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Olympic Games triathlon: Which athletes have qualified so far for Paris 2024?

Pierre Le Corre secured his spot in Paris at WTCS Cagliari, joining several other athletes who have already qualified.

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With the Olympic qualifying window closed, and the rankings finalised, all eyes are now on triathlon at the Paris Olympic Games, which kicks off in the French capital on July 30.

Below, we look at which athletes have guaranteed their slots and which nations managed to secure the maximum amount of spots for the individual races.

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Team USA

The American team has notoriously been one of the hardest to make over the last Olympic cycles, with discretionary selection committees forced to make decisions between some of the best athletes in the world.

Taylor Knibb secures a second place finish at WTCS Yokohama
[Photo Credit – Tommy Zaferes]

Ahead of Paris, only two athletes – Taylor Knibb and Morgan Pearson – had secured automatic qualification, leaving three spots to be decided by the committee.

Women

On the women’s side, Taylor Spivey, who had finished fourth at WTCS Yokohama, plus Kirsten Kasper, fifth at the same race, were given the discretionary slots, ahead of Olympic medalist Katie Zaferes and 2016 Olympic Champion Gwen Jorgensen.

Both Jorgensen and Zaferes will now act as alternates for the Paris Olympic Games, following a hard fought 18 month period which saw the pair chasing points and ranking positions just to make it into the top races.

Men

  • Morgan Pearson
  • Seth Rider

Selecting the second spot on the men’s squad came down to a decision between Seth Rider and Matthew McElroy, both of whom missed out on selection for the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Despite being the top ranked American athlete over the last two Olympic cycles, McElroy again missed out on a spot, with Rider selected ahead of him to represent the Stars and Stripes in the French capital.

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Team GB

After a brilliant Olympics in Tokyo, which saw both Alex Yee and Georgia Taylor-Brown pick up individual medals and the mixed team relay win Olympic gold, selecting the British squad for Paris was never going to be straightforward.

Both Yee and reigning world champion Beth Potter won the Paris Test Event last season to secure their spots, but following the end of the Olympic qualification period, there were still three slots left to be decided.

Women

Taylor-Brown finished 6th in Cagliari last month and was handed one of those coveted discretionary slots. The other went to Waugh, despite the fact she finished behind Coldwell in Cagliari (7th and 10th respectively). Waugh though finished second in the WTCS finals last year and is the reigning Super League champion.

Men

On the men’s side, triathlon’s most decorated Olympian Jonny Brownlee WILL NOT be in action at Paris 2024 after agonisingly missing out to Sam Dickinson in the battle for that final discretionary slot in the men’s race.

A poor run of form from Brownlee left the door ajar for Dickinson, and he pipped Jonny by just three seconds in a super-spring face-off in Poland recently. It appears that may have tipped the scales in his favour.

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Team France

Having secured spots for three men and three women at a home Olympic Games, deciding the team to represent France was relatively straightforward on the women’s side, but has proved to be very polarizing for the men.

Pierre Le Corre Leo Bergere WTCS Sunderland finish 2023 photo credit World Triathlon / Tommy Zaferes
Le Corre took the win in the final few strides [Photo credit World Triathlon / Tommy Zaferes]

Women

Boasting the two winners from the WTCS circuit so far in 2024, Periault in Yokohama and Beaugrand in Cagliari, the French women’s team chose itself for Paris. Add in Lombardi, one of the sport’s brightest talents, and it looks more likely than not we will see at least one French woman on the podium in July.

Men

  • Pierre Le Corre
  • Dorian Coninx
  • Leo Bergere

On the men’s side, the omission of two-time World Champion Vincent Luis caused outrage on social media, with the fan favourite expressing bis disappointment on Instagram following the announcement.

Le Corre and Coninx secured preliminary selection last year, with Le Corre confirming his place with a Top 6 at WTCS Cagliari. Coninx, the reigning world champion, was chosen despite breaking his wrist in a bike crash in Yokohama, with 2022 world champion Bergere preferred over Luis.

Team Germany

The German squad was another team that primarily chose itself, with Tim Hellwig, Lisa Tertsch and Laura Lindemann all finishing on a WTCS podium in the last 12 months.

Strong athletes such as Lasse Nygaard Priester, Marlene Gomez-Goggel and Annabel Knoll were unlucky to miss out, but along with reigning World U23 Champions Simon Henseleit and Selina Klamt, will already be looking ahead to LA 2028.

Women

  • Nina Eim
  • Lisa Tertsch
  • Laura Lindemann

Men

  • Tim Hellwig
  • Lasse Luhrs
  • Jonas Schomburg

Team Norway

Thanks to a brilliant performance at the mixed team relay event in Huatulco last month, where they took the win, Team Norway were able to send two men and two women to Paris, with loyal lieutenants Lotte Miller and Solveig Lovseth selected for the women’s squad.

