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New Zealand Aims To Hold Three Olympic Spots

Right now, the men are solidly fifth, the women seventh, but should hold their positions.

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Ryan Sissons and Nicky Samuels would have been entitled to slap each other a high five yesterday.

They were named the third selections for New Zealand’s Olympic triathlon teams to contest the London Games in August.

To be confirmed starters, New Zealand must be inside the top eight nations – and thus earn the right to field three runners – at the end of next month’s qualifying period. Right now, the men are solidly fifth, the women seventh, but should hold their positions.

Sissons didn’t look his best at the announcement yesterday. His face had the look of a badly beaten favorite, courtesy of a collision with the road during the cycling leg of last weekend’s Sydney world championship series event.

“A guy crashed in front of me, I had nowhere to go, and managed to take all the impact on my face,” Sissons said.

Read more: Nzherald.co.nz