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How do athletes qualify for the London Olympic Games Triathlon?

The International Triathlon Union explains.

Paula Findlay and Simon Whitfield already have their spot on the Canadian Olympic Team for the Triathlon competition – Saturday August 4 (Women’s race) and Tuesday August 7 (Men’s race).

However, they can be joined by a total of four other Canadian athletes (2 women, 2 men), provided they can chase down the available qualification opportunities for Canada.

How many spots are available? How are these spots allocated? How does one understand this whole Olympic qualification process?

Get the official breakdown of the 55 spots at the International Triathlon Union.