On the men’s side, Olympic Champion Kristian Blummenfelt guaranteed his spot thanks to his individual performances, with Vetle Bergsvik Thorn chosen over relay partner Casper Stornes following a strong run of races over the last 12 months.

Women

  • Lotte Miller
  • Solveig Lovseth

Men

Elite Women Qualifiers

Team Australia

  • Natalie Van Coevorden
  • Sophie Linn

Team Italy

  • Bianca Seregni
  • Verena Steinhauser
  • Alice Betto

Team Portugal

  • Melanie Santos
  • Maria Tomé

Team Netherlands

  • Rachel Klamer
  • Maya Kingma

Team Spain

  • Miriam Casillas Garcia
  • Anna Godoy Contreras

Team Switzerland

  • Julie Derron
  • Cathia Schar

Team Brazil

  • Vittoria Lopes
  • Djenyfyr Arnold

Team Belgium

  • Claire Michel
  • Jolien Vermeylen

Team Canada

  • Emy Legault

Team Mexico

  • Rosa Maria Tapia Vidal
  • Lizeth Rueda Santos

Team Japan

  • Yuko Takahashi

Team Denmark

  • Alberte Kjaer Pedersen

Team Hungary

  • Zsanett Kuttor-Bragmayer

Team Colombia

  • Maria Carolina Velasquez Soto

Team Ecuador

  • Elizabeth Bravo

Team Sweden

  • Tilda Mansson

Team Iceland

  • Edda Hannesdottir

Team South Africa

  • Vicky Van Der Merwe

Team Argentina

  • Romina Biagioli

Team Kazakstan

  • Ekaterina Shabalina

Team Poland

  • Roksana Słupek

Team Guam

  • Manami Iijima

Elite Men qualifiers

Team Spain

  • Alberto Gonzalez Garcia
  • Roberto Sanchez Mantecón
  • Antonio Serrat Seoane

Team Portugal

  • Ricardo Batista
  • Vasco Vilaca

Team Belgium

  • Jelle Geens
  • Marten Van Riel

Team Switzerland

  • Adrien Briffod
  • Max Studer

Team Italy

  • Alessio Crociani
  • Gianluzza Pozzatti

Team Mexico

  • Aram Michell Penaflor Moysen
  • Crisanto Grajales Valencia

Team Hungary

  • Bence Bicsak
  • Csongor Lehmann

Team Austria

  • Alois Knabl
  • Tjebbe Kaindl

Team Canada

  • Charles Paquet
  • Tyler Mislawchuk

Team Brazil

  • Manoel Messias
  • Miguel Hidalgo

Team Australia

  • Matthew Hauser
  • Luke Willian

Team South Africa

  • Jamie Riddle.
  • Henri Schoeman.

Team Chile

  • Diego Moya
  • Gaspar Riveros

Team Japan

  • Kenji Nener
  • Makoto Odakura

Team Netherlands

  • Richard Murray
  • Mitch Kolkman

Team Morocco

  • Jawad Abdemoula

Team Israel

  • Shachar Sagiv

Team Azerbaijan

  • Rostislav Pevtsov

Team Togo

  • Eloi Adjavon

Team Barbados

  • Matthew Wright

Team Hong Kong

  • Jason Tai Long Ng

Team Romania

  • Felix Duchampt

Team Denmark

  • Emil Holm

Team Bermuda

  • Tyler Smith

How many athletes can each country send?

If a federation has any three athletes inside the Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking Top 30, then they can send three athletes of their choice to the Olympics, with other federations limited to a maximum of two.

Team France Mixed Team Relay World Championship 2022
Photo Credit: Wagner Araujo / World Triathlon

On the men’s side, only France, Germany and Spain have secured that ability, with Alberto Gonzalez Garcia’s 11th place finish in Cagliari enough to leapfrog Hungarian Mark Devay into #30 and secure Team Spain three men at the expense of Team Hungary.

For the women, Team Germany and Team France have again secured three spots. Joining them are Team USA, Team Great Britain and Team Italy. Remarkably Germany, Great Britain and the USA all have four athletes in the Top 30, making for quite a headache when it came to selection.

For all other national federations, there teams will be limited to a maximum of two athletes per gender, with countries that succeed in qualifying four athletes (two men and two women) qualifying for the Mixed Team Relay event.

Tomos Land
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Tomos Land
Tomos Land is a triathlon & running journalist whose expertise lies in the professional world of short course & long distance triathlon, though he also boasts an extensive knowledge of ultra-running.
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