Reigning Olympic champion Emma Snowsill has been left off Australia's triathlon team for the London Games in a selection decision that she is likely to appeal.
Snowsill, who has been injured or ill for much of the past year, was not among the three women and three men included in the team announced Monday but has notified Triathlon Australia that she intends to challenge the decision. If she does, the appeal will be heard by an independent three-person Olympic Appeals Tribunal.
Neither Triathlon Australia nor the Australian Olympic Committee will make any further comment until the appeal is heard.
Erin Densham, who has won two recent triathlons, and Emma Jackson were picked to join 2008 bronze medalist Emma Moffatt, who was preselected for the team earlier this year.
Courtney Atkinson and Brendan Sexton joined Brad Kahlefeldt, who was also preselected, on the men's team.
Chris McCormack, the former two-time Hawaii Ironman champion who made the switch to the Olympic distances 18 months ago in an effort to represent Australia at the Olympics, didn't make the team.
Densham won consecutive qualifying events - the Mooloolaba World Cup race and the opening World Championship Series race in Sydney - to work her way into contention and put Snowsill's place in jeopardy. Densham then all but clinched a spot with a second-place finish last month in San Diego, where Snowsill finished 17th.
Snowsill struggled with a gastrointestinal virus after returning from her training base in South Africa just ahead of Mooloolaba event on March 25, and had to withdraw. She was 14th in Sydney, one spot ahead of Moffatt.
Densham finished 22nd at the Beijing Olympics but, after she collapsed and was pulled from the water at a triathlon in Des Moines, Iowa in 2009, she underwent surgery to slow down her accelerated heart rate.
The 26-year-old Densham surprised even herself in March when she powered down the oceanfront promenade at Mooloolaba on Queensland state's Sunshine Coast, with no rivals near her and the finish line in sight.
She wasn't expected to be at the front, making her Sydney victory even better.
"It's good I've done it again and hopefully I can put some of those doubters to rest," she said at the time.
The 39-year-old McCormack gave up the longer Ironman discipline to concentrate on the Olympic distances of a 1.5-kilometer swim, 40K cycle and 10K run in an effort to qualify for London.
But he knew last week that he wasn't going to make the team, tweeting on Friday: "Back to my day job! I need an Hawaiian holiday again soon :) No London for me!"