Japan topped the podium at the 2016 Asian Triathlon Championship. The winner of the men’s and women’s race both qualify to the Olympics. The Asian Triathlon Championship was held in Hatsukaichi, Japan from April 29th to May 1st 2016.
The swimming portion of the women’s race was led by Mariko Adachi whom came out of the water over 10 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. She was quickly caught up during the cycling portion where the lead group was made up of 6 athletes from Japan and 2 athletes from China. As the running portion progressed the field winnowed until Ai Ueda of Japan was the only athlete remaining. She would win the race and a spot at the Olympics with a time of 2:04:04. The podium was filled with her compatriots Yurie Kato and Yuka Sato whom won the silver and bronze medal respectively.
In the men’s race South Korea’s Seo Seung Hun was the first athlete to come out of the water though was closely followed by the rest of the pack. The lead group of 18 athletes remained together during the majority of the cycling portion leaving the running leg to be the deciding factor. In the end a very strong run by Japan’s Hirokatsu Tayama gave him the title and an Olympic quota as he finished with a time of 1:55:16. China’s Bai Faquan and South Korea’s Kim Ji Hwan won the silver and bronze medal respectively.
This was the final continental qualifier. However, over 80% of the quotas will be allocated after the final update of the Olympic rankings set to be published on May 15th.
Quotas by Nations
- Japan – 2
- ITU. Hatsukaichi Triathlon Asian Championships Men – Results. Access on April 30 2016.
- ITU. Hatsukaichi Triathlon Asian Championships Women – Results. Access on April 30 2016.