White Gets a Taste of Tokyo

Russell White - Tokyo Test Event 2019_Bike

Overnight in Japan it was the turn of the Elite Men to tackle the conditions at the Tokyo ITU World Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event. The wind picked up, meaning lower temperatures than for the women's race, but increased chop in the water and crosswind on the bike course. While the women's race yesterday was held over a five kilometre run course, the men's race was held over the full distance course due to the lower temperatures on race day.

Russell White - Tokyo Test Event 2019_T2

Strong result for Russell

White swam well, sitting 15th at the midway point of the 1500 metre swim, and got out onto the bike course in the large chase pack. Running the ten kilometres in 34:36, Russell White finished 34th of the 65 starters in a top class field. The race was won by Canada's Tyler Mislawchuk.

Speaking after his race, Russell White felt the challenge of the technical circuit;

"Brutal course, amazing course - well set up and well designed. It was a tough swim, windier for us than the girls yesterday and that meant choppier waters for the swim."

"Fairly technical on the bike with the corners but added crosswinds and made it very difficult."

Russell White - Tokyo Test Event 2019_Run

Overall, White was pleased with his performance and, importantly, coped well with the challenging conditions;

"Happy with my performance. I coped quite well in the heat which usually is quite difficult for me but it seemed ok. I think I was mid thirties, I would obviously like to have been higher but it was still a good day in the office and still a good way to check out the course. Hopefully I'll be here this time next year!"

James Edgar - Tokyo Test Event 2019_Swim

Also racing was James Edgar, who is focussing on the Mixed Team Relay this Sunday. James had the opportunity to gain some great experience against the best in the world ahead of the World Under 23 Championships in Lausanne in a few weeks.

James Edgar - Tokyo Test Event 2019_Bike

Results and Replay

You can catch up on the action from Tokyo in the race report here.

The live stream of the race is available on triathlonlive.tv.