Ironman athletes move to the top of the prize money rankings

Melissa Hauschildt and Matt Hanson are at the top of the prize money rankings thanks to their big wins at the Ironman North American Championship in Texas.

| May 9, 2018 | NEWS

Melissa Hauschildt wins Ironman Texas.

Melissa Hauschildt wins Ironman Texas.

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Ironman athletes are at the top of the current prize money rankings thanks to the first two regional championship races in South Africa and Texas. Melissa Hauschildt and Matt Hanson, winners of Ironman Texas, which served as the Ironman North American Championship, both sit at number one in the rankings.

Hauschildt, who also took the win at Ironman 70.3 Texas, is followed by the Ironman African Championship winner Lucy Charles. Laura Siddall, who has two Ironman wins to her credit (New Zealand and Australia) sits third in the standings, followed by Paula Findlay, who took the Ironman 70.3 North American title in St. George on the weekend. The first ITU athlete on the women's list is WTS Abu Dhabi champ Rachel Klamer, but last year's overall money leader, Flora Duffy, now sits just one spot behind after her big win at WTS Bermuda.

You can see the full women's rankinghere.

Prize money rankings May 9 | Women

May 9, 2018

Name

Country

Prize Money

1

Melissa Hauschildt

AUS

$36,000

2

Lucy Charles

GBR

$30,000

3

Laura Siddall

GBR

$24,440

4

Paula Findlay

CAN

$21,250

5

Rachel Klamer

NED

$19.400

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Matt Hanson wins Ironman Texas

Matt Hanson wins Ironman Texas

Photo >Kevin Cox | Getty Images for Ironman

Hanson's win in Texas, along with his fifth at Ironman 70.3 Campeche and fourth at Ironman 70.3 Texas, puts him ahead of Kyle Buckingham, who took the Ironman African Championship in South Africa. They're followed by Ironman 70.3 North American champ Lionel Sanders, who regained the St. George title after finishing second to Alistair Brownlee last year.

Terenzo Bozzone's four wins in four races (a brilliant three-weekend winning spree that included Ironman New Zealand and 70.3 wins at Bariloche and Campeche, followed by the win at Ironman 70.3 Busselton) puts him in fourth in the standing. As with the women's standings, WTS Abu Dhabi champ Henri Schoeman sits in fifth, followed by last year's ITU world champ Mario Mola.

Click here for the complete men's standings.

Prize money rankings May 9 | Men

May 9, 2018

Name

Country

Prize Money

1

Matt Hanson

USA

$32,500

2

Kyle Buckingham

RSA

$30,000

3

Lionel Sanders

CAN

$30,000

4

Terenzo Bozzone

NZL

$27,000

5

Henri Schoeman

RSA

$20,800

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