Aileen Reid is set to lead the Irish challenge as the World Triathlon Series hits Yokohama, Japan this weekend.
The Derry triathlete will be joined by fellow Irish team-mates Bryan Keane (Cork) and Russell White (Banbridge) competing in the men’s race.
Reid goes into Yokohama ranked 7th on the start line followed her excellent 7th place finish on the Gold Coast last time out and she wants to continue to contend in the top 10 following some disappointing early season results.
“I just didn’t hit those first two races right and by the time I got to the third race (Gold Coast) I was ready to go,” said the Culmore Road native.
“I really wanted to become a consistent athlete where I was always having good results in the top 10.”
Gwen Jorgenson goes into the women’s race as the clear favourite as she looks to continue her winning streak with Andrea Hewitt of New Zealand and Barbara Riveros of Chile ranked second and third.
Reid’s best result in Yokohama was a 4th place finish in 2011 but the London Olympian is in good form and looking for another top result to build on her Gold Coast top 10.
“I’ve been to Yokohama maybe four or five times I think and it’s a great place, the people are so friendly. It’s a challenging course with maybe 77 corners on the whole course, so lots of spikes in your power profile.”
In the men’s race the London Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee will likely battle it out with the Spanish trio of Gomaz, Mola and Alarza for the win while Irish eyes will be on Bryan Keane and Russell White who line up wearing number 39 and 65 respectably.
Watch the women’s race live via the BBC Red Button or www.triathlonlive.tv from 2am Saturday morning and the men’s race from 5am or highlights from 4:30pm, Sunday on BBC Two.
I’ve been to Yokohama maybe four or five times I think and it’s a great place, the people are so friendly. It’s a challenging course with maybe 77 corners on the whole course, so lots of spikes in your power profile.Aileen Reid