Olympic Games Triathlon: Australia make Paris 2024 picks as quartet get golden tickets

Australia have confirmed their Olympic Games triathlon team with four athletes all now set to represent their country in Paris next month.

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Australia have become the latest nation to confirm their team for the Olympic Games triathlon at Paris 2024, with all four spots now allocated for the big dance in France next month.

Matt Hauser, Luke Willian, Natalie Van Coevorden and Sophie Linn will represent the Aussies at the iconic venue, with the announcement confirmed early on Thursday.

We already knew two of the names of course, with Matt Hauser and Luke Willian having secured automatic qualification with their performances in recent months.

Hauser claimed his spot courtesy of a fine eighth at last year’s WTCS finals in Pontevedra, while Willian stamped his ticket to Paris with a brilliant third at WTCS Yokohama earlier this year.

Now we also know the names of the two female athletes who will join them in France – they are Van Coevorden and Linn. All but Hauser will be making their Olympic debuts.


Sophie Linn on ‘amazing’ feeling

Linn, who once doubted she’d ever make it to the Games, said it’s a privilege to represent Australia in Paris. 

“There was a period of time where I didn’t think the Olympics was ever on the cards.” Linn said. 

“It was only two years ago when I qualified for the Commonwealth Games that it became more of a realistic goal. To be able to build on that experience and head to my first Olympics feels amazing. It’s a privilege to be here. 

“It means a lot for everyone on that start line. To not only be able to represent yourself but all your family and friends who have helped you get there is an honour.” 


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Van Coevorden overcome with emotion

Van Coevorden was overcome with emotion upon receiving the news of her selection over the phone. 

“When I got the good news I just burst into tears,” Van Coevorden said. 

“I said ‘Thank you so much, I’m really grateful for this opportunity and I’m going to grasp it with everything I’ve got for myself and the other three people on this team’.  

“I was just so excited and grateful to have my partner and one of my best friends there to share that moment. All of us were in tears to be honest. 

“Shortly after I called my parents. They’ve been part of the journey since I was a young kid. They took me to swimming when I was young at five o’clock in the morning. 

“They gave me everything when I was young to be the best athlete I could. It’s great to share this moment with so many people in my life.” 


Celebrating the achievement

Chef de Mission Anna Meares said: “I know the team are currently deep in preparation for the Games, training hard in Europe and North America. While they may be away from home, each of them will be feeling the joy and support of their families, friends and the triathlon community who are rightfully celebrating their Olympic achievement today. 

“With only 36 days until the cauldron is lit in Paris, I am thrilled to see today’s announcement take the Australian Team size past 200 – with more than 250 more athletes set to be announced in the coming weeks to chase their Olympic dream in Paris.” 

Jonathan Turner
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Jonathan Turner is News Director for both TRI247 and RUN247, and is accustomed to big-name interviews, breaking news stories and providing unrivalled coverage for endurance sports.  
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