Updates to the Top10 Ratings

After the first round of 2017 Ironman races, here are the updated Top 10 Ratings. If you compare the “old” ratings to the new ones, you will notice that the numbers have slightly changed even for athletes that have note raced. This is caused by a small improvement in my algorithm that reduces an undue influence of older results for athletes that have a large number of races from more than three years ago.

TOP 10 Rated Ironman Distance Athletes

TOP 10 Rated Male Athletes

Jan Frodeno and Sebastian Kienle are still my top ranked athletes. Nils Frommhold (having finished second in South Africa) has climbed back to third, very slightly ahead of Brent McMahon. Other changes are a result of the racing we have seen in 2017: Ben Hoffman entering the Top 10 after his sub-8 win in South Africa, and Marino and Frederik dropping back after a DNF and a sub-par race.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 Jan Frodeno GER 07:59:19 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 7
2 Sebastian Kienle GER 08:08:32 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 13
3 Nils Frommhold GER 08:16:05 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 9
4 Brent McMahon CAN 08:16:06 IM Arizona on 2016-11-20 7
5 Andi Boecherer GER 08:17:13 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 14
6 Andy Potts USA 08:17:26 IM Western Australia on 2016-12-04 16
7 Patrik Nilsson SWE 08:19:21 IM Barcelona on 2016-10-02 7
8 Ben Hoffman USA 08:21:15 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 18
9 Marino Vanhoenacker BEL 08:21:27 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 21
10 Frederik Van Lierde BEL 08:21:52 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 21

TOP 10 Rated Female Athletes

For the females, the Top 4 have not changed: Daniela, Rinny, Kaisa and Heather are still the best-rated athletes. New athletes in the Top 10 are Meredith Kessler (new #5, third in New Zealand and also benefitting from the algorithm changes), Susie Cheetham (new #6, third place in South Africa after a Kona DNF) and Linsey Corbin (#10, slightly climbing with the changes).

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 08:42:49 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 9
2 Mirinda Carfrae AUS 09:01:36 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 14
3 Kaisa Lehtonen FIN 09:09:12 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 4
4 Heather Jackson USA 09:12:39 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 6
5 Meredith Kessler USA 09:14:01 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 25
6 Susie Cheetham GBR 09:14:17 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 5
7 Melissa Hauschildt AUS 09:15:51 IM Western Australia on 2016-12-04 4
8 Lucy Gossage GBR 09:15:55 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 14
9 Anja Beranek GER 09:16:56 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 8
10 Linsey Corbin USA 09:18:58 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 20

TOP 10 Swim-Rated Ironman Distance Athletes

The Swim Ratings are mainly a very slight re-ordering of the end of 2016 ratings. The two notable changes are  Clayton Fettell who has entered the Top 10 male ranking in #2 and Annabel Luxford who is #8 in the female ranking.

TOP 10 Swim-Rated Male Athletes

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 Dylan McNeice NZL 00:45:41 Challenge Taiwan on 2016-05-07 14
2 Clayton Fettell AUS 00:46:23 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 6
3 Jan Frodeno GER 00:46:52 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 7
4 Andy Potts USA 00:47:00 IM Western Australia on 2016-12-04 16
5 Marko Albert EST 00:47:03 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 17
6 Denis Chevrot FRA 00:47:20 IM Western Australia on 2016-12-04 9
7 Terenzo Bozzone NZL 00:47:30 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 11
8 Michael Fox AUS 00:47:30 IM Western Australia on 2016-12-04 3
9 Barrett Brandon USA 00:47:32 IM Cozumel on 2016-11-27 5
10 Timothy O’Donnell USA 00:47:37 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 13

TOP 10 Swim-Rated Female Athletes

Jodie is still my top-ranked athlete, but Lauren Brandon (as last year’s IM Texas was shortened, she only has two valid full IM finishes) and Lucy Charles (with one Pro finish) are likely to take over the #1 rank from her.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 Jodie Cunnama GBR 00:49:34 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 9
2 Meredith Kessler USA 00:50:34 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 25
3 Amanda Stevens USA 00:51:17 IM Arizona on 2016-11-20 18
4 Celine Schaerer SUI 00:51:19 IM Texas on 2017-04-22 7
5 Mary Beth Ellis USA 00:51:31 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 19
6 Leanda Cave GBR 00:51:46 IM Arizona on 2016-11-20 20
7 Daniela Ryf SUI 00:51:52 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 9
8 Annabel Luxford AUS 00:52:00 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 4
9 Anja Beranek GER 00:52:15 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 8
10 Alicia Kaye USA 00:52:18 IM Texas on 2017-04-22 3

