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According to American Matt Reed, USA Triathlon has denied him entrance to ITU World Championship competitions. Reed has not been shy about his feelings regarding the situation.
Reed competed as part of the United States triathlon team in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and played a key role in helping the American team gain a third Olympic spot. His most recent ITU start came at the Hy-Vee Triathlon on June 13. Reed, who had finished third at the Rev3 Quassy half-iron distance race one week prior, finished 21st among 60 of the world’s fastest triathletes at the Iowa race.
Reed first addressed the situation on his Facebook page, saying: “I am doing battle with USA Triathlon as they have decided I am not fast enough or dedicated to our federation enough to deserve a start at the World Cup. WOW. Considering all I did in 2008 and 2009 for USA Triathlon. I just showed I am in some form at Hy-Vee. I wanted 4 months off ITU racing early 2010 for a freshening… and a base building and bam, they dont back me… this is gonna get interesting…”
Each national federation (NF), such as USA Triathlon, is allowed to enter a maximum of 12 athletes (six men and six women) into each ITU World Cup and World Championship event. If the NF is the host country of the event, then 16 athletes (eight men and eight women) are allowed entry. Each NF has its own process for selecting athletes.
Check back to Competitor.com as we continue to follow this developing story.