Britain’s top triathletes will put everything on the line this weekend as the ITU World Triathlon Series event in San Diego offers one of the final opportunities to achieve British Triathlon’s tough Olympic qualification criteria.
The event takes place tonight and tomorrow in the birthplace of the sport, and British athletes are focused on meeting the qualification criteria ahead of Team GB being selected next month.
British Triathlon Olympic Performance Manager Malcolm Brown said: “There is an opportunity this weekend for British athletes to demonstrate that they have the form to fight for medals at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
“The last round in Sydney highlighted some new international contenders to look out for, but also some breakthrough performances by British athletes. I’m looking forward to seeing how this race unfolds.”
Helen Jenkins (pictured above) and Jonathan Brownlee have already met the British Triathlon qualification criteria and continue their build up towards the summer. World Champion Jenkins had a strong start to the season with second place at the ITU World Triathlon Series event in Sydney.
The event features a two-lap 1500m sea swim in Bonita Cove, followed by a relatively flat eight-lap 40km bike ride and three-lap 10km run along Ocean Front Walk.
The women’s race takes place today at 2pm (local time), while the men’s race starts at 2.30pm tomorrow.
The Women’s Sports Magazine