Duffy wins test event after Learmonth and Taylor-Brown disqualified

Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown dominated the day, but were disqualified for trying to tie for the win, which made Flora Duffy's comeback a winning one at the 2019 Tokyo ITU Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event.

| August 15, 2019 | NEWS

Flora Duffy seen here racing at last year\'s WTS Yokohama race.

Flora Duffy seen here racing at last year's WTS Yokohama race.

Photo >Delly Carr | ITU

The controversy started even before the women's race began at today's 2019 Tokyo ITU Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event when it was announced that the run would be shortened to 5 km thanks to the high temperatures and humidity - reported to be over 30 degrees Celsius and 85 percent.

For many countries, the test event was to serve as an Olympic qualifier, but many announced that might change thanks to the shortened run.

Learmonth dominates the swim

Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth strung the field out in the water, opening a gap of about 15 m on the rest of the women. Next out was American Summer Rappaport, who had about a dozen women in tow as they hit T1.

Learmonth rode clear of the chase group for one lap, with American Katie Zaferes looking to try and bridge up, but the cycling force that is Bermuda's Flora Duffy was back after a 14-month absence due to injury, and drove the group back together, first catching Zaferes and then Learmonth.

A few laps later Zaferes and countrywoman Kirsten Kasper would go down on the bike. Kasper was quick to get back on to the course and would jump in with the chase group, which was about a minute behind the leaders, but WTS leader Zaferes (she won four of the first five WTS races this year) would have to withdraw.

Duffy would maintain the pressure throughout the bike with some help from Learmonth and another Brit, Georgia Taylor-Brown. By the time they were through the 40 km bike they'd eviscerated all but three others, leaving a group of six to hit T2 - along with those three were American Taylor Spivey, Italy's Alice Betto and Brazil's Vittoria Lopes.

The chase pack was a shade under two minutes down starting the run.

Learmonth and Taylor-Brown in control ... then out

Once out on the run Duffy, Learmonth and Taylor-Brown quickly moved away from the rest of the women in the group, with the two British athletes opening up a gap on Duffy about halfway through the first loop of the run. The two training partners would run virtually stride for stride through the rest of the race, talking to each other and making sure they each got water at each of the many aid stations set up to help deal with the heat. 

Taylor-Brown looked to be the one most ready for a sprint, but once the pair hit the blue carpet they stayed together and clasped hands just before the line. The ITU has a rule disqualifying athletes who purposely try to finish a race in a tie, which meant the two would be disqualified, putting Duffy atop the podium. Betto had managed to hang on to fourth, which meant she was suddenly second in the new Tokyo Test reality, while Vicky Holland managed to run her way past a struggling Spivey, who appeared to be shattered by the heat and the pace on the bike, and Lopes to nail fifth, or third once her countrywomen were taken out of the standings.

