Australian triathlete Greg Bennett has switched his allegiances to the United States so he can be part of his American wife’s 2012 Olympic campaign.
Triathlon Australia said Monday it has granted a request by the 38-year-old Bennett to be released from obligations in representing Australia.
Bennett has dual citizenship and a long family history in the United States, marrying U.S. triathlete Laura Bennett, formerly Reback, in 2004. He has based the majority of his racing career out of the U.S. since the 2000 Olympics. Both Bennetts competed in the 2004 Beijing Olympics, with Greg representing Australia and Laura representing the United States.
There was no indication whether Bennett, who still trains regularly, planned to attempt to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team in 2012.