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Japan Announces Olympic Team

Juri Ide, Ai Ueda, Mariko Adachi, Yuichi Hosoda and Hirokatsu Tayama have been selected to represent Japan in London.

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The Japan Triathlon Union (JTU) has announced that Juri Ide, Ai Ueda, Mariko Adachi, Yuichi Hosoda and Hirokatsu Tayama have been selected to represent Japan at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Over the two year qualification period Japan earned the right to send two men and the maximum three women to London. After securing the positions, it was up to the JTU to select who would take each spot and become a part of the Japanese Olympic team.

Among a strong contingent of Japanese female triathletes, Ueda initially earned the Olympic spot that she was then awarded for finishing 11th in the 2011 ITU World Championship Series London.  Adachi secured another spot for Japan by winning the 2012 Tateyama ASTC Triathlon Asian Championships, which now turns into a ticket for her very first Olympic Games.

Read more: Triathlon.org