Looking at the 2014 results, there were 10 people who entered all three qualifying events for the Edmonton GB team, and a further 70 who entered two of those qualifying events. We shall discover whether the previous conclusion holds water in the light of real data.
These are the results for the 10 people who registered an interest with the BTF and entered all three qualifying events for the Edmonton GB team:-
Six automatically qualified at the Shropshire Triathlon by being in the first four registered in their Age Group, even though four of them did not finish in the first four of their category.
One automatically qualified at Deva, although outside first four in his category, and he would have also qualified on rolldown in both Shropshire and Dambuster.
One automatically qualified at Dambuster, although outside first four in his category, and he would have also qualified on roll-down in both Shropshire and Deva.
The final two competitors qualified on roll-down, one at Shropshire and one at Dambuster.
It seems that all ten qualifiers would have qualified at more than one event by one means or another, and it seems to suggest that entering all three events does indeed increase your chances of qualifying for a GB place if you don't perform as well as hoped in one of them.
In addition to the 10 who entered all three events, there were 70 people who competed at two qualifying events:-
Again this shows that entering the first qualifying event gives you a good chance of qualifying, but entering two or more events increases your chances of qualifying.
Sources for the above calculations:-
Edmonton results & GB competitors: