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Hokkaido Governor Suzuki Asks People Not to Come Watch Olympic Marathon and Race Walks
With regard to the issue of spectators at the Tokyo Olympics marathon and race walk events, at a road work and budgetary special committee meeting on July 1, Hokkaido governor Naomichi Suzuki commented, "With a basic principle of asking people to refrain from watching along the course, we would like to seek guidance on effective safety measures (from the organizing committee)". The Tokyo Olympics marathon and race walk competitions are scheduled to take place in central Sapporo, Hokkaido, from Aug. 5 to 8.
One of the only events to offer the average resident of Tokyo the chance to see Olympians in action with their own eyes, the men's triathlon went off with a snagged start Monday morning in Odaiba, Tokyo. A top 10 finisher in the 5000 m at the 2016 World U20 Championships, Alex Yee (Great Britain) did most of the heavy lifting on the run, reeling in breakaway bike leader Andrea Salvisberg (Switzerland) and shaking the lead group down to a trio with Hayden Wilde (New Zealand), 3rd in the pre-Olympic test event, and Kristian Blummenfelt (Norway), with two-time Olympic medalist Jonathan Brownlee (Great Britain) in tow. Late in the last lap Blummenfelt executed the same strategy he did in winning May's WTCS Yokohama, powering away from both Yee and Wilde and opening a lead of 11 seconds to take gold. Yee claimed silver for his work, making it three-straight Olympics with a British man on the podium, with Wilde another 9 seconds back to take bronze, bringing New Zealand back
In contrast to hot and sunny conditions at yesterday's men's triathlon , the Tokyo Olympics women's triathlon went off Tuesday morning as the southern edge of a passing typhoon skirted the Tokyo area. Great Britain's Jessica Learmonth led an initial breakaway group of seven through the swim and was in it through the bike. American Katie Zaferes took over the front group shook down to just her, Learmonth, German Laura Lindemann and Bermuda's Flora Duffy . Duffy hammered the run, covering it in 33:00 and opening a lead of over a minute to take gold in 1:55:36, the first Olympic triathlon medal female or male for Bermuda. Zaferes dropped the others in the front group to move into 2nd, but on the third lap she was caught by Great Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown , one of the people to have dropped back from the leaders on the bike. On the final lap Taylor-Brown broke away from Zaferes to take silver in 1:56:50. Zaferes held on to bronze in 1:57:03. Japan's Nii