While Jess Learmouth, Vicky Holland and Georgia Taylor-Brown are Team GBs medal contenders, all eyes will be on Flora Duffy ahead of the femaless triathlon.
Duffy has actually been widely tipped to victory, having won the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2016 and 2017, a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games 3 years back and 5 XTERRA world titles.
Her success at Gold Coast 2018 saw her become Bermudas very first female Commonwealth gold medallist. Were she to wind up on top of the podium this time around, she would make history as the first Bermudian to win Olympic gold.
Driven, hungry and laser focused, her mix of experience and expertise as a bicyclist, swimmer and runner make her a powerful competitor. Having actually completed a frustrating eighth in Rio and failed to make her mark in Beijing and London, she has an indicate prove in Tokyo.
” This is a one-day occasion where whatever matters, from the last four– or five– years of your life,” she told triathlon.org previously this month.” Its massive, and you dont constantly get another shot. This will be my last Olympics, Im not going to be going to Paris, so Im at the top of my game and Tokyo is the day that matters for me.”
The triathlon can be an extremely unpredictable event, nevertheless, and frequently defies its billing. Duffy has had to conquer numerous injury setbacks recently and finished fourth on the planet Triathlon Championship Series in Leeds last month, having made a sluggish start in the water.
” [In Leeds] I got hammered in the swim and had to work my method up the field,” she stated. “I did the very best to bridge the gap and my bike was solid..
” I didnt even think I was going to begin the race so I can be delighted with fourth. I was most anxious about my run but that was the very best of the three sectors. I needed to overcome quite a bit of difficulty in that race and work for that result.”.
Other rivals in the mix for medals include Team USAs Summer Rappaport, Katie Zaferes and Taylor Knibb, while Swiss veteran Nicola Spirig and relative newbie Maya Kingma — representing the Netherlands — could likewise end up on the podium. Reuters.
This will be my last Olympics, Im not going to be going to Paris, so Im at the top of my video game and Tokyo is the day that matters for me.”
The triathlon can be an extremely unforeseeable event, however, and frequently defies its billing.” I didnt even think I was going to begin the race so I can be delighted with fourth.