TOKYO (Reuters) – Canada’s Tyler Mislawchuk prevailed in a ‘battle of nutrition’ in sticky, humid conditions on Friday to win Tokyo’s International Triathlon Union (ITU) Olympic qualifying race, which also doubled as a Tokyo 2020 test event.
A day after the women’s race had to be shortened over heat concerns, the men’s event went ahead at the venue for next year’s Olympics in slightly cooler conditions, aided by gray skies.
Mislawchuk outsprinted Hayden Wilde of New Zealand and Norway’s Casper Stornes in the final stages to secure the victory for what he described as “biggest moment of my sporting career”.
Mislawchuk, who finished 15th at the Rio 2016 Games, won in a relatively slow time of 1:49:50 as the triathletes battled with the humidity.
“I knew I was ready for the heat but I wasn’t ready for the humidity so I just had to keep on going and keep cool, keep that body temperature cool with a bit of ice and water down the back,” Wilde, who finished…
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