The men’s triathlon at the Olympics is less than 24 hours away, and World Triathlon has released the pontoon positions for the start of the race. (You can read our preview of the men’s race here.)
The positions are chosen in order of the current Olympic rankings, with the first 10 in the standings choosing their positions anonymously. The rest of the field’s slots were updated as they were selected, with the first 10 spots revealed after all the athletes had chosen.Text continues below picture
Spain’s Mario Mola and France’s Vincent Luis, the first two athletes in the Olympic ranking, chose the first two spots closest to the bay. Top swimmers Henri Schoeman (RSA), Jonathan Brownlee (GBR), Morgan Pearson (USA) and Javier Gomez (ESP) will be in the four spots closest to the transition area. Russia’s Polyanskiy brothers, two strong swimmers, have chosen spots in the middle of the pontoon. Two of the race favorites – Tyler Mislawchuk (CAN) and Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS) are set up close to Luis, which bodes well for them to get in good position during the first leg of the race.