Thursday, June 5, 2008
Tensions high for hopefuls
Team selection a point of contention
Gary Kingston, Vancouver Sun
Published: Thursday, June 05, 2008
Triathlon Canada officials and 2000 Olympic gold medallist Simon Whitfield figure to be a bit conflicted on Sunday when the men on the Canadian team at the 2008 International Triathlon Union world championships begin eyeing the finish line on Beach Ave.
Whitfield, based out of Victoria, already has a spot locked up for the Beijing Olympics and will be a favourite for his first world title as the gruelling swim-bike-run event winds through the West End. But it's back in the field where the real drama will play out as Canada looks to be one of eight countries to secure three starting spots for Beijing.
Triathlon Canada and Whitfield need the likes of Paul Tichelaar, Kyle Jones and Brent McMahon to be fast enough to help earn those berths for the country, but not so fast that even two or three reach individual qualifying standards with a top eight finish.
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