September 6, 2022

Kat Matthews And Flora Duffy Join PTO US Open Start List

PTO US Open Start List Updates

6 September 2022

London: The Professional Triathletes Organisation (PTO) has announced a second group of professional triathletes who will compete in the women’s and men’s races at the inaugural $1 million PTO US Open (17-18 September). This includes top-seed women’s athlete, PTO World #4 and Team Europe Collins Cup winner Kat Matthews, and reigning Olympic and World Triathlon Champion Flora Duffy

The additional women include: 

  • Kat Matthews (GBR) 
  • Marjolaine Pierre (FRA)
  • Grace Thek (AUS)
  • Lesley Smith (USA)
  • Rebecca Clarke (NZL) 
  • Grace Alexander (USA) 
  • Mollie Hebda (USA) 
  • Flora Duffy (BER) 
  • Natia van Heerden (RSA)
  • Lottie Lucas (UAE)

The additional men include: 

  • Thor Bendix Madsen (DEN) 
  • Pablo Dapena Gonzalez (ESP) 
  • Mika Noodt (GER) 
  • Josh Amberger (AUS) 
  • Jan Stratmann (GER) 
  • Trevor Foley (USA) 
  • Caleb Noble (AUS) 
  • Matt Sharpe (CAN)
  • Thomas Bishop (GBR) 
  • Casper Stornes (NOR) 
  • Velte Thorn (NOR)

The full PTO US Open men’s line-up for Dallas includes PTO World #3 Magnus Ditlev (DEN), #4 Lionel Sanders (CAN), #5 Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and #6 Daniel Baekkegard (DEN). 

In the women’s race there is a strong contingent of American female triathletes, led by PTO World #7 Taylor Knibb and supported by #15 Jackie Hering, #18 Jocelyn McCauley, #23 Sophie Watts, #37 Danielle Lewis and #56 Lesley Smith.

As well as the addition of the women’s field’s top seed – Kat Matthews (PTO World #4) and Olympic Champion Flora Duffy, the US contingent will be up against a stellar line-up of other international stars including: PTO Canadian Open winner and runner-up Ashleigh Gentle (AUS, PTO World #6) and Paula Finlay (CAN, PTO World #9); Team Europe Collins Cup winner Holly Lawrence (GBR, PTO World #11); and the resurgent Lucy Charles-Barclay (GBR, PTO World #5). View the full PTO US Open women’s start list here.

What is unique about triathlon, and the PTO Tour especially, is that amateurs get the chance to watch the world’s best triathletes as well as sign up to compete alongside them – over a 25km or 100km triathlon.

Media wanting to accredit for the PTO US Open should visit https://protriathletes.org/media-accreditation/

For details of where to watch both races live, visit: https://protriathletes.org/events/how-to-watch/

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For further information 

Professional Triathletes Organisation

Anthony Scammell E: [email protected]

About the PTO 

The PTO is a new body co-owned by the professional athletes, seeking to professionalize and grow the sport. The inaugural PTO Tour race schedule for 2022 includes: the first-ever PTO Canadian Open (July 23-24); the second edition of $1.5M Ryder Cup-style Collins Cup (August 20-21), which sees Team Europe take on Team USA and Team International; and the first PTO US Open (September 17-18). Each Open carries a minimum prize money of $1M and will be raced over 100km (2km swim, 80km bike and 18km run). In 2023 and 2024, the PTO Tour plans to expand with the PTO European Open and the PTO Asian Open, alongside their US and Canadian equivalents and the Collins Cup.

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