ITU World Triathlon Series

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ITU World Triathlon Series
ITU World Triathlon Series.svg
SportTriathlon
Inaugural season2009
Most recent
champion(s)
 Mario Mola (ESP)
 Vicky Holland (GBR)
Most titles Javier Gómez (ESP) (5)
Sponsor(s)NTT
Official websitehttps://wts.triathlon.org/

The ITU World Triathlon Series is the International Triathlon Union's annual series of triathlon events used to crown an annual world champion. There are multiple rounds of competitions culminating in a Grand Final race. Athletes compete head-to-head for points in these races that will determine the overall ITU world champion. The elite championship races are held over two distances the standard and the sprint distance.

As of 2018 a mixed relay series is to be run in tandem, where national teams compete in mixed team relays for prize money and Olympic qualifying points.[1] One of these races will be the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships.

History[edit]

The world champion was formerly crowned in the ITU Triathlon World Championship, a single championship race that was held annually from 1989, the same year as the formation of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), to 2008. Beginning with the 2009 racing season the ITU Triathlon World Championship was changed to a series of events culminating with a grand final race.[2] From 2009 to 2011 the events were known as the World Championship Series (WCS) before being relabeled World Triathlon Series (WTS) in 2012.[3] In 2011 the sprint distance world championship was incorporated into the series giving the same points and prize money as any other event,[4] from this point on sprint distance events would make up a part of the series. In 2013, the series offered a total of $2.25 million in prize money to elite athletes, making it the richest series in triathlon.[3]With the growing popularity of the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships and the disciplines addition to the Olympic program [5] it was decided that at three of the events on the 2018 calendar a mixed relay event would be held alongside the men's and women's competition these three events would grant points towards Olympic qualification and constitute the new ITU mixed relay series.[1]

Disciplines[edit]

Currently there are three different distance disciplines:

  • Standard- A 1500m swim followed by a 40 km cycle followed by a 10 km run.
  • Sprint- A 750m swim followed by a 20 km cycle followed by a 5 km run.
  • Mixed Team Relay- A 4 x ( 300m swim followed by a 7.5 km cycle followed by a 1.5 km run) where each athlete completes the swim bike run before tagging the next athlete, with the order of the athletes always being female, male, female, male.

In all instances the swim will be a mass start in open-water and the cycling will be draft-legal. There is an allowed leniency of 10% on each segment of courses route for the standard and sprint distances, with more discretion being allowed for the mixed relay. The standard distance was also known as the Olympic distance as it was the only distance competed for in the Olympics, however the ITU has tried to enforce the use of the name standard distance saving the name Olympic on for official Olympic events.

Champions[edit]

Men's championship[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2009  Alistair Brownlee (GBR)  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Maik Petzold (GER)
2010  Javier Gómez (ESP) (2 †)  Steffen Justus (GER)  Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
2011  Alistair Brownlee (GBR) (2)  Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)  Javier Gómez (ESP)
2012  Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS)
2013  Javier Gómez (ESP) (3)  Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)  Mario Mola (ESP)
2014  Javier Gómez (ESP) (4)  Mario Mola (ESP)  Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)
2015  Javier Gómez (ESP) (5)  Mario Mola (ESP)  Vincent Luis (FRA)
2016  Mario Mola (ESP)  Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)  Fernando Alarza (ESP)
2017  Mario Mola (ESP) (2)  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR)
2018  Mario Mola (ESP) (3)  Vincent Luis (FRA)  Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS)

dagger The athlete won his first title as World Champion under the old world championship system.

Women's championship[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2009  Emma Moffatt (AUS)  Lisa Nordén (SWE)  Andrea Hewitt (NZL)
2010  Emma Moffatt (AUS) (2)  Nicola Spirig (SUI)  Lisa Nordén (SWE)
2011  Helen Jenkins (GBR) (2 †)  Andrea Hewitt (NZL)  Sarah Groff (USA)
2012  Lisa Nordén (SWE)  Anne Haug (GER)  Andrea Hewitt (NZL)
2013  Non Stanford (GBR)  Jodie Stimpson (GBR)  Anne Haug (GER)
2014  Gwen Jorgensen (USA)  Sarah Groff (USA)  Andrea Hewitt (NZL)
2015  Gwen Jorgensen (USA) (2)  Andrea Hewitt (NZL)  Sarah True (USA)
2016  Flora Duffy (BER)  Gwen Jorgensen (USA)  Ai Ueda (JPN)
2017  Flora Duffy (BER) (2)  Ashleigh Gentle (AUS)  Katie Zaferes (USA)
2018  Vicky Holland (GBR)  Katie Zaferes (USA)  Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR)

dagger The athlete won the title of World Champion under the old world championship system.

