By ASTC on 04/06/17 at 9:56 am
From Thursday morning to right before the race start, it had been heavy rain for 3 days. LOC had hard time with venue setup. Heavy rain and low tide in the ocean made strong current in the river where swim venue is. Technical Delegate decided to shorten the distance to minimize swimming against strong current after consulting with coaches and athletes.
Jumpei Furuya and other 4 Japanese athletes finished swim segment forming a leading pack. Two chasing packs consisted of athletes from Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, and Korea couldn’t reduce the gap to the leading pack in bike segment. So podium positions became a competition among 5 Japanese leading athletes in the run segment. Jempei crossed the finish line first. Kotaro Watanabe, Koki Yamamoto, Ryousuke Maeda and Makoto Odakura were following the winner.
Women race started 10 minutes after the men swim started. Again two Japanese Aoi Kuramoto and Naomi Takamine came in first and 2nd places. And following two Japanese top two finishers, Chia-Chia Chang crossed the finish line with home crowd cheering.