11 Jul 2012

Athletics team for Olympics finalised

1:41 pm on 11 July 2012

The New Zealand Olympic Team has been finalised with 185 athletes to represent the country at the London Olympic Games.

Decathlete Brent Newdick, heptathlete Sarah Cowley and track cyclist Rushlee Buchanan were the final athletes selected following confirmation that no others reached the selection standard during the qualification period, which has ended.

London will be the first Olympics for all three athletes.

Buchanan had been named in the team in April, pending quota spot confirmations from UCI but with all spots now confirmed, she's been officially added to the team pursuit in London.

With a final number of 185 athletes, the London 2012 team equals that of Beijing 2008 in size and is the biggest ever to attend an Olympic Games.