Asian Championships 2008, Guanzhou, China.


1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km bike Photos by Satoshi Takasaki.



Japan takes both the mens and womans titles (May 3rd 2008 )

Japan swept men's and women's gold at this year's ASTC Asian Championships in Guanzhou, China. Ai Ueda won the women's crown while Ryosuke Yamamoto took the men's title in a stunning upset over Kazakh Daniil Sapunov. Both Ueda and Yamamoto earn automatic spots on the Japanese Olympic team as the event was a pre-determined Olympic qualifier by the Japanese Triathlon Union. Winning continental championships guarantees the country at least one spot on the Beijing start line.

The above story was duplicated in part from the site


And really looks like testing weather conditions going by the photos below. Note also that the mens and womans race photos are mixed together even though the events were run separately.



Elite Men Final Results
1 Yamamoto, Ryosuke (JPN) 01:50:05
2 Sapunov, Daniil (KAZ) 01:50:42
3 Hosoda, Yuichi (JPN) 01:51:22

Elite Women Final Results
1 Ueda, Ai (JPN) 02:03:18
2 Niwata, Kiyomi (JPN) 02:04:26
3 Ide, Juri (JPN) 02:05:20




Mens start.




Womans Asian Championships underway.


























Heading out for the 40km cycle leg.




























Bike going down in transition is lost time.










































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