TOUGH RACE AHEAD: Ryan Fisher at the Australian Olympic Games triathlon team announcement.
TOUGH RACE AHEAD: Ryan Fisher at the Australian Olympic Games triathlon team announcement. Mark Metcalfe

RIO 2016: Rookies aim to end men's triathlon drought

TRIATHLON: While the Australian girls have claimed one gold among five medals in triathlon at the Olympics, no Aussie male triathlete has ever stood on the podium.

Though they are considered rank outsiders at their debut Games, Ryan Bailie, Aaron Royle and Ryan Fisher will hope to change that tomorrow night when they contest the event in Rio.

Fisher had almost packed in his triathlon career midway through 2014 and even met with Melbourne Demons officials about an AFL career.

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Refocusing on his bid to compete in Rio, the Queenslander finished a close fifth behind Bailie at the world series race on the Gold Coast in May, before a fourth at the Oceania titles sealed his spot.

A series of strong races including a fourth at the Oceania Championships and 12th at the ITU Abu Dhabi World Triathlon race cemented Fisher's spot on the Olympic team.

Reigning Olympic champ Alistair Brownlee, from Great Britain, and his brother Jonathon Brownlee will be among the favourites, along with Spanish pair Javier Gomez Noya and Mario Mola.

Men's triathlon, tomorrow night (midnight AEST)


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