Just another three races to go – among those the Grand Final – and then the World Triathlon Championship Series 2022 will come to an end. With the last events approaching, we have a look at the current top fifteen ranked athletes. Especially at the top three: because who will win the most important series within Short-Distance triathlon this year? For the men, it looks like that could be Wilde, but if you look further down the ranking, you see that much can change. In the women’s ranking, Georgia Taylor-Brown is on top, but Flora Duffy is breathing down her neck.
Wilde has had quite some battled with Britain’s Alex Yee this year, but although it was Yee who won most of their side-by-side matches, Wilde is ranked highest, as he raced more WTCS events thus far. With the points of four events plus the Grand Final as a fifth counting, Yee has room to grow, because he only raced two WTCS-events. Both of those he won: Yokohama and Montreal. It means that even though Yee is ranked “only” in eight position, he could easily move up to the top three – even one – if he adds another few events to his schedule, which he likely plans to do.
Wilde, on the contrary, has done well in four events: he won Hamburg and Leeds and took second – both behind Yee – in Yokohama and Montreal. With a win, an athlete earns 1000 points, while second equals 925 points.
In the women’s ranking, Taylor-Brown thanks her lead to a win in Montreal and Yokohama, a second place in Leeds and a second place in last year’s – which still counts – Abu Dhabi. Duffy, on the other hand, won two events (Hamburg and Abu Dhabi last year), while she took third in Yokohama and finished seventh in Leeds. Duffy is considered the local favorite for the win at the upcoming WTCS race in Bermuda, though. With also the Grand Final on the planning, things could easily shift in the women’s medal positions.