2019 Tokyo ITU Triathlon Olympic Qualification Event

August 14, 2019 | Tokyo, Japan

Name

Country

Overall

1.5 km Swim

40 km Bike

5 km Run

1

Flora Duffy

BER

1:40:19

0:19:48

1:01:47

0:17:23

2

Alice Betto

ITA

1:40:54

0:19:45

1:01:50

0:17:54

3

Vicky Holland

GBR

1:41:11

0:19:58

1:03:20

0:16:30

4

Vittoria Lopes

BRA

1:41:21

0:19:40

1:01:55

0:18:22

5

Summer Rappaport

USA

1:41:25

0:19:36

1:03:51

0:16:36

6

Laura Lindemann

GER

1:41:27

0:20:07

1:03:15

0:16:42

7

Non Stanford

GBR

1:41:32

0:20:04

1:03:17

0:16:48

8

Taylor Spivey

USA

1:41:38

0:19:50

1:01:45

0:18:40

9

Sophie Coldwell

GBR

1:41:59

0:20:14

1:03:12

0:17:13

10

Annamaria Mazzetti

ITA

1:42:04

0:20:04

1:03:21

0:17:17

11

Luise Baptista

BRA

1:42:07

0:20:10

1:03:19

0:17:22

12

Emilie Morier

FRA

1:42:21

0:20:16

1:03:05

0:17:35

13

Miriam Casillas Garcia

ESP

1:42:25

0:20:18

1:03:06

0:17:38

14

Kirsten Kasper

USA

1:42:40

0:19:52

1:03:30

0:17:57

15

Emma Jackson

AUS

1:42:55

0:19:46

1:03:39

0:18:06

16

Taylor Knibb

USA

1:43:07

0:20:13

1:03:11

0:18:15

17

Rachel Klamer

NED

1:43:18

0:20:53

1:04:18

0:16:48

18

Simone Ackerman

RSA

1:43:32

0:19:43

1:03:44

0:18:44

19

Cassandre Beaugrand

FRA

1:43:39

0:20:01

1:03:21

0:18:54

20

Leonie Periault

FRA

1:43:39

0:20:26

1:04:45

0:17:04

21

Lisa Perterer

AUT

1:43:43

0:20:55

1:04:19

0:17:04

22

Anastasia Gorbunova

RUS

1:43:44

0:19:42

1:03:38

0:18:57

23

Yuko Takahashi

JPN

1:43:44

0:20:24

1:04:48

0:17:14

24

Ashleigh Gentle

AUS

1:43:49

0:21:12

1:04:00

0:17:17

25

Juri Ide

JPN

1:43:52

0:20:28

1:04:46

0:17:18

26

Lisa Tertsch

GER

1:43:53

0:20:54

1:04:24

0:17:18

27

Joanna Brown

CAN

1:43:56

0:20:54

1:04:17

0:17:27

28

Natalie Van Coevorden

AUS

1:44:01

0:20:47

1:04:21

0:17:28

29

Carolyn Hayes

IRL

1:44:04

0:20:49

1:04:28

0:17:31

30

Veren Steinhauser

ITA

1:44:15

0:20:54

1:04:14

0:17:44

31

Claire Michel

BEL

1:44:16

0:21:02

1:04:13

0:17:40

32

Claudia Rivas

MEX

1:44:27

0:20:51

1:04:24

0:17:47

33

Carolie Pohle

GER

1:44:39

0:20:47

1:04:25

0:18:07

34

Sara Vilic

AUT

1:44:48

0:20:27

1:04:44

0:18:19

35

Jessica Romer Tinoco

MEX

1:44:50

0:20:59

1:04:16

0:18:12

36

Jaz Hedgeland

AUS

1:44:58

0:20:50

1:04:21

0:18:25

37

Kaidi Kivioja

EST

1:45:03

0:21:12

1:04:05

0:18:27

38

Sandra Dodet

FRA

1:45:16

0:21:10

1:04:04

0:18:39

39

Cecelia Perez

MEX

1:45:25

0:20:31

1:04:47

0:18:45

40

Lisa Berger

SUI

1:45:36

0:21:01

1:04:12

0:19:01

41

Alexandra Razarenova

RUS

1:45:45

0:20:56

1:04:23

0:18:59

42

Sophie Corbridge

NZL

1:45:47

0:20:51

1:04:24

0:19:14

43

Mengying Zhong

CHN

1:46:12

0:21:09

1:04:12

0:19:31

44

Emma Jeffcoat

AUS

1:46:23

0:20:09

1:05:00

0:19:49

45

Romana Gajdosova

SVK

1:47:06

0:21:12

1:04:03

0:20:26

46

Zsanett Bragmayer

HUN

1:47:22

0:19:45

1:05:31

0:20:47

47

Julia Hauser

AUT

1:48:18

0:22:05

1:07:02

0:17:47

48

Nina Eim

GER

1:48:32

0:22:05

1:07:02

0:18:03

49

Jolanda Annen

SUI

1:49:06

0:21:21

1:07:47

0:18:33

50

Long Hoi

MAC

1:49:24

0:22:03

1:07:07

0:18:52

51

Ye Jin Park

KOR

1:50:45

0:21:14

1:07:56

0:20:09

52

Jia-Chi Kuo

TPE

1:50:46

0:22:04

1:07:00

0:20:12

53

Kseniia Levkoska

AZE

1:51:41

0:20:51

1:08:20

0:21:03

54

Chi Wen Chang

TPE

1:51:54

0:22:07

1:07:02

0:21:20

DNF

Katie Zaferes

USA

DNF

0:19:38

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Melanie Santos

POR

DNF

0:20:30

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Yuka Sato

JPN

DNF

0:20:20

1:04:56

0:00:00

DNF

Gillian Sanders

RSA

DNF

0:22:02

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Maya Kingma

NED

DNF

0:19:42

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Yi Zhang

CHN

DNF

0:20:52

0:00:00

0:00:00

DNF

Yun-Jug Jang

KOR

DNF

0:21:05

1:08:12

0:00:00

DSQ

Jessica Learmonth

GBR

DSQ

0:19:26

1:02:08

0:17:12

DSQ

Georgia Taylor Brown

GBR

DSQ

0:19:43

1:01:50

0:17:11

LAP

Adriana Barraza

MEX

LAP

0:20:55

0:00:00

0:00:00

LAP

Kim Kilgroe

PHI

LAP

0:23:03

0:00:00

0:00:00

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