The Dutch mixed triathlon team is almost certain of next summer’s Olympic Games in Tokyo. The triathletes have finished seventh in the Olympic rankings of the world association World Triahtlon, which is enough for an admission ticket to the Games.
The only caveat is that the four triathletes from the team are among the top 140 in the individual rankings on June 14. “But that is not a problem at all or athletes will have to be injured for a long time,” said technical director Adrie Berk of the Dutch Triathlon Association (NTB).
The seventh place in the Olympic ranking also gives the Netherlands four so-called quota places (two for women and two for men) for the individual races in Tokyo. So far, only Rachel Klamer and Maya Kingma have met NOC * NSF’s individual qualification requirements.
World Triathlon formally closes the Olympic qualifying ranking on June 14, after which the quota places will be allocated and communicated to the national federations and NOCs. “Normally we should have participated in at least one Olympic qualifying match, but that is no longer an issue. This certainly gives us more peace of mind,” said Berk.
With ninth place, Klamer is the highest ranked Dutch in the women’s individual Olympic rankings and Kingma takes 67th place. For the men, Jorik van Egdom is 70th and Marco van der Stel 87th.
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