Aussie men brave in brutal Tokyo Triathlon
Posted on July 26, 2021 by NSW Institute of Sport
The three Australian men’s triathlon representatives put in a couragous performance in Monday’s individual event, in what were tough conditions in Tokyo.
NSWIS scholarship holder Aaron Royle, was joined by Matthew Hauser and Jacob Birtwhistle in the green and gold to battle the challenging heat.
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After a false start to the face, the trio kept pace in the 1500m swim before setting out on the bike leg. A lead group soon formed, with the Aussies left back in the chasing back.
However, Royle and his teammates were among the most influential riders in the chase pack, helping to narrow the gap and eventually catch the leaders prior to the running leg.
Royle had put in a stunning team performance, looking to set up the higher ranked Birtwhistle for possible run at the medals. However it was not to be, with the temperatures cause havoc amongst the field, Birtwhistle finishing in 16th position with Royle crossing the line in 26th.
The men will now turn their attention to the mixed relay event on Saturday.