Rio 2016 test event: 11 British triathletes named
British Triathlon has confirmed the eleven names to take part in the Rio 2016 triathlon test event taking place this August, with Tom Bishop and Aaron Harris the two final names to confirmed after a selection panel meeting last week.
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Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee were assured of places in the men’s race by virtue of their international medal winning success, whilst Non Stanford, Helen Jenkins, Vicky Holland and Jodie Stimpson have earned their places on the women’s start list. Last weekend’s ETU European Cup in Antalya saw Mark Buckingham, Adam Bowden and India Lee meet the selection criteria.
British Triathlon Performance Director, Brendan Purcell said: “The test event in Rio is the first of two assessment races this year that offer the opportunity to gain automatic nomination to the British Olympic Association for Rio 2016 selection. Athletes winning a medal in Rio, and at the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago will be automatically put forward for selection.
“The emphasis at the test event, therefore, is to take athletes who have demonstrated the ability to perform under pressure, and to perform well on a course profile similar to what we are expecting in Rio. The test event is about individual performances, and the target is to get on the podium.”
The Rio test event will feature both triathlon and Paratriathlon during the weekend, 1-2 August. The races will start on Copacabana Beach.