This weekend the World Triathlon Cup tour heads to the striking coastline of Busan, South Korea, to stage the first World Triathlon Cup Haeundae. On Saturday, October 23rd the Elite Women’s race that will include Erica Hawley will race from 8.30 AM local time.
The sprint-distance course starts with a 750m swim from the white sand of Haeundae Beach, the most famous beach in the region, and contributes to the beautiful coastline of Busan. The course is compact and encircles the venue with a 20km bike segment (5-laps) and will close with a 5km run (4-laps).
Headlining the women’s field is Japan’s Niina Kishimoto, not long after making her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020. Hungary’s Zsanett Bragmayer is a notable contender, fourth at the recent World Triathlon Championship Hamburg and 11th at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Great Britain’s Beth Potter will be one to watch and is known for her ability across all segments, especially her striking run set-up. In 2020 Potter earned World Cup gold in Valencia and the silver medal in Arzachena.
“I am really looking forward to racing here in Haeundae. We’ve been out training while we’ve been here and it’s a stunning location on the beach right in the middle of a city. Looking forward to getting out there on Saturday!” said Beth Potter.
Also in the field are Birmingham Commonwealth Games hopefuls Emma Jackson and Charlotte McShane of Australia, Frenchwoman Sandra Dodet, 2019 Tongyeong World Triathlon Cup champion, and 2019 World Triathlon Junior champion Beatrice Mallozzi.
The elite women’s field will feature some of the rising stars of the sport including Australia’s Emma Hogan, who will make her World Cup debut in Haeundae, Great Britain’s Kate Waugh who was 9th across the line in the World Triathlon Championship Series Hamburg, and Italy’s Bianca Seregni who claimed the bronze medal in the 2021 World Triathlon Cup in Karlovy Vary.