Four days of Tokyo 2020 Test Events get underway on Thursday with the Elite Women’s 2019 Tokyo Olympic Qualification Event in Odaiba Park.
Going to the start line for the first time since the 2018 WTS Hamburg will be one of the true greats, Bermuda’s Flora Duffy. The two-time World Champion finally succumbed to injury in that race and has been on the long road to recovery ever since.
Now, with a solid block of training behind her once again, Duffy will be ready to prove she has lost none of her devastating power over the past year in pursuit of a third Olympic appearance.
The 1.5km swim consists of two 750m laps starting on the pontoon by Odaiba Beach and heading into Tokyo Bay towards Bird Island. The athletes transition on Seaside Park before heading out onto a technically demanding 8-lap, 40km bike course that takes in the gardens of West Promenade before a sharp cutback to head north and under Wangan-doro Avenue and another cutback to head back towards transition. The 4-lap run then circles the park, finishing in grand style back on the edge of Tokyo Bay.