Keane and Reid Qualify for Rio

Bryan Keane Yokohama 2015

Aileen Reid and Bryan Keane have both finished inside the qualifying threshold for this year's Olympic Games in Rio following the last race of the qualifying period in Yokohama in Japan this morning.

Keane ran an impressive 30min 48sec 10km off the bike to take 20th place finish at Yokohama and secure one of the final available qualifying spots.

His confident performance ended a two year battle for qualification that makes up for the disappointment of missing out on the London games, when his bid to represent Ireland was derailed by an accident in which he was knocked off his bike while training and suffered extensive damage to his knee.

His recovery took almost three years and left him with a mountain to climb to make it inside the top 55 athletes who become eligible for selection at the end of the two year qualification period. Speaking after the race this morning, Keane spoke of the relief of finally securing his spot.

 

Reid Never in Doubt

Despite a slow start to her season, Aileen Reid's place on the qualification list was never in doubt, thanks to her excellent performances last year including a number of top ten finishes at some of the world's biggest races.

Reid finishes the qualifying period in 15th place on the list and can afford to take a more measured start to 2016 with her focus very much on the goal of excelling in Rio this August. Despite finishing in what to her was the unaccustomed position of 48th this morning, Reid was on hand to join in the celebrations with the rest of the Triathlon Ireland team.

Qualified for Rio Olympics today. ☘🇮🇪🇧🇷🍾 @triathlonireland @kineticasports

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Both Reid and Keane will now be nominated by Triathlon Ireland to represent Ireland at the Olympic Games. Their selection however will be made by the Olympic Council of Ireland at a later date.