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Commonwealth Games 2022: Sam Harding punches ticket for Australia’s para-triathlon team in Birmingham

As far as birthday presents go, securing selection for the Commonwealth Games in a sport he had never competed in seven months ago is right up there for Sam Harding.

Perth-born Harding, who turned 31 on Wednesday, has punched his ticket to Birmingham after securing qualification for Australia’s para-triathlon team.

The former track star lives with choroideremia, a hereditary condition which has resulted in a loss of peripheral vision, and reached the final of the 1500m T13 at last year’s Tokyo Paralympics.

However, he has since swapped the running spikes for a swimsuit, bike and joggers in the aftermath of the games, competing in the triathlon with a guide who is tethered to him during the swim and run and cycles with him during the tandem bike ride.

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