ITU Triathlon World Cup

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The ITU Triathlon World Cup is an annual series of triathlon races staged around the world. The series is organised by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the world governing body of the sport. Inaugurated in 1991 in an attempt to create a regular season under its management in tandem with the ITU Triathlon World Championship , however this meant that there was a World cup champion as well as a world champion. Following the 2008 series the ITU reorganized its top level competitions and created the ITU World Triathlon Series, a series of races that was to be the successor of the World championship. Meanwhile, the World Cup was relegated to become a second tier series, as a result the number of races in the World Cup were reduced.[1] Since the reformat, points earned in World Cup racing are still applied to an athletes World Ranking as well as applied to their World Triathlon Series rankings.[2]

Points[edit]

At its founding the first twenty athletes each race would earn points dependent on their placing and the athletes with the most pints at the end of the season would be named the World cup champion.

Former Scale (1991-2008)
Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Points 50 44 39 35 31 27 24 21 18 15 13 11 9 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

With the reorganization in 2009 and the discontinuation of the world cup champion title it was decided that world cup points should contribute to an athletes world series. This was managed by allowing athletes best two world cup placements could be considered as part of their world series ranking. However, due ranking being based on an athletes four highest scoring appearances that year along with the fact that world series races were worth 2.5 times as much as a world cup meant that no contribution was made to any athlete in the top 10.[3]

(2009-2014)
Place 1st 2nd 3rd 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
Points 300 278 257 237 220 203 188 174 161 149 138 127118 109 101 93 86 80 74 68 6358 54 50 46 43 40 37 34 31

After 2014 world cup points totals were increased awarding first place 500 points and each subsequent athlete 7.5% less points that the athlete before for the first 50 athletes as long as they made the time cut (5% to the winner's time in the men's event and 8% in the women's event).[4] However the points would no longer contribute to an athletes world series score and only to an athletes world ranking.

Sponsors[edit]

BG Group were title sponsors of the series from 2006 to 2008.[5]

Winners[edit]

The World Cup champions are based on the final accumulated point totals as earned in each year's series of World Cup races, with double points awarded for results achieved in the ITU Triathlon World Championship race. The declared champions from 1991 to 2008 are:

Year Men's champion Women's champion
1991  Leandro Macedo (BRA)  Karen Smyers (USA)
1992  Andrew MacMartin (CAN)
 Brad Beven (AUS)
 Melissa Mantak (USA)
1993  Brad Beven (AUS)  Jo-Anne Ritchie (CAN)
1994  Brad Beven (AUS)  Jenny Rose (NZL)
1995  Brad Beven (AUS)  Emma Carney (AUS)
1996  Miles Stewart (AUS)  Emma Carney (AUS)
1997  Chris McCormack (AUS)  Emma Carney (AUS)
1998  Hamish Carter (NZL)  Michellie Jones (AUS)
1999  Andrew Johns (GBR)  Loretta Harrop (AUS)
2000  Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ)  Michellie Jones (AUS)
2001  Chris Hill (AUS)  Siri Lindley (USA)
2002  Greg Bennett (AUS)  Siri Lindley (USA)
2003  Greg Bennett (AUS)  Barbara Lindquist (USA)
2004  Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ)  Anja Dittmer (GER)
2005  Hunter Kemper (USA)  Annabel Luxford (AUS)
2006  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Vanessa Fernandes (POR)
2007  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Vanessa Fernandes (POR)
2008  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Samantha Warriner (NZL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Carlson, Timothy (12 September 2008). "ITU replaces one-day Elite World Championship with new six-race 'Super Series'". Slowtwitch.com. Retrieved 26 August 2010.
  2. ^ "Ranking Criteria" (PDF). International Triathlon Union. 27 February 2012. Retrieved 12 November 2012.
  3. ^ "2009 ITU World Championship Series", Wikipedia, 2018-08-27, retrieved 2018-09-16
  4. ^ "Competition rules" (PDF). https://www.triathlon.org/. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2018. Retrieved 16 September 2018. External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ http://www.triathlon.org/news/article/the_bg_legacy

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