Teenager Oscar Coggins’ win at the 2019 Gyeongju ATSC Triathlon Asian Championships in South Korea has taken him one step closer to the 2020 Olympics.

The 19-year-old born in Hong Kong but raised in England, finished the Olympic Distance race with a time of 1:50.34, beating Japan’s Takumi Hojo by 22 seconds. The teenager beat out 39 athletes, 37 of whom were older than him.

“I won the elite open category in my first year racing elite. This was probably my most important race for my Olympic qualification, winning is a huge boost and puts me in position to take the Olympic slot.” said Coggins.

With this podium, Coggins is now the front runner for the Asian slot in Triathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, ahead of Kazakhstan’s Ayan Beisenbayev for the entire Asian region.

Teenager Oscar Coggins’ win at the 2019 Gyeongju ATSC Triathlon Asian Championships in South Korea takes him closer to the 2020 Olympics. (SCMP.com)

The Asia Triathlon Confederation Asia Championships features a 1.5-kilometre swim, a 40km bike ride and a 10km run.

Coggins is a former two-time Asian Junior Champion, a five-time International Triathlon Union podium finisher and a Hong Kong national champion. He missed out on the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia due to passport issues.
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