British Triathlon Organisation announce competitors for London Olympic Triathlon
The British Triathlon organisation announced they have picked the following 3 men and 3 females for the Olympic Triathlon to be held in Hyde Park in August.
3 Men Olympic Triathlon qualifiers
Alistair Brownlee (24) Leeds World Triathlon Champion 2010 & 2009 Olympic experience 2008 12th position.
Jonathan Brownlee (22) Leeds 2011 World Triathlon Sprint Champion
Stuart Hayes (33) London
3 Female Olympic Qualifiers
Helen Jenkins (28) Bridgend
World Triathlon Champion 2008 (Maiden Name Tucker) and again in 2011. Beijing Olympian
Vicky Holland (26) Gloucester
Lucy Hall (20) Leicestershire despite being 20 is one of the fastest swimmers in Triathlon.
Alistair Brownlee has been injured however won his first triathlon at Blenheim Palace on Sunday 10th June 2012.
Despite Tim Don (3 times Olympian and 2006 World Triathlon Champion) despite finishing 7th in a major International Triathlon Union (ITU) triathlon event in San Diego earlier this month was not being picked for this years Games. He went onto win the won the British Cross Triathlon Championships on Sunday 10th June at Coniston.
The History of UK Triathlon.
The first British Triathlon was held at Kirton’s Farm Reading in June 1983, 30 seasons later Alistair & his brother Jonathan Brownlee are the world best Olympic distance triathletes and are going for Gold at this years Games in London.
Triathlon was first an Olympic event in Athens and has never had a British Triathlete on the podium at the Olympics however has had
Past Triathlon World Championship Sporting history
Great Britain has won 11 World Olympic distance Triathlon championships (swim 1500m Cycle 40km run 10km) and Chrissie Wellington has won the World Ironman Triathlon Championships (2.4 mile swim 112 mile cycle and 26.2 mile marathon) 4 times.
The London Games triathlon 2012.
The Olympic Triathlon is being held at Hyde Park in central London.
The Women’s Triathlon is on 4th August 9:00 till 11:40 and the Men’s Triathlon is on 7th August 2012 from 11:30 till 14:00
The International Triathlon Union (ITU) has allowed 39 countries compete in these years Triathlon Games in London. In Athens there were 33 and 34 in Sydney.
Each Olympic Triathlon in August 2012 will have 55 male and 55 female triathletes compete.
Ecuador Mauritius Monaco Republic of Korea and Slovenia will compete in the Olympic Games for the first time.
Such is the rise of Triathlon that all five continents will have competitors representing their country.
Only eight countries qualified to have the maximum number of 3 females and 3 males – Australia France, Great Britain, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, and Spain
More up to date information can be found on the British Triathlon web site.
A full list of Triathlons legends can be found on http://www.ironmate.co.uk/Triathlon-Legends-hall-of-fame.htm
Mark Kleanthous is a Triathlon Historian having competed for 30 consecutive seasons in Triathlon and crossed the finish line in more than 440 triathlons world wide. Mark is also a performance coach and Author of the Complete Book of Triathlon Training.