Japanese athlete Wakako Tsuchida is set to star in paratriathlon at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

Seven-time Paralympian Wakako Tsuchida is set to compete in triathlon at her home Paralympic Games in Tokyo after securing one of the bipartite allocations by World Triathlon.

Tsuchida has participated at five summer and two winter editions of the Paralympics and is the only Japanese athlete to win gold at both Games.

She claimed two golds and two silvers in ice sledge speed racing at the Nagano 1998 Winter Paralympics before turning to wheelchair racing where she clinched the women’s 5,000-metre title at the Athens 2004 Paralympics.

The 46-year-old’s career also features two Paralympic marathon medals, winning bronze at Sydney 2000 and silver at Athens 2004.

The Bipartite Commission, run by World Triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee, has now confirmed Tsuchida’s place at Tokyo 2020.

Tsuchida, competing in PTWC, is one of eight athletes who have been offered an invitation after the completion of the triathlon qualification period for the Paralympics.

She is expected to be joined by three-time world champion Melissa Stockwell of the United States.

Melissa Stockwell will be looking to defend her Paralympic bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images
Melissa Stockwell will be looking to defend her Paralympic bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 ©Getty Images

The 41-year-old claimed bronze in the PT2 when triathlon made its Paralympics debut at Rio 2016.

Petra Lévay of Hungary, Annouck Curzillat of France, Fathi Zwoukhi of Tunisia, Brazilian duo Jorge Luis Fonseca and Ronan Cordeiro and Ukraine’s Anatolii Varfolomieiev have also been offered places.

Performance of the athletes, Paralympic qualification rankings and head-to-head results were among the aspects to be considered by World Triathlon’s bipartite invitation panel when making its decision.

The panel featured World Triathlon officials including vice-president Ian Howard, secretary general Antonio Arimany and sports director Gergely Markus.

World Triathlon said National Paralympic Committees have until July 12 to confirm in writing the use of all awarded slots for the Games.