Hoffman and Zaferes top prize money standings

Ben Hoffman and Katie Zaferes lead the prize-money standings halfway through May, but there's lots of racing still to go!

| May 16, 2019 | NEWS

Katie Zaferes started her year off in style by winning the Super League Championship.

Katie Zaferes started her year off in style by winning the Super League Championship.

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It seems like its been a while since two Americans were at the top of the triathlon prize money standings. According to this week's update courtesy of Challenge Family and Thorsten Radde, Katie Zaferes continues to lead the way in the women's standings, while Ironman African champion Ben Hoffman sits at the top of the men's rankings.

It is, of course, still very early in the year with lots of big-money races ahead of us in the 2019 tri season, but as we head into another busy weekend of racing, here's where things stand on the prize money front:

No stopping Zaferes

Zaferes started off the year by taking the Super League Championship, then followed that up with impressive WTS wins in Abu Dhabi and Bermuda. Behind her sits Daniela Ryf, who took the first two races of her 2019 campaign - Ironman 70.3 Oceanside and the Ironman North American Championship. Holly Lawrence, fresh off wins in St. George (the Ironman 70.3 North American Pro Championship and the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in Viet Nam) sits in third in the women's standings, ahead of Ironman African champion Lucy Charles-Barclay.

Prize money standings | Women

May 16, 2019

Name

Country

Prize Money ($US)

Katie Zaferes

USA

$51,000

Daniela Ryf

SUI

$40,000

Holly Lawrence

GBR

$39,000

Lucy Charles-Barclay

GBR

$30,000

Jocelyn McCauley

USA

$28,500

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Hoffman is back

Last fall Ben Hoffman had to pull out of the Ironman World Championship due to a sacral stress fracture, but his early season racing seems to indicate he's bounced back from that injury in style. After taking his third Ironman African Championship in April, Hoffman hung tough for a top-10 finish in St. George and then managed an impressive third-place finish at Challenge Cancun. That, added to his third-place finish in Campeche in March puts him atop the men's standings. 

Patrik Nilsson's big win in Texas at the Ironman North American Championship nets him second place, while Javier Gomez's interesting mix of half-distance races (he won Challenge Melbourne earlier this year) along with his return to WTS racing as he gears up for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo (he took second in Bermuda) puts him in third in the men's standings.

Prize money standings | Men

May 16, 2019

Name

Country

Prize Money ($US)

Ben Hoffman

USA

$35,250

Patrik Nilsson

SWE

$33,000

Javier Gomez

ESP

$27,000

Mike Phillips

NZL

$23,373

Andrew Starykowicz

USA

$21,881

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