Germany’s Sebastian Kienle has topped the Kona Pro Rankings at the end of the first qualification period on 9,260 points.
On the back of his big performances in Kona and Vegas last year, Sebastian Kienle has finished on top of the Kona Pro Rankings at the completion of the first qualifcation round on 9,260 points.
As the winner of last year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship, Kienle is an automatic qualifier for Kona in 2013 after validating his entry at Ironman Frankfurt.
Craig Alexander’s and Pete Jacob’s slots are also set to roll down, as they too will qualify as returning champions. Although he finished well down on the KPR, Australia’s Chris McCormack will also get a spot for Hawaii under the same automatic qualifier clause.
With four automatic qualifiers (Kienle, Alexander, McCormack and Jacobs), the list of first round qualifiers is set to grow to 44 by the time all slots are activated.
Although there was a lot of speculation before the race whether or not he would make the first cut, Germany’s Marino Vanhoenacker (45th) should pick up a slot providing at least one athlete ranked inside the top-40 decides not to take up theirs and one athlete above him outside the top-40 does not wish to go. Matt White (44th) indicated he would not be looking to go to Kona on Twitter earlier today, so Vanhoenacker has a good opportunity to still make the first round of qualifiers.
Michael Raelert is also ranked outside the top-40 in 46th position on 3,630 points, but he too is still a chance to get a first round slot if enough above him decide not to activate their allocation. Stay tuned to firstoffthebike.com as we will publish the full list of first round qualifiers as soon as it is finalised.
Note: Names with an asterisk next to them indicate automatic qualifiers. The table below represents the top-40 based on KPR points acquired during the first qualification period, which ended on July 28, 2013. Depending on automatic qualifiers and who decides to take up their slot, those who have finished outside the top-40 may get the opportunity to pick up a spot during the roll down. The full men’s KPR list can be found here.
Men’s Kona Pro Rankings Top-45