Team GB selects six triathletes for Rio 2016

It's less than two months to go until the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and today sees the selection of our six triathlon athletes who will compete for Team GB in Brazil this summer.

And there's is no shortage of pedigree in the ranks with Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee leading the way and brother Jonny– who won bronze in 2012 – also selected for his second Olympic Games.

They will be joined in the men’s race by 22-year-old Gordon Benson who staked his claim by clinching the gold medal for Team GB at the inaugural European Games at Baku 2015.

There is plenty of strength in the women’s ranks with 2013 World Champion Non Stanford included along with fellow London 2012 Olympian Vicky Holland.

Helen Jenkins rounds off the team and will bring plenty of experience, having competed at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and winning the World Championships in 2008 and 2011.

The selected triathletes are:

Vicky Holland Helen Jenkins Non Stanford Gordon Benson Alistair Brownlee Jonathan Brownlee

Rio 2016 will be the fifth Games that has included triathlon in its programme – the first being Sydney 2000 – but it took Team GB until 2012 to claim a first Olympic medal.

And at London 2012 it was only Javier Gomez who denied a Brownlee one-two on the podium as the Spaniard split the brothers to take Olympic silver.

Team GB have now selected 71 athletes from eight sports for Rio 2016.