The attention of the triathlete world this week is focused on Japan, where the race is held Olympic Games test that are celebrated within a year in Tokyo, an appointment that helps triathletes and technicians to know first-hand the circuits and conditions that will be found next year in the most important sporting event on the planet.
Two different criteria for Olympic places
Many countries also use this test as national qualifier for the Olympic places which makes it a vital test for many triathletes.
In the case of Spain, the Feminine criteria are maintained in this Tokyo test, while the masculine criterion, after a decision by the Technical Directorate, agreed with the athletes involved and approved by the Board of Directors, has moved to the Grand Final of the Lausanne World Series to favor the fight for the World Cup of our triathletes. (More information about the Olympic classification criteria: http://triatlon.org/triweb/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CRITERIOS-JJO-TOKYO-2020.pdf)
Miriam Casillas our representative in the women's event
Miriam Casillas It will be the female representative in the test to be played in Olympic distance with the sights set on the TOP10 in order to meet the technical criteria set to attend the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
It will not be easy in a race in which an important battle between the British will take place (Learmonth, Taylor-Brown, The Netherlands, Standford, Coldwell) and Americans (Zaferes, Spivey, Rappaport, Knibb, Kasper) as usual, along with other big names like the French Beaugrand, the Australian Gentle, the Belgian Claire Michel or the dutch Rachel Klamer. To all of them, he joins Flora Duffy, the 2016 and 2017 World Champion who reappears in this event, without a doubt, with her sights set on next year's Olympic gold.
Genis Grau our representative in the men's test
For its part, Genis Grau will take the start in the men's event. An appointment in which you can continue to accumulate international experience in a season in which you have already been able to compete in a Mixed Relay World Series in Nottingham and several World Cups (8th in Madrid and Tiszaujvaros), in addition to the European tests at the start of the year where he reaped great results, including a victory at Sines EC.
Their rivals will be of the greatest importance with Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) at the head, the Norwegians Blummenfelt, Iden y Stornes, the South African Schoeman, Belgian Geens y Van Rail or the British Jonny Brownlee y Alex Yee, among many other world-class triathletes, who as usual this season in World Series will offer us an exciting race, very open and unpredictable to elucidate the podium positions.
There will also be proof of the Mixed Relay
The pre-Olympic event will also feature a date from the Mixed Relay World Series, in which Spain will participate to stay on the positive line of the latest shares from Hamburg and Edmonton.
A Miriam Casillas y Genis Grau they join the recent European bronze sprint, Tamara Gómez and David Castro, completing a team of relays with maximum competitive guarantees.
To close the test, there is also a Paratriathlon World Cup, with the possibility of knowing the circuits that will be found at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Spain will have the canary Juan Jesús Aguiar at the PTS4 start.