TOP 10 Bike-Rated Ironman Distance Athletes

TOP 10 Bike-Rated Male Athletes

After not finishing an Ironman race for more than a year, Andy Starykowicz posted a record-breaking 4:01 bike leg at IM Texas, allowing him to reclaim the top spot in the rankings. Cameron Wurf has entered the Top 10 in #3 after being first off the bike at IM South Africa.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 Andrew Starykowicz USA 04:22:41 IM Texas on 2017-04-22 7
2 Sebastian Kienle GER 04:26:18 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 13
3 Cameron Wurf AUS 04:26:25 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 3
4 Dougal Allan NZL 04:30:36 Challenge Wanaka on 2017-02-18 7
5 Michael Weiss AUT 04:30:45 IM Cozumel on 2016-11-27 16
6 Jan Frodeno GER 04:31:05 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 7
7 Andi Boecherer GER 04:31:23 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 14
8 Lionel Sanders CAN 04:32:01 IM Arizona on 2016-11-20 6
9 Nils Frommhold GER 04:32:30 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 9
10 Marino Vanhoenacker BEL 04:33:39 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 21

TOP 10 Bike-Rated Female Athletes

There is one new athlete in the Top 10: After a DNF in Kona Tine Deckers has posted the third best bike split at IM Texas and re-entered the Top 10. Other than that there is only a slight re-ordering of the 2016 rankings.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 Daniela Ryf SUI 04:55:11 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 9
2 Anja Beranek GER 05:01:54 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 8
3 Heather Jackson USA 05:03:54 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 6
4 Jodie Cunnama GBR 05:04:50 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 9
5 Annabel Luxford AUS 05:05:46 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 4
6 Tine Deckers BEL 05:06:29 IM Texas on 2017-04-22 17
7 Diana Riesler GER 05:06:38 IM Malaysia on 2016-11-12 16
8 Lucy Gossage GBR 05:06:38 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 14
9 Mary Beth Ellis USA 05:06:41 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 19
10 Yvonne Van Vlerken NED 05:06:43 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 25

TOP 10 Run-Rated Ironman Distance Athletes

TOP 10 Run-Rated Male Athletes

The athletes that have entered the Top 10 have all had great results at the start of the 2017 season: David McNamee (#3 after 2:45 at IM South Africa), Matt Hanson (#4 after 2:42 at IM Texas), Diego Van Looy (#9 after 2:51 at IM South Africa) and Cameron Brown (#10 after 2:42 at IM New Zealand).

Patrick Lange doesn’t have a valid rating yet – his only “full” IM was IM Hawaii (he qualified at the shortened IM Texas). But his run course record in Kona indicates that he will be well placed in the Top 10 once he has finished the required three valid IMs.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 Jan Frodeno GER 02:45:34 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 7
2 Jeff Symonds CAN 02:47:53 IM Western Australia on 2016-12-04 7
3 David McNamee GBR 02:48:59 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 6
4 Matt Hanson USA 02:49:11 IM Texas on 2017-04-22 10
5 Ivan Rana ESP 02:49:21 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 11
6 Bart Aernouts BEL 02:49:24 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 9
7 Patrik Nilsson SWE 02:49:40 IM Barcelona on 2016-10-02 7
8 Jesse Thomas USA 02:51:17 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 3
9 Diego Van Looy BEL 02:51:33 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 4
10 Cameron Brown NZL 02:51:41 IM New Zealand on 2017-03-04 28

TOP 10 Run-Rated Female Athletes

With a slower run in South Africa, Kristin Möller has dropped to fifth place, while Daniela Ryf has climbed into #2 and continued to improve her rating. Ruth Brennan Morrey benefitted from the algorithm change and is now in #9.

Rank Name Nation Rating Last Race # IM Races
1 Mirinda Carfrae AUS 02:57:04 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 14
2 Daniela Ryf SUI 03:02:31 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 9
3 Kaisa Lehtonen FIN 03:03:27 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 4
4 Kelly Williamson USA 03:04:45 IM Texas on 2017-04-22 14
5 Kristin Moeller GER 03:05:16 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 20
6 Beth Gerdes USA 03:05:29 IM Australia on 2016-05-01 12
7 Lisa Roberts USA 03:05:58 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 15
8 Susie Cheetham GBR 03:06:12 IM South Africa on 2017-04-02 5
9 Ruth Brennan Morrey USA 03:06:42 IM Arizona on 2016-11-20 4
10 Linsey Corbin USA 03:07:27 IM Hawaii on 2016-10-08 20
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