Games se­lec­tion de­ci­sion next week

Central Otago Mirror - - SPORT -

Wanaka triath­lete Nicky Sa­muels should know next week whether she will be com­pet­ing for her coun­try at the Com­mon­wealth Games in Glas­gow.

Last week she was de­lighted to be added to the New Zealand triathlon team nom­i­nated af­ter ap­peal­ing her ini­tial non­s­e­lec­tion, when she was named as a re­serve for the team re­lay last month.

Her ap­peal was based on two fifth-place fin­ishes in World Se­ries events over the past 12 months.

‘‘I knew in my heart that my re­sults were good enough to be in the team so, al­though it took a bit longer to get to the bot­tom of this, it is the right de­ci­sion, so I’m happy with the out­come,’’ Sa­muels said.

She fin­ished 24th at the ITU World Triathlon Se­ries event in Yoko­hama two weeks ago and was 16th in Auck­land in April.

The New Zealand Olympic Com­mit­tee now have the fi­nal say on who at­tends the Com­mon­wealth Games with a de­ci­sion ex­pected next week.

Nicky Sa­muels

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