Olympic spots up for grabs at Asian Champs

by Chelsea White on 29 Apr, 2016 03:37 • EspaƱol

Olympic qualifying spots are up for grabs this weekend at the 2016 Hatsukaichi ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships. The Japanese city is offering up a full schedule of racing that includes juniors, U23s, paratriathlon, elite and a 4 X mixed relay event.

As the last continental confederation to have its qualifying race, the winner of the elite men’s and women’s race will automatically qualify an Olympic spot for their National Federation for Rio this summer.

In the men’s field, Japan stacks the start list by marking the first three names on the roster with Yuichi Hosoda, Ryosuke Yamamoto and Jumpei Furuya. Hosoda returns as the 2015 ASTC Champion, so he will be looking to reclaim his title. But with the motivation to gain an Olympic spot for their federation, the competition will be heated as many athletes are vying for a spot. One will be Jordan’s Lawrence Fanous, who has been making the rounds on World Cup calendar this season

On the women’s side Japan’s own Ai Ueda tops the start list. She won the ASTC Championships last year in New Taipei, so she has the chance to become a back-to-back champion. She also is one of the top Japanese women on the WTS and World Cup circuits, she just recently finished in the top-ten in the WTS Gold Coast and is within the top-ten rankings for Olympic qualifying points.

Related Event: 2016 Hatsukaichi ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships
29 - 01 May, 2016 • event pageall results
Results: Elite Men
1. Hirokatsu Tayama JPN 01:55:16
2. Faquan Bai CHN 01:55:27
3. Ji Hwan Kim KOR 01:55:38
4. Zhihang Jiang CHN 01:55:49
5. Ji Hong Lee KOR 01:55:56
Results: Elite Women
1. Ai Ueda JPN 02:04:04
2. Yurie Kato JPN 02:04:15
3. Yuka Sato JPN 02:04:35
4. Yuko Takahashi JPN 02:04:49
5. Lianyuan Wang CHN 02:05:21
Results: U23 Men
1. Ryousuke Maeda JPN 01:58:26
2. Takanori Sugihara JPN 01:58:40
3. Eun Sung Lee KOR 01:58:49
4. Kotaro Watanabe JPN 01:58:53
5. Koki Yamamoto JPN 02:01:54
Results: U23 Women
1. Hiraku Fukuoka JPN 02:10:14
2. Fumika Matsumoto JPN 02:13:42
3. Honami Nakajima JPN 02:15:49
4. Shiho Sato JPN 02:20:01
5. Sayu Arizono JPN 02:20:35
Results: Junior Men
1. James Tan HKG 00:57:55
2. Michael Lam HKG 00:58:01
3. Shing Him Yu HKG 00:58:03
4. Izumi Aoki JPN 00:58:28
5. Ryoma Kobayashi JPN 00:58:34
Results: Junior Women
1. Hye Rim Jeong KOR 01:01:36
2. Minami Kubono JPN 01:02:32
3. Solji Om KOR 01:02:42
4. Fuka Sega JPN 01:03:15
5. Nanami Nakayama JPN 01:04:08
Results: Men's PT1
1. Jumpei Kimura H1 JPN 01:09:24
2. Seiji Tanaka H1 JPN 01:14:05
Results: Men's PT2
1. Kenshiro Nakayama JPN 01:20:44
2. Masafumi Yasui JPN 01:28:05
3. Shigeyuki Sugawara JPN 01:45:27
4. Nobuhisa Osada JPN 01:52:50
Results: Men's PT3
1. Jiachao Wang CHN 01:06:26
2. Hideki Uda JPN 01:11:28
3. Norihide Inui JPN 01:15:29
4. Mohd Sabki Bin Arifin MAS 01:18:42
5. Chikara Ara JPN 01:19:24
Results: Men's PT4
1. Keiichi Sato JPN 01:03:07
2. Toshio Furuhata JPN 01:07:50
3. Qimin Yu CHN 01:13:30
4. Nobuyki Kagami JPN 01:16:14
5. Tsukasa Kaneko JPN 01:17:56
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