ITU WTS Yokohoma: Men’s preview
We look at the men’s pro field ahead of Yokohoma this weekend.
With Alistair Brownlee not racing in Yokohoma this weekend, the race is wide open and difficult to predict. Joao Silva – the only athlete to podium in both Auckland and San Diego – returns to defend his 2011 and 2012 titles while Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) will make his first WTS appearance of the season after missing San Diego due to injury. With limited race appearances on the schedule, the 23 year old knows he must start strongly in Yokohama.
Javier Gomez (ESP), by contrast, will continue his 100% attendance record this season, looking to bounce back from a disappointing effort in San Diego where he finished in 8th place. Gomez was second here last year when unable to match the run pace of Joao Silva (POR), who himself is back to defend his consecutive titles from 2011 and 2012. Silva looks to continue a consistent start to the season, leading the overall points race after successive podiums to start his 2013 campaign.
Richard Murray (RSA) was 9th here last year, but is now recognised as a genuine podium threat, delivering consistent sub-30 minute times to match the best in the sport. He will look to carry on his good form in San Diego, where he took bronze, with another podium in Yokohama.
The Russians are here in numbers. Andrey Bryukhankov, Dmitry Polyanskiy, Igor Polyanskiy, Denis Vasiliev and Ivan Vasiliev will be a threat if allowed to dictate the pace of the race out of the swim. Polyanskiy sat back slightly on the swim last year, leading to a bronze medal finish.
The Down Under interest includes Ryan Sissons (NZL) and Peter Kerr (AUS) and both have plenty to prove. Sissons has endured a torrid start to his season due to race-time injuries and mechanical failures, while Kerr won the opening World Cup of the year in Mooloolaba and is one of a new generation carrying the expectation of a proud triathlon nation into the season.
The women race at 8.06am on Saturday 11th May, while the men get underway at 11.01am on the same morning. Age group and Paratriathlon events take place on Sunday 12th May. Follow the events live @triathlonlive.
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