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First Icelander to Compete in the Triathlon at the Olympics

By Ragnar Tómas

Guðlaug Edda Hannesdóttir
Photo: @EDDAHANNESD (Instagram).

Guðlaug Edda Hannesdóttir will be the first Icelander to compete in the triathlon at the Olympic Games, securing her spot with medals in three Asian competitions. She is the second Icelander to qualify for the Paris Olympics this year, following swimmer Anton Sveinn McKee.

“Never stop believing”

Icelandic triathlete Guðlaug Edda Hannesdóttir will make history at the Olympic Games in Paris this summer as she will be the first Icelander to compete in the triathlon at the Olympic Games.

As noted by RÚV, Guðlaug Edda was granted an invitation spot at the Paris Olympics – the National Olympic and Sports Association of Iceland (ÍSÍ) had applied for such a spot on her behalf – after winning medals in three triathlon competitions in Asia over five weeks: gold in Nepal, silver in the Philippines, and bronze in Japan.

Guðlaug Edda is the first Icelandic woman to secure a spot at the Olympics this year; swimmer Anton Sveinn McKee had already secured his place at the Games, making Guðlaug the second Icelander to do so. She is currently ranked 143rd in the World Triathlon Individual Olympic Qualification Ranking.

In light of this achievement – which is even more remarkable given that Guðlaug Edda has overcome severe hip injuries that had plagued her for a long time, as noted by Mbl.isGuðlaug Edda took to Instagram to celebrate

Triathlon will now be the twelfth event in which Iceland has competed at the Summer Olympics.

 

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