The World Triathlon Series turns to Asia with the third stop on the circuit in Yokohama. Joao Silva (POR), who is the only athlete to podium in both Auckland and San Diego, returns to defend his 2011 and 2012 titles in the men's race, but will face stiff competition from Jonathan Brownlee (GBR) as the Olympic bronze medallist makes his season debut.
The women's race is open for the taking, with a strong group slated to toe the line, led by Japan's own Juri Ide and American Gwen Jorgensen.
The BBC has highlights on Sunday from 14:40 to 15:45 on BBC2.
Live coverage is on the red button on Saturday morning at:
Women’s race: 00:00 – 2:00
Men’s race: 03:00 – 05:00.
The downtown course is a stunner, taking in one of the largest urban national parks in Japan, Yamashita Park. It offers stunning views of the Bay Bridge and Minato Mirai and superb spectator vantage points around the multi-lap course on both the bike and run.
About the race:
The ITU World Triathlon Series returns to Yokohama for the fourth time. The series first appeared in Japan in 2009. The Japanese portal city skipped the 2010 series, but it reappeared on the WTS calendar in 2011. Due to the devastating earthquake, the event was postponed to later that year with ranking points counting towards to the 2012 season.
Elite Women – Saturday 11 May – 08:00 (UTC/GMT +9) Click here to time in your area
Elite Men – Saturday 11 May – 11:00 (UTC/GMT +9) Click here for time in your area
Image: Delly Carr/ITU