PTO US Open start lists: Duffy among headline acts in Dallas

The start lists for Triathlon’s inaugural PTO US Open continue to evolve.

The new showpiece takes place in Dallas this weekend, and with both the men’s and women’s races offering a $1 million prize purse there is plenty of reason to expect two hotly contested races. 

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Women’s favourites 

In the women’s field, Britain’s Kat Matthews is the highest ranked competitor. The world number four was added to the start list late, and fellow Brit Lucy Charles-Barclay will hope she can surpass Matthews both in the rankings and on the day. 

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 07: Kat Matthews of Britain celebrates winning the women’s race at IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea on August 7, 2022 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for IRONMAN

But both will have plenty to contend with another late entrant: Flora Duffy. The current Olympic Champion, she added the 2022 Commonwealth Games Gold to her tally this year and will no doubt be in it to win it at the event in Dallas.

New Zealander Ashleigh Gentle will look to complete a unique North American double in Dallas, after she won the PTO Canadian Open, while as the highest-ranked US athlete, Taylor Knibb will be up for the race on home soil. 

Men’s favourites

The PTO’s world number three Magnus Ditlev and number four ranked Lionel Sanders head the field and will both be eager to record wins in the absence of Kristian Blummenfelt and Gustav Iden

The women’s PTO US Open will take place on Saturday 17 September, with the men’s following on the Sunday. 

Men’s start list

NameCountry
Magnus DitlevDEN
Lionel SandersCAN
Daniel BaekkegardDEN
Florian AngertGER
Sam LongUSA
Rudy Von BergUSA
Matt HansonUSA
Jackson LaundryCAN
Ben KanuteUSA
Sam LaidlowFRA
Frederic Funk GER
Reinaldo Colucci BRA
Jason West USA
Chris Leiferman USA
Bradley Weiss RSA
Kyle Smith NZL
Pieter Heemeryck BEL
Kristian Hogenhaug DEN
Collin ChartierUSA
Samuel AppletonAUS
Miki Moerck TaagholtDEN
Clement MignonFRA
Jesper Svensson SWE
Sebastian Kienle GER
Andre Lopes BRA
Aaron Royle AUS
Kyle Buckingham RSA
Thor Bendix Madsen DEN
Matt Trautman RSA
Pablo Dapena Gonzalez ESP
Mika Noodt GER
Filipe Azevedo POR
Josh Amberger AUS
Jan Stratmann GER
Paul Schuster GER
Trevor Foley USA
Andrew Starykowicz USA
Caleb Noble AUS
Matthew Sharpe CAN
Nick Kastelein AUS
Thomas Bishop GBR
Casper Stornes NOR
Vetle Bergsvik Thorn NOR

Women’s start list

NameCountry
Kat Matthews GBR
Lucy Charles-Barclay GBR
Ashleigh Gentle AUS
Taylor Knibb USA
Paula Findlay CAN
Holly Lawrence GBR
Fenella Langridge GBR
Jackie Hering USA
Ruth Astle GBR
Jocelyn McCauley USA
Lisa Norden SWE
Tamara Jewett CAN
Sophie Watts USA
Ellie Salthouse AUS
Sarissa De Vries NED
Sara Perez Sala ESP
Imogen Simmonds SUI
Danielle Lewis USA
Lotte Wilms NED
Manon Genet FRA
India Lee GBR
Marjolaine Pierré FRA
Grace Thek AUS
Rachel “Rach” McBride CAN
Rebecca Clarke NZL
Lesley Smith USA
Natia Van Heerden RSA
Mollie Hebda USA
Grace Alexander USA
Flora Duffy BER
Lottie Lucas UAE
Patrick Ryan
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