These are the eight wildcard athletes for the PTO Asian Open

PTO Asian Open (picture: press release)

The PTO has announced its four wildcards for the PTO Asian Open men’s and women’s races in Singapore on Saturday 19 and 20 August.

On the men’s side, Marten Van Riel (BEL) gets his second PTO Tour wildcard in a week following his inclusion for the PTO US Open. Many believe Van Riel is well suited to the longer distance given his bike power and ability to swim at the front of the pack – as well as his middle-distance world best time in Dubai last year. In August, he’ll get two opportunities to measure up.

David McNamee from Great Britain is rewarded with a start for his 11th place finish at the PTO European Open in Ibiza and 2nd place at the recent Challenge Salou.

New Zealander Mike Phillips gets his first PTO Tour start after some strong results this season that include him having won the Ironman 70.3 Geelong and Ironman New Zealand races in March.

The final men’s wildcard goes to the popular German Mika Noodtwho is back to fitness after a long lay off since the Ironman 70.3 World Championships last October.

On the women’s side Amelia Watkinson (NZL) gets another crack at a PTO Open after finishing 16th at the PTO European Open. Watkinson will be looking to build on a promising 4th place at Challenge Family’s The Championship.

Radka Kahlefeldt (CZE), who is very popular in South East Asia having won and podiumed there in many races, gets her second shot at a PTO Tour race. Having led at Ironman Australia in May before finishing second to Kylie Simpson, Kahlefeldt is having a solid season that has included four 2nd place finishes – in Ironman Cairns, Ironman 70.3 Geelong, the Husky Ultimate at the start of the year and Ironman Australia.

Ruth Astle is the third women’s wildcard. The three time Ironman winner will start her third race of the season in Singapore, looking to improve on 7th position in Challenge Gran Canaria and then a frustrating DNF at the World Triathlon Long Distance Championships in Ibiza when she was battling a pre-existing calf injury and pulled out at the start of the run.

Australian Penny Slater is the final women’s wildcard. Racing Kona in 2022 as one of the youngest professional females highlighted her ambition to reach the top echelons of the sport and she has had promising performances this season, where she has made the podium in four of her five races.

Here you’ll find the earlier announced women’s pro field.

Here you’ll find the earlier announced men’s pro field.