This past weekend was a relatively quiet one with the Ironman 70.3 Timberman (P-500) not making much impact to the Kona Pro Rankings. The current KPR rankings have been formatted a little differently going into this last week for ease of reference to see which athletes have qualified (Q), are automatic qualifiers (AQ), those who declined their slots as July qualifiers (DECL), and athletes who have met the mandatory Ironman qualification criteria (*) at this time. Click here to view the current list.
With three final events coming up next weekend—Subaru Ironman Canada (P-2000), Ford Ironman Louisville (P-1000) and Ironman 70.3 Brazil (P-750)—the final 10 slots for men and five slots for the women will go to the next highest scoring athletes at the end of the weekend.
In other news, there will be no wildcard entries for professional athletes for this year’s Ford Ironman World Championships. Introduced in September 2010, the KPR qualifying system has allowed professional athletes the opportunity to race and accumulate points at 85 qualifying events throughout the season. KPR rankings have been updated weekly, giving athletes the ability to track their points and positions in the ranking. Athletes who have earned their slots through the KPR qualifying system will race at the Ford Ironman World Championship.
The KPR qualifying system also allows for the granting of wildcard entries into the Ford Ironman World Championship to be awarded by the WTC. There will be no wildcards granted in 2011 to the Ford Ironman World Championship. Six-time Ironman World Champion Natascha Badmann has been granted a one-year extension of her five-year Automatic Qualifying entitlement. The extension follows severe injuries sustained while racing at the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship. Badmann’s extension does not impact the KPR qualifying system and will not prevent any other athlete from claiming her spot at the starting line.