ITU athletes move to the top of 2018 triathlon prize money standings

When it comes to making prize money in triathlon, being an ITU WTS competitor has its perks as Flora Duffy and Mario Mola move to the top of the prize money ranking.

| May 17, 2018 | NEWS

Flora Duffy wins her second straight WTS event in Yokohama, Japan.

Flora Duffy wins her second straight WTS event in Yokohama, Japan.

Photo >Delly Carr | ITU

When it comes to earning prize money in triathlon, it looks like we're back on track to seeing the ITU crew moving to the forefront. Being able to race more sprint and standard distance races, coupled with the $150,000 prize purse at each of the WTS races, ensures that the top flight of ITU competitors are in a position to earn more money than long-distance competitors, who have considerably fewer events with that type of prize purse. (In terms of Ironman races, the regional championships in Asia-Pacific, North America, Europe and Africa offer $150,000, the Ironman World Championship has a $650,000 prize purse and the Challenge Championship offers a 130,000 Euro prize purse. Challenge Roth has a US$200,000 total prize purse.)

Duffy back on top

Flora Duffy made more prize money than any other triathlete in 2017 thanks to her near-perfect race record that saw her win all but one race and take her second straight WTS title. After a crash put her out of WTS Abu Dhabi earlier this year she's been back to her normal winning ways, taking the Commonwealth Games title along with the last two WTS races in Bermuda and Yokohama. Those two wins put her in a tie with Melissa Hauschildt at the top of the current prize money rankings.

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2018 Prize Money Rankings | Women

May 17, 2018

Position

Name

Country

Prize Money (US$)

1

Flora Duffy

BER

$36,000

1

Melissa Hauschildt

AUS

$36,000

3

Lucy Charles

GBR

$30,000

4

Laura Siddall

GBR

$24,400

5

Paula Findlay

CAN

$21,250

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Mola moves to the top

Last year Mario Mola made the most prize money for any male triathlete, finishing third in the overall standings behind Duffy and Daniela Ryf. After his big win in Yokohama last weekend he's back on top of the men's standings again, moving ahead of Ironman Texas champ Matt Hanson. Mola is the lone ITU athlete in the top five right now and the long-distance crew will likely stay near the top for a bit longer with the Challenge Championship coming up (Lionel Sanders will be at that race seeking to defend his title), one more regional championship in Frankfurt on the list in early July and Challenge Roth on July 1.

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Thanks to Challenge Family for the prize money ranking information.

2018 Prize Monday Rankings | Men

May 17, 2018

Position

Name

Country

Prize Money (US$)

1

Mario Mola

ESP

$36,000

2

Matt Hanson

USA

$32,500

3

Kyle Buckingham

RSA

30000

3

Lionel Sanders

CAN

$30,000

5

Terenzo Bozzone

NZL

$27,000

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