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Kienle tops Kona Pro Rankings, top-40 announced

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Tim Bradley 

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


1SebastianKienle*DEU9260
2EnekoLlanosESP9085
3AndreasRaelertDEU8290
4CraigAlexander*AUS8220
5FrederikVan LierdeBEL7260
6TimothyO’DonnellUSA6985
7AndyPottsUSA6850
8PeteJacobs*AUS6690
9BartAernoutsBEL6460
10BasDiederenNLD6440
11JimmyJohnsenDNK5910
12BevanDochertyNZL5900
13PetrVabrousekCZE5840
14RonnieSchildknechtCHE5785
15FarisAl-sultanDEU5688
16JanRaphaelDEU5520
17AxelZeebroekBEL5330
18TimoBrachtDEU5300
19PerBittnerDEU5290
20JordanRappUSA5085
21IvanRañaESP4900
22HorstReichelDEU4845
23AndiBoechererDEU4795
24DavidDellowAUS4600
25ChristianRitterDEU4570
26MaximKriatRUS4530
27CyrilViennotFRA4500
28TjTollaksonUSA4320
29BenHoffmanUSA4285
30TylerButterfieldBMU4220
31MatthewRussellUSA4180
32MarkoAlbertEST4175
33DirkBockelLUX4090
34BalazsCsokeHUN4060
35LukeMckenzieAUS4045
36IanMikelsonUSA4000
37IgorAmorelliBRA3970
38ChrisLeghAUS3960
39ClaytonFettellAUS3950
40AndrewStarykowiczUSA3950
41JamesCunnamaZAF3905
42ThomasGerlachUSA3800
43BenCotterCAN3790
44MattyWhiteAUS3755
45MarinoVanhoenackerBEL3720
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  • Phil

    FOTB, can you clarify what Matt White’s intentions are? That paragraph doesn’t make sense

  • admin

    Updated, sorry for the confusion.

    FOTB Editorial Team

  • Vic

    Isn’t Faris Al-sultan an auto qualifier as a past winner in 2005 ?

  • FOTB’s Tim Bradley

    Faris is not because with regards to the Automatic Qualifiers and the past champions clause, it only runs for 5 years after they win the world title.

    Cheers,

    FOTB’s Tim Bradley

  • Phil

    Thanks for the clarification Tim.
    Go aussies!! PJ, Macca, Crowie and Dellow top 4! (not really, but we’re allowed to dream)