Four days of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Test Events get underway on Thursday with the Elite Women’s Tokyo 2019 Olympic Qualification Event in Odaiba Park. With several countries using the race as a direct chance to qualify for next year’s Olympic 2020 Games, complicatedly planned preparation programs have been underway for weeks.
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The 1.5km swim consists of two 750m laps starting on the pontoon by Odaiba Beach and heading into Tokyo Bay towards Bird Island. The athlete’s transition on Seaside Park before title onto a technically demanding 8-lap, 40km bike course that takes in the gardens of West Promenade before a strong reduction to head north and under Wangan-Doro Avenue and another reduction to head back towards evolution. The 4-lap run then circles the park, finishing in grand style back on the edge of Tokyo Bay.
In a sport of few warranties, Great Britain’s qualification criteria do offer up one certainty for leading World Champion Vicky Holland: as an Olympic medalist a pedestal finish at the Test Event will see her proximately onto the Tokyo 2020 Olympic start list
Holland’s adjoining enemy last year, USA’s Katie Zaferes, has been in the form of her life in 2019, winning four of the first five World Series races of the year. Side-stepping last month’s WTS Edmonton, Zaferes will be fresh and ready for her first taste of the Odaiba circuit, part of a forbidding line up from Team USA that includes Taylor Spivey.
Summer Rappaport (second in Yokohama and Edmonton), a returning Kirsten Kasper and current U23 World Champion Taylor Knibb. According to USAT rules, if two of the five Americans pedestal they will both guarantee their spot at Tokyo 2020 Olympic. If one pedestal, a top-eight finish would be enough to ensure the second qualification place.
Amalgamation on a start line for the first time since the 2018 WTS Hamburg will be one of the true greats, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy. The two-time World Champion finally surrendered to injury in that race and has been on the long road to recovery ever since.
Thanks to an authoritative run display at WTS Hamburg, Britain’s Non-Stanford marked her return to the top at just the right time as she plots a course to the Olympic and a bid to improve on her fourth place in Rio.
Stanford and Holland placed second and third correspondingly at the Rio Test Event a few years ago, while teammate Georgia Taylor Brown has been the escaping British star over the past two years and will also be looking to book her place on the plane back to Tokyo 2020 in the coming months.
A strong Japanese trio consisting of multiple World Cup winner and WTS medallist Juri Ide, Yuko Takahashi and two-time Asian Games champions Yuka Sato all have the potential and experience to deliver something special on home soil.
Claire Michel and Miriam Casillas have unfinished Olympic business on their minds heading to the Test Event after disappointment in Rio 2016, while another former Olympian, Estonia’s Kaidi Kivioja, represents the ASICS World Triathlon Team seeking a self-esteem-boost up performance after a difficult 2019 so far.
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