Reigning Ironman world champion Chris McCormack has announced that he will pass on the opportunity to defend his title at the 2011 Ironman World Championship, and will instead go for a spot on Australia's 2012 London Olympic team.

Reigning Ironman world champion Chris McCormack has announced that he will pass on the opportunity to defend his title at the 2011 Ironman World Championship and will instead go for a spot on Australia’s 2012 London Olympic team.

Chris McCormackMacca made the announcement in an interview with the Australian Daily Telegraph (which you can read here), saying: “It the one thing in my career I regret, not making an Olympics. This is my last shot. The door swings shut after this.

“I don’t know if I am fast enough anymore to win but I’d love to be there to help an Australian win a medal.”

He then confirmed that he is meeting with the Australian High Performance Team via Twitter: @MaccaNow: News is out. Have a meeting w/ the Australian High Performance Team on Sat. I am aware this is a big move, but u only live once!

The news will send shockwaves through triathlon – both long and short course – as the former Olympic distance World Champion will spend the year now chasing the points he requites for Olympic qualification.

And reaction to the news has been swift. Greg Bennett, another legend of the sport, congratulated Macca on his decision via Twitter: @GregBennett1 Guess life goes full circle. Lots of work 2 do but always fun 2 come back 2 the fold. Guys r super fast. Look 4ward 2 playing

We’ll keep you updated as this story develops.

Learn more about Macca:

– Training Day With Chris McCormack
– Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack Sits Down With Bob Babbitt
– TriCenter: Interviews With The 2010 Ironman World Championship Winners
Aussies On Top At 2010 Ironman World Championship
– Breakfast With Bob: Chris McCormack
Training Log Kona 2010: Macca & Terenzo
Macca’s Specialized Shiv; Winning Kona Bike