Following the news yesterday that Chris McCormack had not been sleeted for the London 2012 Olympics (there’s still been no official release confirming this), Macca now has his sights firmly fixed on qualifying for both the Ironman World Championships and the Ironman 70.3 World Championships.
RELATED: Chris McCormack Wants ‘To Smash’ Lance Armstrong
Getting to Kona should be relatively easy, with Macca only having to finish an Ironman to validate his spot (as a previous winner in the last five years he has a guaranteed entry as long as he completes an official race). He will aim to do that at Cairns this weekend.
Las Vegas, however, will be a different matter. Macca signalled his desire to qualify for the event with the following tweet:
@Maccanow: “Locked in for Ironman 70.3 Japan. Thinking of having a crack at my first ever 70.3 World Championships this year in Vegas. Need points!”
Then, in a tweet last night, McCormack suggested that he will be at Wimbleball this year to race Ironman 70.3 UK – a race he has previously described as the toughest in the world:
@MaccaNow: Now to get my head around an Ironman. Here to validate my spot for Hawaii then off to the UK for a half. Back to racing now!
To qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships McCormack needs to get into the top 50 pro rankings. The first 40 slots are allocated on July 16th, with a further ten going on August 13th. Ironman 70.3 UK (June 17th) and Ironman 70.3 Japan (June 24th) would both go some way to helping him achieve this goal.