $100k bonus in the process.

You can check out the final 2021 PTO Rankings by clicking here.

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