• Australia's Ashleigh Gentle, left, and Erin Densham (AAP)Source: AAP
Triathlon team selection for the Rio Olympic Games has been finalised, with some familiar faces amongst the group.
By
Erin Byrnes

Source:
Zela
27 May 2016 - 3:00 PM  UPDATED 27 May 2016 - 3:00 PM

3 women have been selected to wear the green and gold body suit for Australia in Rio.

Beijing bronze medallist Emma Moffatt and London bronze medallist Erin Densham won through, along with newcomer Ashleigh Gentle.

Moffatt was confirmed as a starter in mid-April, after gaining automatic selection, with five top line athletes vying for the final two spots in a tough, tight contest.

Moffatt and Densham will be the first triathletes to compete at three Games, with Olympic selection clearly still a thrill for the pair.

“It is really exciting, it’s probably just as exciting as the first time,” Moffatt said.

Moffat’s partner, kayaker Daniel Bowker, has also been selected for the Games, giving her success an extra sweet edge. 

Emma Moffatt - once, twice, three times an Olympian
2008 Beijing Olympic bronze medalist, Emma Moffatt, qualifies for the Australian Olympic team for the third time – a feat no other Australian triathlete has achieved.

Densham echoed Moffatt’s enthusiasm.

“It’s like I can see it, I can touch it and it may sound a little crazy but the sky’s the limit, knowing what I can do, I’m super excited,” she said.

At 24, Gentle will be competing in her first Olympics.

She’s in red hot form, scoring two silvers on the World Triathlon Series circuit after just four races.