Italy qualified two women through ITU's Olympic qualification as the Italian National Olympic accepted both spots, it was able to keep Cortassa's spot and name Chmet to the team.
A veteran of the ITU circuit, Cortassa is a 4-time medalist at the European Championships, including earlier this year in Lisbon, Portigal. She finished 5th at the Athens Olympic Games. Prior to taking up triathlon, Cortassa competed in modern pentathlon. Beijing will be Chmet's first Olympic Games.
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