40km one loop bike course was hard for athletes to a successful breakaway. The lead group stayed together until the run segment started. Yuko Takahashi and Jyumpei Furuya did almost the same performance and won the Asian Cup titles on Sunday 25th September in Murakami.
Three more World Cups to end the season, 35 female athletes raced sprint-distance triathlon in Salinas, Ecuador on 25th September. Kirsten Kasper from USA earned gold medal followed by Summer Cook and Gillian Sanders took bronze.
Over 100 athletes including 8 international athletes from three nations gather for Asian Cup on Sunday 25th September.
Ai made another history at Cozumel in Mexico on Saturday 17th September. With the final result of World Triathlon Series, she got third overall in the Columbia Threadneedle Rankings. It is the highest any Japanese athlete has ever finished. Other Japanese athletes, Yuka Sato finished 25th, Aoi Kuramoto 28th, Yuko Takahashi 35th and Juri Ide 39th.
Many of athletes suffered from the Mexican heat condition. Brownlee brothers were no exception either. Alistair helped his young brother to cross the line and finished 3rd. The dramatic race brought Mola for the crown of the Columbia Threadneedle ITU World Triathlon Series Rankings. Jumpei Furuya wrapped up the series with position 26th and Hirokatsu Tayama finished 55th.
2016 ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Cozumel - age group events took place on Sunday 18th September.
51 Japan National Team Triathletes competed in standard-distance triathlon in the tropical weather condition. Yutaka Iba - 65-69 Male and Nobuko Mita - 70-74 Female winning bronze.
16 teams represented their countries and competed in the unique mixed relay format. Each relay member completed a 250m swim, 5km bike and 1.6km run tagging off in order of woman-man-woman-man. Japanese team, Minami Kubono, Ryosuke Maeda, Fuka Sega and Shiruba Taniguchi, finished 8th.The Mixed Relay discipline is considered to be added for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games sport program.