Women's triathlon start pushed back to 10.45pm
Brits Georgia Taylor-Brown, Vicky Holland and Jess Learmonth all medal hopes
Alex Yee claimed silver in men's race in early hours of Monday
18mins - Swim completed
Learmouth is the first out of the water and she sprints to her bike to get on her way. Impressive start for the Brit.
Julia Hauser out
Austria's Hauser completed one lap but is now out of the water and walking away. An unfortunate end.
11mins - End of the first lap
Coming to the end of the opening lap. American Katie Zaferes is in touch with the leaders. She is one to look out for. After 950m, the leaders exit the water, sprint across and jump back in. Learmonth continues to lead. Vicky Holland is trailing in a very well spread group.
The swimmers have made a turn and are continuing to power away. Jess Learmonth currently leads the way. But every early stages of course...
Here we go
55 athletes lining up. 1.5 km (0.93 mi) swim, 40 km (25 mi) cycle, and a 10 km run. Nice clean start.
Live pictures emerging from Odaiba Bay with heavy wind and rain. Most of the athletes are wearing trench coats. The start is moments away...
The start of the Women's Tokyo 2020 Triathlon race has been put back by 15 minutes - to 06:45am local time - to allow extra time for athlete preparations: a strong band of rain currently affecting the Odaiba Bay region is expected to pass shortly.
— World Triathlon (@worldtriathlon) July 26, 2021
Team GB trio eye triathlon medals
While Jess Learmouth, Vicky Holland and Georgia Taylor-Brown are Team GB's medal contenders, all eyes will be on Flora Duffy ahead of the women's triathlon.
Duffy has been widely tipped to triumph, having won the ITU World Triathlon Series in 2016 and 2017, a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games three years ago and five XTERRA world titles.
Her success at Gold Coast 2018 saw her become Bermuda's first female Commonwealth gold medallist. Were she to end up on top of the podium this time around, she would make history as the first Bermudian to win Olympic gold.
Driven, hungry and laser focused, her combination of experience and prowess as a swimmer, cyclist and runner make her a formidable competitor. Having finished a disappointing eighth in Rio and failed to make her mark in Beijing and London, she has a point to prove in Tokyo.
"This is a one-day event where everything matters, from the last four – or five – years of your life," she told triathlon.org earlier this month. " It's massive, and you don't always get another shot. This will be my last Olympics, I'm not going to be going to Paris, so I'm at the top of my game and Tokyo is the day that matters for me."
The triathlon can be a highly unpredictable event, however, and often defies its billing. Duffy has had to overcome various injury setbacks in recent years and finished fourth in the World Triathlon Championship Series in Leeds last month, having made a slow start in the water.
"[In Leeds] I got hammered in the swim and had to work my way up the field," she said. "I did the best to bridge the gap and my bike was solid.
"I didn't even think I was going to start the race so I can be happy with fourth. I was most worried about my run but that was the best of the three segments. I had to overcome quite a bit of adversity in that race and work for that result."
Other competitors in the mix for medals include Team USA's Summer Rappaport, Katie Zaferes and Taylor Knibb, while Swiss veteran Nicola Spirig and relative newcomer Maya Kingma – representing the Netherlands – could also end up on the podium. Reuters