Triathlon Magazine Canada

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Even though she’s been one of the hottest racers in the sport over the last six months, it doesn’t look like Great Britain’s Beth Potter will compete in the triathlon in Tokyo. That said, we could see her make a repeat performanc­e in the 10,000 m – the Scottish athlete represente­d Great Britain on the track in Rio, finishing 34th in that race.

Potter made headlines this year with an impressive Super League Arena Games win over Lucy Charles, then set a new 5 km world record on the roads less than a week later, running 14:41 to shave two-seconds off the old record.

After turning to the sport in 2017 after a successful career on the track, Potter has come into triathlon form over the last year. She won the final world cup of 2020 in Valencia, Spain, and also took second at the Arzachena ITU Triathlon World Cup in Italy. Unfortunat­ely, her impressive form of late won’t be enough to get her to the Tokyo Olympics, it would appear, as British Triathlon has already named the three women who will compete in Tokyo – Vicky Holland, Georgia Taylor-Brown and Jessica Learmonth. Those three sit at second, fourth and fifth in the current Olympic standings. Great Britain has five women in the top 30 of the Olympic rankings, including Sophie Coldwell, 21st, and Jodie Stimpson, 29th. Potter is the seventh-ranked British woman in the standings at 48th.

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