US, New Zealand max out on triathletes

 

New Zealand and seven other countries qualified to send the maximum three men and three women to compete in the Olympics, according to International Triathlon Union guidelines. Both countries earned the right by finishing among the top eight countries in the ITU standings.

Santa Cruz triathlete Bevan Docherty has already been selected to the New Zealand team. He will be joined by Kris Gemmell and Ryan Sissons on the men’s team. Andrea Hewitt, Kate McIlroy and Nicky Samuels fill out the Kiwis’ women’s squad.

The United States is not within the top eight and will send just the two athletes who finished in the top nine at a qualifier in San Diego last month — Hunter Kemper and Manny Huerta. Matt Chrabot, who hails from Colorado Springs but trains in Santa Cruz, was hoping to sew up the a U.S. men’s berth.

The three U.S. women’s Olympic spots have gone to Laura Bennett, Gwen Jorgensen and Sarah Groff.

Germany and Great Britain lead the men’s ITU standings, followed by New Zealand, France, Spain, Russia, Australia, Canada and Portugal. On the women’s side, Australia, the U.S., Great Britain, Germany, France, Spain, New Zealand and Japan will all send three qualifiers.

The ITU Olympic Qualification Period closed May 31.

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