Triathletes face first Olympic qualifier in Yokohama


British triathletes prepare for third ITU World Triathlon Series event of 2019, with the opportunity to tick the first box for Tokyo 2020 selection. The second of three ITU World Paratriathlon Series events also gets underway.

Having stepped onto the World Series podium in both Abu Dhabi and Bermuda, Britain’s Jess Learmonth returns to the start line this Saturday (18 May) in Yokohama looking to repeat her fine run of form so far this season. This occasion holds greater value for the Great Britain squad, however, for if Learmonth or any of her four compatriots medal in the Japanese city, they will meet the criteria for the first stage of Team GB Olympic selection.

Leeds-based training partner Georgia Taylor-Brown and Non Stanford will start alongside Learmonth in a race once again headlined by USA’s Katie Zaferes, unbeaten in 2019.

Tom Bishop and Alex Yee fly the GB flag in the men’s race, the latter having taken silver in the ITU World Series opener in Abu Dhabi. For Yee, this will be his first standard distance race on the World Series circuit.

The second stage of Olympic qualification for Team GB takes place in August at the Tokyo Test Event, where for returning Olympic medallists or those having finished top-three this weekend, a podium spot in Tokyo will see athletes well on the way to a seat on the plane next summer.

A number of Britain’s top paratriathletes will also be in the spotlight for the second of three ITU World Paratriathlon Series races of 2019. With Paralympic selection shifting the focus largely around WPS Montreal, the Tokyo Test Event and ITU Paratriathlon World Championships, and qualification points not up for grabs until later this season, this weekend will be an opportunity for athletes to get race-sharp and blow away any cobwebs following winter training.

Jade Jones-Hall, Melissa Reid, Clare Cashmore and Fran Brown will all open up in Yokohama, with Steve Crowley looking to build on his season opener in Milan.

Great Britain Team; ITU World Triathlon Yokohama (Saturday 18 May 2019)

Men: Tom Bishop, Alex Yee

Women: Jess Learmonth, Non Stanford, Georgia Taylor-Brown

Start List

Great Britain Team; Yokohama ITU World Paratriathlon Series (Saturday 18 May 2019)

Men: Steve Crowley (PTS4)

Women: Jade Jones-Hall (PTWC), Melissa Reid - Guide: Rosie Lindsey (PTVI), Fran Brown (PTS2), Clare Cashmore (PTS5)

Start List


How to watch (ITU World Triathlon Yokohama):

Friday 17 May

22:50-00:50, Paratriathlon race - via

Saturday 18 May

02:00-04:20, Women’s race - BBC Red Button (replayed 08:20-10:40), connected TV or

04:50-07:10, Men’s race, BBC Red Button (replayed 10:40-13:00), connected TV or

Monday 20 May

13:00-14:45, Highlights - BBC Two (19:00-20:45 & 22:15-00:00, BBC Red Button)

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