Alexander, Cave Lead Kona Pro Rankings

Thanks to multiple strong performances at the end of the 2011 racing calendar, Craig Alexander and Leanda Cave lead the KPR.

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Thanks to multiple strong performances at the end of the 2011 racing calendar, Australia’s Craig Alexander and Great Britain’s Leanda Cave lead the Kona Pro Rankings heading into 2012 racing.

The Kona Pro Rankings for qualification for the 2012 Ironman World Championship includes races taking place from Sept. 1, 2011 to now. Learn more about the Kona Pro Rankings.

Alexander holds a strong lead at the top thanks to his Ironman World Championship 70.3 and Ironman World Championship victories. Behind him, Germany’s Timo Bracht holds the second spot with points earned at both the Ironman World Championship (where he finished fifth) and Ironman Western Australia (where he won). Rounding out the top three for the men is Kona runner-up Pete Jacobs.

On the women’s side, Cave’s stellar late-season performances, including a third place at the Ironman World Championships and a win at Ironman Arizona, have her easily sitting atop the women’s leaderboard with 8,550 points. In second is Great Britiain’s Chrissie Wellington, thanks to her Ironman World Championship win. Mirinda Carfrae’s (AUS) second-place finish in Kona is enough to give her the third spot.

Reigning Ironman 70.3 World Champions Craig Alexander and Melissa Rollison sit in the first positions on the 70.3 rankings.

January 2012 KPR

1. Leanda Cave (GBR) 8550
2. Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 6000
3. Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 5400
4. Karin Thuerig (SUI) 5300
5. Rachel Joyce (GBR) 4890
6. Sonja Tajsich (GER) 4860
7. Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4660
8. Melissa Rollison (AUS) 4500
9. Linsey Corbin (USA) 4160
10. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 3700

1. Craig Alexander (AUS) 9000
2. Timo Bracht (GER) 6000
3. Pete Jacobs (AUS) 5400
4. Andreas Raelert (GER) 4900
5. Dirk Bockel (LUX) 4450
6. Raynard Tissink (RSA) 3900
7. Mike Aigroz (CZE) 3800
8. Andi Boecherer (GER) 3650
9. Luke McKenzie (AUS) 3460
10. Michael Lovato (USA) 2900

Complete KPR rankings.

January 2012 70.3 PR

1. Melissa Rollison (AUS) 4500
2. Michelle Wu (AUS) 2850
3. Emma Kate Lidbury (GBR) 2535
4. Karin Thuerig (SUI) 2000
5. Samantha Warriner (NZL) 1745
6. Leanda Cave (GBR) 1650
7. Jessica Meyers (USA) 1600
8. Lisa Marangon (AUS) 1600
9. Heather Jackson (USA) 1590
10. Joanna Lawn (NZL) 1585

1. Craig Alexander (AUS) 3000
2. Michael Raelert (GER) 2660
3. Tim Reed (AUS) 2445
4. Chris Lieto (USA) 2000
5. Paul Matthews (AUS) 1900
6. Paul Ambrose (AUS) 1655
7. Richie Cunningham (AUS) 1500
8. Jeff Symonds (CAN) 1500
9. Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) 1250
10. Bart Aernouts (BEL) 1250

Complete 70.3 PR rankings.