How much can triathletes earn from the PTO rankings?

Now that the PTO has announced its triathlete rankings for the year, let's take a look at how much money each rank has attached to it...

Kristian Blummenfelt running during the PTO Canadian Open

Seeing as though the Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) has announced its final world rankings for 2022, you may be wondering exactly how much athletes can earn from them.


Well, the good news for us nosy fans is that the PTO is fully open about its prize money and bonus payments for rankings, so we can give you a full rundown of who made what.

On top of prize money for races, the PTO also makes a prize fund of $2million available to the top 100 athletes based on their rankings, which is split equally between both men and women.

How much can the top-ranked triathletes earn from the PTO?

Whoever ends the season ranked world number one gets a very handsome payday, and so it is for both Kristian Blummenfelt and Anne Haug in 2022. The two world No1s will receive a whopping $100,000 each for their exploits.

Finishing second isn’t too bad, either, with Gustav Iden and Daniela Ryf each taking home $90,000.

Third-ranked athletes (Magnus Ditlev and Ashleigh Gentle) will then get $80,000, while fourth (Max Neumann and Taylor Knibb) will get $70,000 and fifth (Sam Laidlow and Lucy Charles-Barclay) will be cashing in on $60,000.

British favourite Alistair Brownlee will be getting $40,000 for his eighth-place ranking, while compatriots Joe Skipper and Kat Matthews will both be getting $35,000 for finishing in ninth.

Here’s a full breakdown of that prize money from 1st to 10th:

  • 1st: $100,000
  • 2nd: $90,000
  • 3rd: $80,000
  • 4th: $70,000
  • 5th: $60,000
  • 7th: $45,000
  • 8th: $40,000
  • 9th: $35,000
  • 10th: $30,000

See the full list of the PTO’s top 20 male and female triathletes.

How much can triathletes ranked 11th-20th earn from the rankings?

The athlete ranked 11th at the end of the year will be banking a not-insignificant $25,000, with the amount then dropping gradually between 11th and 20th. Here’s a full breakdown of how that looks:

  • 11th: $25,000
  • 12th: $20,000
  • 13th: $18,000
  • 14th: $16,000
  • 15th: $15,000
  • 16th: $14,000
  • 17th: $13,000
  • 18th: $12,000
  • 19th: $11,000
  • 20th: $10,000

What about about the rest of the athletes in the top 100?

From then on the prize money reduces further, with anyone ranked from 21st to 50th paid a bonus of $5,000 and those ranked from 51st to 100th paid a bonus of $2,000 each.


Top image credit: James Mitchell/PTO