Dutch triathlete Rachel Klamer has achieved her best result at her third Olympic Games. The 30-year-old Beuningse advanced in the Olympic race in Tokyo in the final 10 kilometer run and finished in a very creditable fourth place.
A medal was too ambitious. The gap to the first three was too big for that, but her ranking was much better than the tenth place she achieved five years ago. Her strong performance was surprising, as the former European champion had had a difficult year with the death of her mother, a persistent injury and heart problems with her husband.
Compatriot Maya Kingma, pre-designated candidate for a medal, finished eleventh
Flora Duffy from Bermuda, the undisputed favourite, captured the Olympic title. The two-time world champion distanced herself from her competitors in the running and went solo for the gold. Britain’s Georgia Taylor-Brown took silver and American Katie Zaferes took bronze.
The Olympic race in the Odaiba Marine Park started fifteen minutes later than planned due to the torrential rain. During the match the weather cleared up.