WEDNESDAY, APR. 25: Tyler Butterfield’s seventh place finish in Japan has moved him into an Olympic slot.
There’s still a month left of qualifying, but if the Olympics were held today, Butterfield would earn the last spot for the men’s triathlon.
He was seventh in the Ishigaki ITU Triathlon World Cup in Japan and earned enough points to move up from 96th to 84th in the Olympic rankings.
The previous week Butterfield was 28th in the Dextro Energy World Triathlon in Sydney.
Flora Duffy is also currently qualified for the triathlon in the Olympics, but she did not race this past weekend and slipped down from 54th on the Olympics simulation list to 60th. Italy’s Alice Betto, who is 69 points behind Duffy, currently holds the last spot on the list.
It would mark the first time Bermuda has had two triathletes in the same Olympics as both Duffy and Butterfield have represented the island before, but not at the same games.
Duffy competed at the 2008 Beijing Games while Butterfield wore the Bermuda kit at the 2004 Athens Olympics.