With the Olympic Qualification period closing on June 14th, this weekend’s World Triathlon Cup Huatulco represents a massive final opportunity for the athletes to climb the rankings and put themselves in the picture for national selection and a seat on the plane to Tokyo.
The sprint distance course takes in a one-lap, 750m swim in the bay of Santa Cruz beach, leading into a four-lap, 20km bike course that traverses the town with two long, straight sections and a couple of tight, more technical turns, and a two-lap run finishing in Santa Cruz Plaza.
After Flora Duffy withdrawing at the last minute due to some minor problems after her outstanding performance in WTCS Leeds, all eyes will be set on the local athletes. Mexico is of course well represented in Huatulco, with Cecilia Perez, Jessica Romero Tinoco, and Michelle Flipo part of an 11-strong delegation ready to toe the line. Perez finished 6th here in 2019 and 5th in the Lima World Cup, the Pan-American Games bronze medalist giving some of her best performances on her home continent.