On the eve of the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final, the International Triathlon Union (ITU), Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee and Japanese Triathlon Union have announced the dates for the 2019 test event for the Tokyo 2020 Games. From August 15 to 18, the World Olympic Qualification Event will incorporate elite female and male races, Mixed Relay and Paratriathlon races.
Odaiba Marine Park will be the site of both the test event and Tokyo 2020 Games. The race in 2019 will be the perfect opportunity for Canada’s elite to get a first glance of the course they will race on in 2020.
The elite individual races will start in Odaiba Bay (1.5K), then head out on the 40K bike ride in and around the park, passing through the leafy West Promenade district and its waterfalls before finishing with a 10km run in the same setting.
The Mixed Relay has been added to the Olympic programme for the first time come 2020. It involves teams of two men and two women completing a short-course triathlon, each team member completing a 300m swim, a 7.4K bike ride and a 2K run before handing off to a teammate.
The Paratriathlon will consist of a 750m swim, a 20K bike ride and a 5K run, also in Odaiba Bay.
The Individual events will take place on Thursday 15 and Friday 16 August, with 65 men and 65 women participating, and will reward the same points for the Ranking and Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking as the Grand Final.
The Mixed Relay event will see 20 teams competing and will form part of the 2019 Mixed Relay Series, rewarding series-level points for the Mixed Relay World Ranking and the Mixed Relay Olympic Qualification Ranking.
The World Cup Paratriathlon event will be on Saturday, August 17th, with 70 paratriathletes participating.