Three members of the ITU Gold Group, Barbara Riveros Diaz (CHI), Helen Jenkins (GBR) andMariko Adachi (JPN), are considered as the favorites in the women’s field. They all competed in the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Sydney last week, yet Riveros Diaz scored a far better result than the others, finishing second after Canadian Paula Findlay by two seconds.
The men’s field will be very close with a group of emerging talents to line up along with 2002 ITU World Champion Ivan Rana (ESP). Last year’s Asian Games Champion Yuichi Hosoda and silver medallist Ryosuke Yamamoto are vying for the World Cup title on home soil. Other strong contenders to watch for include Russian Ivan Vasiliev and Aussie James Seear.
The Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup is the longest running ITU World Cup event, having been held every year since 1996. The island, approximately 2,000km southwest of Tokyo, becomes a triathlon mecca in Japan’s triathlon scene over the years of development, drawing over 1,600 age-group triathletes from all over the region. The emerald green ocean welcomes athletes every year.
Elite men start – Sunday, April 17 – 3:45 p.m. (UTC/GMT +9) Click here for time in your area
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TOTAL PRIZE MONEY:
$50,000 USD (equal for men & women)
Swim – Two-lap, 1.5k swim in Tonoshiro Fishery Harbor
Bike – Seven-lap, a technical 40k leg with athletes riding up and over a large bridge
Run – Three-lap, 10k run including the same hills of the bridge
STORIES TO WATCH FOR:
Rising Japan’s Athletes aims for the podium – The Japanese squad is vying for podium spots on home soil. In the women’s field, Japan’s ace and the Asian Games champion Mariko Adachifinished 19th in Sydney, while 2010 Huatulco ITU Triathlon World Cup winner Ai Ueda came in 7th. 2010 Asian Games silver medallist Akane Tsuchihashi, 3-time Olympian and defending championKiyomi Niwata, and Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic champion Yuka Sato are also strong contenders. In men’s field, 2010 Asian Games champion Yuichi Hosoda and Ryosuke Yamamoto, 2010 national champion and the Asian Games silver medallist, headline the men’s team.
Wide Open men’s field – The men’s field will be very close with a group of emerging talents to line up along with 2002 ITU World Champion Ivan Rana (ESP). Ivan Vasiliev (RUS), who led the Sydney race after the swim, is set to lead a top group. His teammate Vladimir Turbaevskiy (RUS) is another to watch, finishing 20th at the Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Grand Final Budapest last year. Other strong contenders are 3-time Olympian Hunter Kemper (USA), James Seear (AUS), who was 3rd in the 2010 Mooloolaba ITU Triathlon World Cup, and Andreas Giglmayr(AUT), who came in 30th in Sydney last week.
2010 Kiyomi Niwata (JPN) Valentin Meshcheryakov (RUS)
2009 Juri Ide (JPN) Courtney Atkinson (AUS)
2008 Emma Snowsill (AUS) Simon Whitfield (CAN)
2007 Vanessa Fernandes (POR) Courtney Atkinson (AUS)
2006 Debbie Tanner (NZL) Courtney Atkinson (AUS)