TRI247
Search
shop

Taylor Spivey forced to wait for Olympics place after near miss in Paris

It looked good for a while for the American star at the Paris Test Event.

News Director
Last updated -
SHOP

An Olympics appearance means so much to any athlete – but a place at Paris 2024 would be extra special to Taylor Spivey.

The American controversially missed out on selection for Tokyo and was in with a real shout of booking her spot when right in the mix at the Test Event.

She was in the lead group on the bike but the action in behind – ironically with compatriot Taylor Knibb driving the chasers – saw it all come back together.

That made it a shootout on the 10km run, where a top-eight place would be enough for one American to qualify.

And that would prove to be Knibb in fifth as Spivey crossed the line in 10th, just over a minute behind winner Beth Potter.

Advertisement

Breakaway reeled in

So mixed emotions afterwards for the woman who has finished in third place at both WTCS Abu Dhabi and WTCS Cagliari and went into the Test Event in second place on the Olympic Rankings.

Speaking to TRI247 afterwards she talked us through the race: “The dynamics started off well but when the packs came together on the bike it meant it came down to a run race and I didn’t feel I quite had my run legs today so I just missed out on qualifying.

“The bike course was pretty technical, but like fast technical and I think that definitely plays in my favour if you have a breakaway.

“But I think that some of the athletes in that breakaway pack struggled on the turns and we just weren’t as strong as we normally are.”

Advertisement

Added firepower

The likes of Flora Duffy and Georgia Taylor-Brown, first and second in Tokyo, were both missing here through injury and were exactly the sort of riders who could have upped the pace in that front group.

And Spivey added: “I think you just want others to motivate that front group to push a bit harder on those first couple of laps so that we don’t get caught.

“I’m hoping that I can qualify later on – a podium at Pontevedra is the next chance – and that we have some key players here next time.”

As well as the WTCS Grand Final in Pontevedra, Spivey will also take in all four Super League races including Malibu where she won last year.

Taylor Spivey Olympic Test Event Paris 2023 [Photo credit: World Triathlon / Wagner Araujo]
[Photo credit: World Triathlon / Wagner Araujo]
Jonathan Turner
Written by
Jonathan Turner
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.  

THE SBRX Show

In episode 1 of our new SBRX Show we sit down with ultra runners and coaches Kim and Jayson Cavill to get their take on the Barkley Marathons and triathlon & trail running gear reviews, training tips and more
Discover more
sumarpo triathlon swimming wetsuit
Sumarpo Vanguard triathlon and swimming wetsuit review – Can it challenge the mainstream tri wetsuit brands?
sea swimming sumarpo triathlon wetsuit
How to get faster at open water swimming – triathlon swim training tips to up your race pace
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Best middle distance triathlon bike courses – from the fastest courses to the most epic scenery
TRI-FIT RAPID-X goggles black
TRI-FIT RAPID-X swimming goggles review – A contender for the best swim goggles for pool and open water?
Challenge St. Pölten 2023 - Photo Credit José Luis Hourcade
Five reasons to race Challenge St. Pölten – kickstart your race season with this scenic middle distance triathlon
latest News
India Lee wins The Championship 2023 photo credit Challenge Family
Top contenders name their biggest rivals ahead of The Championship clash in Slovakia
ST GEORGE, UTAH - MAY 07: Anne Haug of Germany reacts after crossing the finish line in third place during the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships on May 07, 2022 in St George, Utah. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images for IRONMAN)
Anne Haug bounces back with SENSATIONAL season opener at IRONMAN Lanzarote
Emma Pallant-Browne finished the day with a remarkable run in Mallorca.
IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga: Start time, preview and how to watch live
Team Norway wins Mixed Relay at European Games
Team Norway seal the deal in Huatulco at last chance Olympic Games qualifier
Kristian Blummenfelt Paris Test Event [Photo credit: World Triathlon / Wagner Araujo]
Kristian Blummenfelt admits he was “expecting more” from WTCS Yokohama
triathlon on your terms
Never miss out with our triathlon alerts & digest. Get a dose of adventure & inspiration with Boundless.
Invalid email address
The SBRX Group

Proudly elevating endurance sports through content, products & services

SBRX
RUN247
Share to...