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By Kent Gray/Triathlon.kiwi in Hamburg
Tayler Reid’s season-best 11th in the individual racing has seen the Gisborne 26-year-old rewarded with the nod for Sunday’s Olympic ramifications relay at the World Triathlon Sprint & Relay Championships in Hamburg.
Reid will make up the Kiwi quartet with new world champion Hayden Wilde, Nicole van der Kaay and Ainsley Thorpe while Dylan McCullough and Brea Roderick, half of the awesome foursome that captured the bronze medal in the U23 relay on Saturday, have been confirmed as reserves.
With an automatic qualifying slot for the Paris Olympics on the line, the relay has long been targeted as one of the critical races of the entire season. It will be streamed live on World Triathlon’s subscription service, Triathlonlive.tv, at 00:15am Monday NZT.
France, as hosts, are already guaranteed a Relay team in Paris. They won last year’s World title which meant, GBR, as runners-up in Montreal profited with the automatic spot for Paris rolling down to them.
It means Team NZL will qualify a relay slot, and two male and two female spots for the individual races in Paris as a result, by finishing the top nation other that France or GBR.
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