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Collin Chartier charges to PTO US Open win in Dallas

Chartier used a stellar run to fly to the win and secure the $100,000 top prize in Texas

The PTO US Open weekend came to a close on Sunday in Dallas, Texas, as many of the tour’s top men battled it out in hot and difficult conditions with the grand prize of $100,000 on the line. American Collin Chartier took the win in impressive fashion, powering to the top of the podium thanks to a blazing split of 1:00:04 on the 18K run course. A similarly quick run of 1:00:53 earned Denmark’s Magnus Ditlev second place after he edged American Sam Long in the closing kilometres. Canadians Jackson LaundryLionel Sanders and Matthew Sharpe finished in 17th, 21st and 32nd place, respectively.

The US Open pro races were 100K in length, with a 2K swim, an 80K bike and an 18K run. The day started with Australia’s Aaron Royle leading out of the water, as he looked to match compatriot Ashleigh Gentle‘s impressive result from Saturday, when she won the women’s race in Dallas. Royle’s lead was slim, however, and he left T1 with American Ben Kanute and France’s Sam Laidlaw right by his side. Chartier, who won Ironman Mont-Tremblant earlier this year, was 16 seconds back of the leaders as he set out on the bike course. Ditlev and Long had two even larger gaps to overcome, with Long sitting close to three minutes behind the lead pack.

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By the 50 km mark on the bike, Long had worked his way through the field, erasing the considerable gap he’d found before him coming out of the water. By that point, he had passed his eventual late-race rivals, Ditlev and Chartier, and moved into third place, but he was still more than a minute behind Laidlaw and Germany’s Florian Angert.

By the time he entered T2, Long’s efforts on the bike had helped him climb to second place, but Angert had a minute lead over the American. However, a great transition helped Long cut that deficit down to 41 seconds, and in just 3 km he passed Angert for the lead. He stayed at the head of the race for most of the run, and while he continued to lay down tremendous splits, it wasn’t enough to hold off the charging Ditlev and Chartier.

Long held onto the lead until about the 13K mark, when Chartier blew past him. Not interested in giving Long any chance to hang with him, Chartier continued to power forward after making the pass, and it soon became clear that the win was his. With a mile to go, the battle for second place was on, and Ditlev used a late surge to push past Long, eventually beating him to the line by 10 seconds.

For full race results from the PTO US Open, click here.