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Olympic Qualification Explained

When it comes down to it in London this August, there will be 55 women and 55 men battling for the ultimate sporting glory – Olympic gold.

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When it comes down to it in London this August, there will be 55 women and 55 men battling for the ultimate sporting glory – Olympic gold. But to contend for gold, first they have to get there.  And the road the Olympic Games is a long, arduous grind of chasing points and qualification.

So where exactly will those 110 triathletes come from, and how will they get there? ITU’s qualification system is based on athletes securing places for their respective National Olympic Committee (NOC).  Once countries have their Olympic spots, it is up to each National Federation to determine which athletes will be selected to represent their country at the Olympic Games.

Three women and three men are the most any one NOC can qualify, and only eight are allowed to send the maximum.

Visit Triathlon.org for the official breakdown of how countries earn their share of the coveted 55 spots on the women’s and men’s Olympic start lines.

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