PTO World Rankings

The PTO World Rankings™ is a first-of-its-kind ranking technology to measure the world’s greatest non-drafting professional triathletes. It is a worldwide benchmark of consistent excellence in Triathlon, and it is used to determine the automatic qualifying places for The Collins Cup.

If you would like to see who is currently qualifying for the Collins Cup or who is fighting for a qualifying position in their respective team, simply type “USA”, “EUROPE” or “INTERNATIONALS” into the Filter search box at the top of each table.


March 10, 2020 – Kiwi Teresa Adam Conquers Taupo and Climbs up the Rankings

Local Kiwi Teresa Adam destroys the field, the course record and the PTO Adjusted Ideal Time for the Taupo course to score a blistering 124 ranking points, moving her up two places to PTO World No. 5 and into the number two slot for the International Team in The Collins Cup. Seasoned American veteran Meredith Kessler showed there still is some juice in the legs, as she finishes second and racks up a healthy 103 ranking points, moving her up to World No. 30, and the eighth ranked American women. Meredith sending a loud message to USA Captains Mark Allen and Karen Smyers that she is ready to be called on as a Captains’ Pick for Team USA.

PTO World Rankings | As of: 15th March, 2020


March 10, 2020 – Big Win for Brit Joe Skipper in New Zealand

Joe Skipper’s win at Taupo may have brought back bad memories for the locals still smarting over England’s win over New Zealand in the Rugby World Cup last year, but it brought nothing but joy to Skipper, whose electrifying performance moved him up seven places in the PTO World Rankings to PTO World No. 5, and more importantly, currently in the fourth automatic qualifying position for Team Europe. You know your squad is rock solid when World Champion Javier Gomez rests outside the automatic qualifying positions and might need a Captain’s Pick from Captains Chrissie Wellington and Normann Stadler in order to make the team. New Zealand was not without some joy as Kiwi Michael Phillips was second at Taupo, moving up 14 spots to PTO World No. 30, and his Kiwi compadre, Braden Currie’s third place finish sees him at PTO World No. 9 and solidly in the third automatic qualifying spot for the International Team.

PTO World Rankings | As of: 15th March, 2020

How the PTO World Rankings™ work

The PTO World Rankings™ uses a proprietary formula that does not favour any particular series of races or geographical area, but instead measures talent and achievement based on the results of an athlete no matter where and when they choose to race.

The PTO, in association with, has analysed each race course to determine the theoretical Ideal Time that the top ranked athlete would likely achieve. Using proprietary algorithms, this Ideal Time is then adjusted based on the conditions of the race day to determine the Adjusted Ideal Time (AIT). An athlete’s PTO World Ranking points for his or her race will then be based on their race time set against the Adjusted Ideal Time.

If an athlete equals the AIT for any eligible race, they receive 100 world ranking points. If an athlete is faster than the AIT, they are awarded an additional point or fraction of a point for each .15% by which they beat the AIT. If they are slower than the Adjusted Ideal Time, they will lose an additional point or fraction of a point for every .15% slower.

Triathletes are ranked based on the aggregate number of world ranking points they have earned for their four best races over a 24-month period preceding the date of calculation. There is a 5% bonus for an athlete’s best full distance race and a 10% deduction for points earned for a race that falls outside the most recent 12 months preceding the date of calculation.

Athlete Queries / Race Organizer Requests

If you are a Professional athlete and have questions about your points or the results that make up your total, please send an email to [email protected]. You can use the same address if you are a race organizer and would like to have a race included in the PTO World Rankings.