GB’s Vicky Holland and Non Stanford secure spots for Rio

GB pro athletes Vicky Holland and Non Stanford are two steps closer to Rio thanks to their outstanding performances at yesterday’s WTS Grand Final in Chicago. British Tri’s strict Olympic nomination policy demanded podium finishes at both the Test Event in Rio and the Grand Final to ensure automatic qualification. By repeating their two-three finish from Rio, Stanford and Holland achieved what many believed to be a nigh-on impossible feat, and, bar injury, will be lining up on Copacabana Beach on 20 August 2016.


For 2013 ITU World Champion Stanford, who finished in silver position at both qualification events, Rio will be her first Olympic Games. Having missed the entire 2014 season due to injury, Stanford has visited the podium three times in 2015, all three behind Gwen and all three with teammate and housemate Holland.

“This race [Chicago] was a reflection that the three of us are really strong at the minute when it comes down to the run,” said Stanford post-race. “Gwen’s kick was phenomenal today. I was sort of waiting for it. If I’m honest, it sounds defeatist but I was racing Andrea [Hewitt] who was in fourth. It was only on the last lap that I allowed myself to think we’re safe. I had one fleeting thought where I realized I might be going to the Olympics, but I knew I couldn’t think about that until I actually crossed the line.”