Qualification "Down to Wire" for Keane

Bryan Keane Recovery

Final Race Before Rio Deadline

Bryan Keane's quest to make it to the Rio Olympics will come to a head early tomorrow morning when he lines out at the ITU World Series race in Yokohama.

Keane is currently just inside the qualification threshold - ranked 53rd on the olympics points list - and has been locked on a fierce battle for months with a handful of competitors to stay inside the 55 athletes that will secure places at Rio.

His haul of 2625 points means he needs to simply finish ahead of those immediately behind him on the qualification list to secure his spot. His rivals however need to not only beat Keane but go a number of places clear to jump ahead and steal one of the final places up for grabs.

Speaking from Yokohama, where he flew to immediately following last week's 11th place finish at Huatulco, Mexico, Bryan Keane said there is pressure to perform but he's taking a simple approach to the race: 

"I just have to go out and do it, get the best result possible," said Keane.

He added: "It's really close and tight, it's coming right down to the wire so I have to perform, if I don't I am not in. There's been pressure before and the guys that I am up against are under pressure too. I have beaten them before so I just need to focus on my own race and my own performance, you can't really be looking around." 

Yokohama Bike Shot 2015

Follow the Action

Keane has raced well at Yokohama in the past - coming 13th in the 2015 race. A similar performance tomorrow morning should see him get over the line but at the top level of ITU racing nothing can be taken for granted.

You can read more about the scramble for the final unclaimed places in both the men and women's fields on the ITU website and view the start list, which has Bryan Keane ranked number 21 out of 68 athletes in the field.

The men's race at Yokohama starts at 13:00 local time or 5am local time tomorrow (Saturday morning). As always you can watch the race live on triathlon live. Triathlon Ireland will also be live tweeting the event.

Aileen Reid Yokohama 2015

Reid Races Early

Three hours before the elite men's start, Aileen Reid will line out in the women's race against a field that includes Gwen Jorgensen and Andrea Hewitt. Reid has already secured her place at Rio and finished 6th in Yokohama last year.

Because she hasn't needed to pick up early season points, Reid has started just a handful of races this year. Nonetheless she will be looking to capture some good form as she builds towards her focus of her second Olympic finals in August.

Like the men's race, the women's event contains come fascinating battles on the final day of Rio qualification, most notably Lisa Norden, who despite securing the silver medal in the London Olympics and winning the World Series that same year, now finds herself heading in to the final day of qualification without being guaranteed her place on the start line in Rio.

The women's race starts at 10am local time (2am Irish time) and the start list is available here.

Irish Duo in Yokohama Paratriathlon 

Also tomorrow, Garrett Turbett will line out in the men's PT3 event, while Aidan McGlynn races in the PT4 category.