After listening to IMTalk, I went and had a look at trirating to see what's going on so far. They were saying on IMTalk that at IM Mar del Plata which I think was the South American Championship, there were 2 qual places for men and women, plus two floating qual spots. In the end the 2 floaters went to the mens field so 4 quals for men and 2 for women. 2 of the top male finishers had already qualified so the 4 mens quals rolled down to 6th place! Stefan Schumacher who got 11th in IM 70.3 Edinburgh got a spot in his first full IM race. So far 22 men and 17 women have already qualified for next years Kona, and it's only just December! (some of those considered qualified still have yet to validate)
Qualified Women: Rinny (V), Ryf (NV), Linsey Corbin, Camilla Pedersen, Daniela Saemmler, Laura Philipp, Sue Huse, Lucy Charles (NV), Anne Haug (NV), Jennifer Spieldenner, Mareen Hufe, Heather Jackson, Svenja Thoes, Barbara Riveros, Caroline Steffen, Susie Cheetham, Sarah Crowley
Qualified Men: Kienle (NV), Frodo (NV), Lange (NV), Matt Trautman, Andi Boecherer, Cody Beals, Jesper Svensson, Daniel Fontana, Bart Aernouts (NV), David McNamee (NV), Chris Leiferman, Daniil Sapunov, Clemente Alonso McKernan, Eneko Llanos, TJ Tollakson, Michael Weiss, Terenzo Bozzone, Cameron Wurf, Mario De Elias, Matt Hanson, Lukas Kraemer, Stefan Schumacher
The (V) meant they've only had to validate for their spot, the (NV) means they only have to validate which they are yet to do. They were saying that those that only have to validate are not included in the total number of pros, so I guess that would mean if there's 35 women at Kona, it's actually 39 with 4 only having to validate. So that means for the women there have been 13 slots already taken and 17 for the men.