The country’s elite triathletes face a tough automatic Olympic nomination at this weekend’s Jewel World Series Triathlon on the Gold Coast as the race to Rio continues.
The first to finish in the top 10 in both the men’s and women’s races will earn an automatic nomination to the Australian Olympic Committee for the team to the 2016 Olympic Games.
With five spaces left to be filled – two in the men and three in the women – if there are no top ten finishers after Saturday’s race then all five places will become discretionary selections.
The field comprises of US pair Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah True joined by Great Britain’s Jodie Stimpson and Helen Jenkins in the women and Spain’s 2015 Chicago grand final winner Mario Mola joined by a rare appearance of the two Brownlee boys Olympic gold and bronze medallists from London, Alistair and Jonny and the imposing figure of South Africa’s Richard Murray.
The Australians will field a list of established Olympians in Emma Moffatt, Erin Densham and Emma Jackson in the women’s field and Courtney Atkinson in the men’s field – Moffatt (bronze in Beijing in 2008) and Densham (bronze in London in 2012) stand in rare company.
Can Moffatt and Densham rise to the occasion and race into the history books and along with Atkinson become Triathlon Australia’s first triple Olympians? Or will it be the younger stars Gentle, Charlottle McShane and Gillian Backhouse and in the men, Ryan Bailie, Jake Birtwhistle and Ryan Fisher?
Elite Women Saturday 9 April - 09:36am
Elite Men Saturday 9 April - 12:36pm