It is a crazy sign of how limited prize money is in our sport to look at the current prize money rankings led by Lucy Charles and Mario Mola.
August 8, 2018 | NEWS|
So how does it make any sense that Daniela Ryf wins her third race of the year (including the Ironman European Championship where she set a new course record), follows that up with a new 70.3 best time on the weekend, and still sits at number 10 in the current prize money standings? Or that Helle Frederiksen (DEN) can win a world title in her home country and sit at 32nd in the rankings?
It doesn't, but both the Swiss three-time Kona champ and the fastest woman over the half-distance (Frederiksen went 3:55 in winning Challenge Bahrain in 2014) have only raced three times this year and, well, there simply isn't a lot of prize money up for grabs in our sport.
Leading the women's prize money standings is Great Britain's Lucy Charles, who has had quite a season that includes a big win at the Ironman African Championship, the Challenge Championship title and a runner-up finish at Challenge Roth.
Charles didn't race on the weekend, but Ryf certainly did, blasting to that new 70.3 record and handily beating Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) by over 20 minutes (in a half, no less). Carfrae sits once spot behind Ryf in the standings at 12th. (Ryf and New Zealand's Tereza Adam are tied for 10th.)
This weekend's winner of Ironman Maastricht-Linburg, Els Visser (NED) sits at 45th in the standings - the woman she beat, countrywoman Yvonne Van Vlerken, sits at 20th.
Melissa Hauschildt might not have had her typical run on the weekend, but still managed a third-place finish at the Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, which moved her to second place in the standings ahead of Challenge Roth champ Daniela Saemmler. Fourth and fifth in the standings belong to a pair of ITU athletes, Vicky Holland (GBR) and Katie Zaferes (USA).
Even though she got the win at Ironman 70.3 Boulder, Ellie Salthouse doesn't appear in the top-50.
You can find the women's standings here. (Thanks to the crew from Challenge Family and super-stats man Thorsten Radde for this data!)
Women's top 5 (US$):
Lucy Charles (GBR) $85,000
Melissa Hauschildt (AUS) $54,000
Daniela Saemmler (GER) $51,588
Vicky Holland (GBR) $49,600
Katie Zaferes (USA) $40,100
While the women's standings are led by long-distance athletes, Mario Mola's consistency is once again paying off as the Spaniard leads the men's standings over Canadian Lionel Sanders. The man Sanders beat at the Challenge Championship and the Challenge Roth champ, Sebastian Kienle, sits in third.
Jan Frodeno, who has dominated every race he's entered this year, sits at fourth in the standings, while Ironman Texas champ Matt Hanson sits at fifth. Braden Currie, who was third at the Asia-Pacific 70.3 champs on the weekend sits at sixth.
The man who took the men's pro race at Ironman Tallinn on the weekend, Switzerland's Philipp Koutny, sits at 35th in the standings.
Callum Millward (NZL) and Ben Hoffman might have dueled right to the line at Ironman 70.3 Boulder - Millward got there first by two seconds - but it the top finishes didn't help them get into the top-50 of the prize money standings this weekend.
Javier Gomez, fresh off an impressive win at Challenge Prague last weekend, sits at 14th in the standings.
Check out the men's standings here. (Once again, thanks to Challenge Family and Thorsten Radde for the data.)
Men's Top 5 ($US)
Mario Mola (ESP) $84,000
Lionel Sanders (CAN) $70,000
Sebastian Kienle (GER) $69,338
Jan Frodeno (GER) $45,000
Matt Hanson (USA) $40,000