Harmonious Victory: Oakley’s Yuichi Hosoda and Ryosuke Yamamoto Claim One-Two Spots at the Guangzhou Asian Games Triathlon
“Thrilling games. Harmonious Asia.“
Heck of a theme for the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games in China, where Oakley’s Yuichi Hosoda and Ryosuke Yamamoto served as the one-two punch in the event’s triathlon competition. The Japanese duo clinched the top two podium spots on the third day of the games.
Hosoda came out of the starting gates on fire, holding the first position and leading the pack during the first lap, but Yamamoto made his charge in the water, finishing swim in first place at 19 minutes 2 seconds, followed by Hosoda who dashed into transit two seconds later.
The pack then hit the grueling 40-kilometer bike course. The lead group of nine men included all the expected medal contenders – including Yamamoto and Hosoda. The Oakley pair worked together on their bikes, swapping the lead several times. With a packed field coming off the bikes, medals would be decided among the nine men on the run.
Immediately on the run course, Yamamoto began to surge. The two-time Asian Champion looked to pull away but Hosoda fought to stay close. In the mid stages, Defending Asian Games gold medalist Dmitriy Gaag of Kazakhstan tried to fill a gap between top group, but failed to keep up and was pushed behind the Oakley chargers. In the last stage Hosoda finally powered past Yamamoto and slowly opened up a lead – winning the Gold medal with 1:52:15. Yamamoto was 26 seconds behind.
“ I felt uncomfortable in my legs after the swim and I started feeling pain when running, but I run as hard as I could with everything I had, as I thought this would be my last chance to win the Asian Games title,” said Hosoda after the race, rocking Asian Games special OCP Radar. He suffered from a knee injury and was forced to serve as a spare runner in the Beijing Olympics. “So it is very satisfying to win the gold medal.”
Ryosuke, although his ultimate goal was to secure the title, still found reason to celebrate.
“The running course was much tougher than I expected,” he said, also sporting his special Asian Games OCP Radars. “I’m feeling frustrated not to be able to win the title, as I regard this race as the most important race in this season. But I feel happy to be able to complete a one-two finish. I will try to improve by learning from Hosoda and perform much better amongst the world’s top triathletes!”