The South African triathlon trio of Henri Schoeman, Richard Murray and Wian Sullwald will look to get their campaigns back on track at this weekend’s Yokohama leg of the World Triathlon Series.
The Yokohama event marks the start of the qualifying window for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, and the athletes will be racing for crucial points in a bid to secure their places for the quadrennial showpiece.
Commonwealth Games champion Schoeman slipped to second place in the series rankings after he finished eighth at the Bermuda leg two weeks ago.
Murray had to withdraw during his run in Bermuda due to back pain while Sullwald will feature in his first race of the series.
Schoeman will be eager to recover his early-season sparkle which saw him winning the WTS Abu Dhabi and racing to victory at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last month.
Defending champion Mario Mola swapped places with Schoeman in the world rankings after the Bermuda contest and the South African will be eager to get one over the Spaniard in Japan.
Murray is experiencing a topsy-turvy season so far after winning both the Cape Town and Mooloolaba World Cup titles.
His appearance at the Bermuda race had a silver lining, despite his failure to finish, as he produced one of the best swims of his career.
The swimming leg has always been his Achilles heel and an improvement in this area should give him an additional edge as he looks to improve on his ranking of 19th.
Sullwald will line up in only his third triathlon of the season after finishing 20th at the Commonwealth Games.