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Adam Bowden: Big in Japan
Posted by: Editor
Posted on: Wednesday 11th May 2016

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Can Adam Bowden continue with his Yokohama form this coming weekend?

With the absence of both of the Brownlee brothers from the ITU World Triathlon Yokohama this weekend, if you follow the 'past performance' trends and statistics (who, me?!), then you would do well to put your money on Adam Bowden being the first British male athlete home.

Adam has produced a fantastic run of consistency with five consecutive top-10 finishes from five starts in Yokohama:

2011 - 7th - 1:50:18
2012 - 6th - 1:49:55
2013 - 8th - 1:47:43
2014 - 9th - 1:47:16
2015 - 7th - 1:48:04

Only Javier Gomez (who has never been off the podium in five Yokohama starts), can match that level of 'top-10' consistency at the Japanese venue - but Javier has withdrawn from the race this year. Can Bowden make it six top-10 finishes this this Saturday - or perhaps even secure a first WTS podium? With the absence of Gomez, Brownlee (x2), Richard Murray and Vincent Luis, that leaves the field much more open that usual.

Why does Adam race so consistently well in Yokohama?

I don't know... so I asked him for his thoughts:

"I think Yokohama is pretty special for me; as you said, five top ten finishes.

"I'm not to sure why it is, but I first thought it could be to do with the friendly people at the hotel doors. I remember my first experience there when I got off the coach, walked to the entrance of the hotel and was greeted by these two ladies who opened the door and also bowed and said hi with a nod. I felt like a VIP which was pretty special. Even if they were doing it to everyone, I still appreciated their politeness.

"Another idea I had was maybe it was that I was suited to the course. It was designed for someone like me, fast and flat with some technical sections.

"As for the food... I tend to keep to eating Italian foods when out there, so I can't say it's down to eating the Japanese dishes!

"I'm really looking forward to heading out there once again."

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