Cyclist Hamilton joins Aussie Olympic team

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Road cyclist Lucas Hamilton has earned a late call-up to Australia's Tokyo Olympics team following Cameron Meyer's withdrawal due to his father's ailing health amid travel restrictions.

Hamilton, who is currently taking part in his first Tour de France, will now make his Olympic debut.

The 25-year-old will carry solid form into the road event, having finished fourth in this year's Paris-Nice and 10th in the Volta a Catalunya.

But the void left by Meyer, who was selected to ride both on the track and in the men's road race at the 2021 Olympics, will be immense.

Jack Haig, who is recovering from surgery to repair a broken collarbone, is still currently listed to join compatriots Hamilton, Richie Porte and Rohan Dennis in the Tokyo Games road race.

Meanwhile, steeplechaser Matthew Clarke has been added to what is now a 64-strong Australian athletics team for the Games.

"We know they will represent Australia, their sport, teammates and families with distinction," Australia's chef de mission Ian Chesterman said.

"To Cam and his family, we know it is a tough time and you are in our thoughts."

Clarke was unable to secure a Tokyo qualifying time before the qualification deadline closed but the withdrawal of a foreign athlete has resulted in a roll-down quota.

"It's so surreal to not only be selected but for it to have happened the way it did," Clarke said.

"I woke up this morning and asked my girlfriend if the selection was real or a dream. I couldn't comprehend it.

"It's a one-in-a-thousand chance that someone would pull out.

"When Athletics Australia told me that they had some good news, I started crying."

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