PTO World Rankings: Ryf and Blummenfelt hit the top – Elite News

Daniela Ryf and Kristian Blummenfelt roared to the top of the PTO World Rankings on the back of their brilliant IRONMAN World Championship victories in St George on Saturday.

Ryf returned to her peerless best and silenced the doubters by destroying the opposition in trademark style. Her blistering win time of 8:34:58, plus a 10% bonus for her best Ironman time of 2022, saw her emerge with a huge haul of 137.06 points.

That was enough to take ‘The Angry Bird’ to an overall average score of 120.68, well clear of St George third Anne Haug, who moves up to second from #5 in the rankings.

Another woman to jump three places is Britain’s Kat Matthews, from #6 to #3 on the back of her brilliant second behind Ryf in St George.

Blummenfelt, meanwhile, was not even in the top 20 the last time the rankings were updated in April, but things changed in a big way when he ran down Braden Currie to add the IRONMAN World Championship to his Olympic and WTCS titles.

The 28-year-old Norwegian’s spectacular 2:38 marathon off a brutal bike leg saw him finish in 7:49:15, good for a massive 126.47 points haul including that crucial 10% bonus.

Canada’s Lionel Sanders (second in St George) and Dane Daniel Baekkegard (seventh) also scored heavily enough to move into the top four, relegating Utah absentee Jan Frodeno to #5.

New Zealand’s Braden Currie (third in St George) and Germany’s Florian Angert (fifth) also move into the top 10 of the Rankings as a result of their efforts.


How do the PTO Rankings work?

This is not just about kudos – the athletes are fighting it out for a bonus pool worth a cool $2million in the ‘Race For The Rankings’. This will be dished out based on rankings at the end of 2022.

Each athlete has a points total which is an average of their three best races during the ranking period.

Without becoming too technical and explaining the algorithm in detail, an athlete’s score for a single race is based around their time – and not finishing position. The base is 100 points and the variance below or above depends on their time compared to what the PTO calls the ‘Ideal Time’ for that specific race.

As for which races are points-eligible, within reason it brings in any non-drafting race which has at least a professional prize pool and is greater than minimum Olympic distance.

Current PTO Rankings – Men

The leading men – as of May 9, 2022 – are as follows:

  • 1. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 111.39
  • 2. Gustav Iden (NOR) 109.62
  • 3. Lionel Sanders (CAN) 107.62
  • 4. Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) 103.73
  • 5. Jan Frodeno (GER) 102.82
  • 6. Braden Currie (NZL) 102.04
  • 7. Florian Angert (GER) 101.93
  • 8. Sam Long (USA) 9999.62
  • 9. Patrick Lange (GER) 9999.26
  • 10. Magnus Ditlev (DEN) 99.25
  • 11. Leon Chevalier (FRA) 97.05
  • 12. Joe Skipper (GBR) 96.88
  • 13. Chris Leiferman (USA) 95.82
  • 14. Jackson Laundry (CAN) 95.75
  • 15. Ben Kanute (USA) 95.50
  • 16. Sam Laidlow (FRA) 95.14
  • 17. Rudy Von Berg (USA) .94.95
  • 18. Ben Hoffman (USA) 94.69
  • 19. Kristian Hogenhaug (DEN) 94.07
  • 20. Sam Appleton (AUS) 92.59

Current PTO Rankings – Women

The leading women – as of May 9, 2022 – are as follows:

  • 1. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 120.68
  • 2. Anne Haug (GER) 113.63
  • 3. Kat Matthews (GBR) 111.22
  • 4. Laura Philipp (GER) 108.48
  • 5. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) 107.65
  • 6. Taylor Knibb (USA) 106.26
  • 7. Skye Moench (USA) 105.50
  • 8. Emma Palllant-Browne (GBR) 102.08
  • 9. Jeanni Metzler (RSA) 101.23
  • 10. Paula Findlay (CAN) 99.65
  • 11. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 95.68
  • 12. Lisa Norden (SWE) 94.57
  • 13. Nicola Spirig (SUI) 94.40
  • 14. Heather Jackson (USA) 93.15
  • 15. Ruth Astle (GBR) 91.84
  • 16. Jackie Hering (USA) 91.55
  • 17. Jocelyn McCauley (USA) 90.82
  • 18. Ellie Salthouse (AUS) 90.21
  • 19. Fenella Langridge (GBR) 89.26
  • 20. Luisa Baptista (BRA) 8888.30

PTO 2022 Race For The Rankings

Like we said, the PTO will dish out $2million at the end of the year based on the final rankings positions of pro athletes.

Final PTO Rankings for 2021

The final rankings for 2021 saw Charles-Barclay and Iden top their respective lists, both claiming a bumper $100k bonus in the process.

You can check out the final 2021 PTO Rankings by clicking here.

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