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Reed Earns Key Olympic Points for U.S.
MADRID, Spain (May 27, 2008) – Matt Reed’s performance at the ITU Madrid World Cup over the weekend has put the American men in great position for securing a third Olympic Team slot.
Reed finished 10th to move the United States into seventh place among the eight countries vying for those vital Olympic qualifying points. Just eight teams are assured of having three men on the starting line at the Olympic Games in Beijing this August, and with the World Championship in Vancouver on June 8 as the final “points event” on the schedule, the outlook is good for the American men.
In Madrid, Reed fought through monsoon-like conditions that resulted in more than half the field not being able to finish, including Australian Brendan Sexton. Reed was able to pull ahead of Sexton and Russian Dmitry Polyansky – who finished 15th in Madrid – in the Olympic qualifying points standings.
“The male athletes all agree that these were the worst conditions they’ve ever raced in,” said USA Triathlon Sport Performance Director Scott Schnitzspahn. “The cold and the thunderstorm made it a race of attrition. Matt showed why he is one of the ‘strong men’ of triathlon today. It’s not over yet, but we’ve accomplished what we needed to in order to go into Worlds with the third slot in hand.”
With double points available at the World Championship, Reed has the advantage over Sexton and Polyansky and is still within striking distance of athletes from Switzerland (6th) and Canada (5th) and other athletes from Australia and Russia, as well.See the current Olympic qualifying points