Alistair and Jonny Brownlee pre-selected for Rio Olympics

Published: Thursday 5th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Alistair and Jonny Brownlee have both been pre-selected for next year’s Rio Olympics despite failing to meet British Triathlon’s automatic qualification criteria.

The London 2012 gold and bronze medallists join Non Stanford and Vicky Holland, who guaranteed their places in the team by winning medals at both the test event and the World Triathlon Series grand final in Chicago this summer.

Both Brownlee brothers endured seasons blighted by injury, with Alistair opting to undergo surgery on his troublesome ankle after finishing 10th in the test event.

Jonny missed that race because of a stress fracture and, although he did compete in Chicago, he was not back to full fitness and came home 12th.

But the British Triathlon Olympic nomination committee pre-selected the pair based on evidence of their ability to win a medal at the Olympics.

Before their injury problems, both were once again at the top of their sport in 2015, with Jonny winning races in Auckland and the Gold Coast and Alistair triumphing in Cape Town and London.

Alistair will hope surgery can finally put an end to the niggling ankle problems that have dogged him for several seasons as he prepares to defend his Olympic title.

The 27-year-old said: “There is nothing bigger in triathlon than the Olympic Games, and I’m hugely excited about the year ahead.

“This news allows me to structure my winter training with Rio at the forefront of my mind. Knowing that Jonny has been pre-selected with me is another big boost.”

One space in each of the men’s and women’s team remains open, with the final nominations due to be announced next June.

Commonwealth champion Jodie Stimpson and two-time former world champion Helen Jenkins look set to do battle for the final women’s spot, while the third man could well be an athlete selected to help the Brownlees.

A British Triathlon statement read: ” It is hoped that British Triathlon will be able to nominate three men and three women based on ITU ranking points.” But there is no obvious candidate.

Many triathletes were left unhappy in 2012 when British Triathlon selected three domestiques, with only the Brownlees and Jenkins chosen in their own right.

Published: Thursday 5th November 2015 by The News Editor

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