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Five first-time Olympians—three women and two men—will represent Canada in Rio as a protracted selection process came to an end on Wednesday.
Kirsten Sweetland, Amélie Kretz, and Sarah-Anne Brault are the three women competing for Canada, while Tyler Mislawchuk and Andrew Yorke represent the men’s side.
The announcement was expected earlier this month, but no Canadian had met the individual standards set by Triathlon Canada. The original requirements were a top-eight finish at the 2015 Rio test event, or the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in Chicago, as well as a subsequent top-eight at any World Triathlon Series event in 2016.
These were revised to a secondary standard which, involved a top-eight finish at one of three “targeted” events (Abu Dhabi, Gold Coast, or Yokohama) plus any top-eight finish dating back to May 2014.
Neither standard was met, so a Triathlon Canada committee determined who would fill the three women’s and two men’s spots for Rio.
Read more: Cbc.ca