PTO World Rankings: Margirier and Matthews break the Top 10 after Lahti performances

PTO World Rankings: Margirier and Matthews break the Top 10 after Lahti performances

Following a thrilling race for the podium in both races at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Lahti last weekend, there have been a number of changes to the PTO World Rankings, with Mathis Margirier and Kat Matthews in particular enjoying a boost having broken into the top 10.

Frederic Funk and Imogen Simmonds, who both also had great races in Finland, edged closer to the top spots, with Simmonds making the top 10 after a great month of racing in August, where she finished second at the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championships and fourth at the PTO Tour Asian Open before making the podium in Lahti.

Despite not managing to defend his title over the weekend, Norwegian Kristian Blummenfelt remains the PTO World #1, with PTO Asian Open winner Ashleigh Gentle also holding on to her top spot despite a magnificent performance from PTO World #2 Taylor Knibb at the World Championships.

Finally, the new men’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion, 22-yea- old Rico Bogen, moved up 40 places in the rankings as he broke into the top 30 for the first time in his career. Sitting at #29, the German will hope that his ranking will only improve as he continues on an incredible trajectory in 2023.

After a horrific crash kept Matthews from the start line of the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona last year, the Brit capped off her series of comeback races before heading to Hawaii once more with a brilliant performance against a world class field in Finland.

Kat Matthews runs down the red carpet to second place (Photo by Nigel Roddis, Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Kat Matthews is moving up the rankings [Photo credit: Nigel Roddis, Getty Images for IRONMAN]

Having started her season at IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside, where she finished in third, Matthews has had one of her most successful seasons over the middle distance, with a seventh at the PTO Tour US Open at the start of August a high points scoring performance to boost her ranking along with the podium in Lahti.

Moving from PTO World #11 up to #7, Matthews now sits at her highest-ever season ranking and is on track to mark an incredible comeback to top tier racing with her debut at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona next month.

Current PTO Rankings – Women

The leading women – as of August 31, 2023 – are as follows:

  • 1. Ashleigh Gentle (AUS) 97.89
  • 2. Taylor Knibb (USA) 97.24
  • 3. Anne Haug (GER) 96.40
  • 4. Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR) 94.02
  • 5. Paula Findlay (CAN) 92.02
  • 6. Chelsea Sodaro (USA) – 91.76
  • 7. Kat Matthews (GBR) – 91.26
  • 8. Emma Pallant-Browne (GBR) 90.81
  • 9. Laura Philipp (GER) 90.65
  • 10. Imogen Simmonds (SUI) 90.55
  • 11. Daniela Ryf (SUI) 88.16
  • 12. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 87.93
  • 13. Tamara Jewett (CAN) 87.12
  • 14. Lisa Norden (SWE) – 86.25
  • 15. Marjolaine Pierre (FRA) – 86.11
  • 16. Fenella Langridge (GBR) – 85.97
  • 17. Skye Moench (USA) – 85.05
  • 18. Sarah True (USA) – 84.72
  • 19. Amelia Watkinson (NZL) – 84.58
  • 20. India Lee (GBR) – 84.57

Current PTO Rankings – Men

The leading men – as of August 31, 2023 – are as follows:

  • 1. Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR) 96.95
  • 2. Magnus Ditlev (DEN) 95.01
  • 3. Jason West (USA) 94.42
  • 4. Jan Frodeno (GER) 92.14
  • 5. Max Neumann (AUS) 91.81
  • 6. Sam Long (USA) 91.66
  • 7. Pieter Heemeryck (BEL) 91.19
  • 8. Mathis Margirier (FRA) 91.19
  • 9. Ben Kanute (USA) 90.80
  • 10. Sam Laidlow (FRA) 90.27
  • 11. Daniel Bækkegård (DEN) 89.07
  • 12. Patrick Lange (GER) 88.98
  • 13. Frederic Funk (GER) 88.68
  • 14. Joe Skipper (GBR) 88.13
  • 15. Denis Chevrot (FRA) 87.75
  • 16. Bradley Weiss (RSA) 87.40
  • 17. Leon Chevalier (FRA) 87.21
  • 18. Clement Mignon (FRA) 87.13
  • 19. Aaron Royle (AUS) 86.55
  • 20. David McNamee (GBR) 85.07

How do the PTO Rankings work?

This is not just about kudos – the top 50 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 2023.

Each athlete has a points total which is an average of their three best races during the ranking period and all aspects of the process are covered here.

Final PTO Rankings for 2020

2020 was the first year that PTO implemented their Year End Annual Bonus Programme, to be based upon the PTO Rankings, eligible for the top-100 ranked athletes. Initially set at $2million, the impact of the COVID pandemic saw that paid out early – and with the total topped up to $2.5million.

That first year saw Jan Frodeno and Daniela Ryf top the pandemic-impacted rankings – Men | Women.

Final PTO Rankings for 2021

The final rankings for 2021 saw Lucy Charles-Barclay and Gustav 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.

Final PTO Rankings for 2022

While Gustav Iden (second) and Lucy Charles-Barclays (fifth) still featured strongly in the 2022 points roundup – winning $90k and 60k, respectively – it was Kristian Blummenfelt and Anne Haug that took the tops spots and $100k bonuses.

You can check out the final 2022 PTO Rankings by clicking here.

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