Daniela Ryf leads the way

It's been quite a year for Daniela Ryf, who might not have raced much, but when she has, it's been very impressive. A look at the current prize-money rankings that sees Mario Mola lead the men's standings.

| October 23, 2018 | NEWS

Daniela Ryf wins the Ironman World Championship for the fourth year in a row.

Daniela Ryf wins the Ironman World Championship for the fourth year in a row.

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It is the sponsorship revenue that allows the top triathletes to race as professionals - nobody can compete at the highest levels of this expensive world-class sport on prize money alone. As a comparison: A Wimbledon tennis champion receives a check for 2,574,000 Euros. An Ironman world champion? US$120,000.

Only four women and three men have cracked the $100,000 in prize money so far in 2018, according to the latest Challenge Family prize-money ranking.

Kona champion Daniela Ryf leads both the women's and overall prize money ranking, with Mario Mola at the top of the men's list, slightly behind Ryf. The pros, of course, will augment their earnings through revenue from many sports-specific brands and local companies from the home of the athlete, but it is mainly non-sporting sponsors such as Red Bull, Mercedes Benz and Audi that make the sport more lucrative for the top competitors.

Preisgeld-Ranking der Frauen (Stand 20.10.2018)

Place

Name

Country

Prize money (US$)

1

Daniela Ryf

SUI

201,000

2

Lucy Charles

GBR

165,000

3

Vicky Holland

GBR

163,100

4

Katie Zaferes

USA

117,400

5

Anne Haug

GER

92,500

6

Georgia Taylor-Brown

GBR

72,800

7

Daniela Sämmler

GER

59,588

8

Mirinda Carfrae

AUS

59,000

9

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

57350,

10

Melissa Hauschildt

AUS

54,500

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Short-distance star Mario Mola from Spain leads the men\'s prize money standings in 2018 having earned $197,500.

Short-distance star Mario Mola from Spain leads the men's prize money standings in 2018 having earned $197,500.

Photo >Wagner Araujo / triathlon.org

Preisgeld-Ranking der Männer (Stand 20.10.2018)

Place

Name

Country

Prize Money (US$)

1

Mario Mola

ESP

197,500

2

Patrick Lange

GER

132,485

3

Vincent Luis

FRA

109,300

4

Jan Frodeno

GER

90,000

5

Bart Aernouts

BEL

82,675

6

Jake Birtwhistle

AUS

80,400

7

Sebastian Kienle

GER

78,014

8

Lionel Sanders

CAN

76,000

9

Richard Murray

RSA

70,850

10

Kristian Blummenfelt

NOR

63,150

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