This is the new theme, ITU > Ironman > ITU. After Macca, Warriner at 40 years old wants to go to London and she wants to be a domestique for Hewitt.
Samantha Warriner is considering a comeback to Olympic distance triathlon with a view to competing at the London Games.
The two-time Olympian has been competing at the longer 70.3 and Ironman distances since the end of the 2008 season when she was the overall International Triathlon Union World Cup winner. She could not translate that to Beijing Olympic success where she finished 18th, having come 16th at Athens four years earlier.
Warriner turned 40 in August and, with two places still available on the New Zealand women’s team for London, she is weighing up another crack at the 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run.
« I really don’t know which way to head. I’m not prepared to make a decision yet but I’m enjoying being back racing [shorter distances]. I’m wondering what the qualifying standards are – I might have a go. »
Warriner would have to compete at the ITU world championship series event at Sydney in April. Triathlon New Zealand (TNZ) wants a male and female athlete to get top eight results at that event to qualify a spot before they resort to selecting on the basis of discretion.
Andrea Hewitt is the only New Zealand name inked in for the Olympic team so far, on the back of her sixth at the London world championship series event in August.
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