Jodie Swallow on her way to winning Ironman South Africa
For her part, Swallow has already won the Ironman African Champs and 70.3 South Africa, and came third in St. George. Always a supremely strong swimmer and biker, Swallow only just missed out on a medal at Kona last year, coming fourth with a time of 9:10:19.
“Triathlon needs to move into line with premier sports like golf and tennis with a world ranking system,” said Challenge CEO, Zibi Szlufcik. “It not only rewards the best performed athletes, but provides a simple explanation to non-traditional media and the general public.”
By way of comparison, the top earner in tennis is Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, who’s earned $10m so far this year, including $2.8m from Wimbledon alone. Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy is golf’s highest earner right now, having earned an estimated $4m this year to date.
Alistair Brownlee celebrates winning WTS Cape Town
Elsewhere in the Challenge rankings, Alistair Brownlee sits fifth behind Tim Don with $48k to date, while younger brother Jonathan is thought to have earned $40k. Among the women, Liz Blatchford is second-highest British earner with $32k from five races, while Lucy Gossage and Vicky Holland have both earned $23k.
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