James Edgar has backed up his recent success in Hong Kong with a second win in as many weeks in the Asia Triathlon Cup Xiamen. Edgar swam well, and was part of a 5-man break away on the bike, before running away from his competitors on the 10km run, sealing his victory by over 2 minutes.
The win sees Edgar close his season within shouting distance of World Triathlon’s top 100 ranking. Having already met Triathlon Ireland’s criteria to race at World Triathlon Cup level, should his running form have returned – as was on display at the weekend in Xiamen, Edgar will be on the hunt to chase the increasing number of points available at World Cup level on the road to Paris next summer.
A win at Continental Cup level is worth 200 points to an athlete, while a win at World Cup level is worth 500 points with points stretching back as far as 50th place once athletes are within 5% of the winner’s time.
It is also worth noting, as we head into an Olympic year, that where athletes who are among the top 20 of the current World Triathlon points list also start the race, there is an increase in the value of the event points by 2% per athlete. This increase is limited to the 20%.
With limited running time entering his World Cup block earlier this Autumn, the return to run form is a major positive for Edgar who will no doubt seek to build on his recent success next season.
James was on the Tri Talking Sport podcast with us back in April 2022, tune in to hear about his success at U23 level, the amount of ‘hard graft’ behind the scenes, the consistency in his training, and his approach to life as an athlete.