Medals classification[edit]

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1 Spain (ESP)75315
2 Great Britain (GBR)64212
3 United States (USA)2338
4 Australia (AUS)2125
5 Bermuda (BER)2002
6 Sweden (SWE)1113
7 New Zealand (NZL)0235
8 Germany (GER)0224
9 France (FRA)0112
10  Switzerland (SUI)0101
11 Japan (JPN)0011
 Norway (NOR)0011
 Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (13 countrys)20202060

Hosts[edit]

World Triathlon Series locations
Country City Year
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
 Australia Gold Coast GF GF
Sydney
 Austria Kitzbühel
 Canada Edmonton GF
Montreal
 China Beijing GF
 Germany Hamburg
 Great Britain Leeds
London GF
 Hungary Budapest GF
 Japan Yokohama
 Mexico Cozumel GF
 Netherlands Rotterdam GF
 New Zealand Auckland GF
 South Africa Cape Town
 South Korea Seoul
Tongyeong
 Spain Madrid
 Sweden Stockholm
  Switzerland Lausanne
 United States Chicago GF
San Diego
Washington, D.C.
 United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi
 Bermuda Bermuda

GF = Grand Final

World Triathlon Series Grand Final locations
Year Date Location
2009 9–13 September Gold Coast, Australia
2010 8–12 September Budapest, Hungary
2011 10–11 September Beijing, China
2012 20–21 October Auckland, New Zealand
2013 14–15 September London, Great Britain
2014 1 September Edmonton, Canada
2015 17 September Chicago, United States
2016 11-18 September Cozumel, Mexico
2017 14-17 September Rotterdam, Netherlands[6]
2018 12–16 September Gold Coast, Australia
2019 Unknown Lausanne, Switzerland
2020 Unknown Edmonton, Canada

ITU Triathlon World Championship[edit]

ITU Triathlon World Championship
Founded1989
Ceased2008
Replaced byITU World Triathlon Series

The world champion was formerly crowned in the ITU Triathlon World Championship, a single championship race that was held annually from 1989, the same year as the formation of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), to 2008.

Results[edit]

Men's championship[edit]

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1989  Mark Allen (USA)  Glenn Cook (GBR)  Rick Wells (NZL)
1990  Greg Welch (AUS)  Brad Beven (AUS)  Stephen Foster (AUS)
1991  Miles Stewart (AUS)  Rick Wells (NZL)  Mike Pigg (USA)
1992  Simon Lessing (GBR)  Rainer Müller-Hörner (GER)  Rob Barel (NED)
1993  Spencer Smith (GBR)  Simon Lessing (GBR)  Hamish Carter (NZL)
1994  Spencer Smith (GBR) (2)  Brad Beven (AUS)  Ralf Eggert (GER)
1995  Simon Lessing (GBR) (2)  Brad Beven (AUS)  Ralf Eggert (GER)
1996  Simon Lessing (GBR) (3)  Luc Van Lierde (BEL)  Leandro Macedo (BRA)
1997  Chris McCormack (AUS)  Hamish Carter (NZL)  Simon Lessing (GBR)
1998  Simon Lessing (GBR) (4)  Paul Amey (NZL)  Miles Stewart (AUS)
1999  Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ)  Simon Lessing (GBR)  Miles Stewart (AUS)
2000  Olivier Marceau (FRA)  Peter Robertson (AUS)  Craig Walton (AUS)
2001  Peter Robertson (AUS)  Chris Hill (AUS)  Craig Watson (NZL)
2002  Iván Raña (ESP)  Peter Robertson (AUS)  Andrew Johns (GBR)
2003  Peter Robertson (AUS) (2)  Iván Raña (ESP)  Olivier Marceau (SUI)
2004  Bevan Docherty (NZL)  Iván Raña (ESP)  Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ)
2005  Peter Robertson (AUS) (3)  Reto Hug (SUI)  Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
2006  Tim Don (GBR)  Hamish Carter (NZL)  Frédéric Belaubre (FRA)
2007  Daniel Unger (GER)  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
2008  Javier Gómez (ESP)  Bevan Docherty (NZL)  Reto Hug (SUI)

Women's championship[edit]

Australian Emma Snowsill captured the title on 3 different occasions.
Year Gold Silver Bronze
1989  Erin Baker (NZL)  Jan Ripple (USA)  Laurie Samuelson (USA)
1990  Karen Smyers (USA)  Carol Montgomery (CAN)  Joy Hansen (USA)
1991  Joanne Ritchie (CAN)  Terri Smith (CAN)  Michellie Jones (AUS)
1992  Michellie Jones (AUS)  Joanne Ritchie (CAN)  Melissa Mantak (USA)
1993  Michellie Jones (AUS) (2)  Karen Smyers (USA)  Joanne Ritchie (CAN)
1994  Emma Carney (AUS)  Anette Pedersen (DEN)  Sarah Harrow (NZL)
1995  Karen Smyers (USA) (2)  Jackie Gallagher (AUS)  Joy Leutner (USA)
1996  Jackie Gallagher (AUS)  Emma Carney (AUS)  Carol Montgomery (CAN)
1997  Emma Carney (AUS) (2)  Jackie Gallagher (AUS)  Michellie Jones (AUS)
1998  Joanne King (AUS)  Michellie Jones (AUS)  Evelyn Williamson (NZL)
1999  Loretta Harrop (AUS)  Jackie Gallagher (AUS)  Emma Carney (AUS)
2000  Nicole Hackett (AUS)  Carol Montgomery (CAN)  Michellie Jones (AUS)
2001  Siri Lindley (USA)  Michellie Jones (AUS)  Joanna Zeiger (USA)
2002  Leanda Cave (GBR)  Barbara Lindquist (USA)  Michelle Dillon (GBR)
2003  Emma Snowsill (AUS)  Laura Bennett (USA)  Michellie Jones (AUS)
2004  Sheila Taormina (USA)  Loretta Harrop (AUS)  Laura Bennett (USA)
2005  Emma Snowsill (AUS) (2)  Annabel Luxford (AUS)  Laura Bennett (USA)
2006  Emma Snowsill (AUS) (3)  Vanessa Fernandes (POR)  Felicity Abram (AUS)
2007  Vanessa Fernandes (POR)  Emma Snowsill (AUS)  Laura Bennett (USA)
2008  Helen Tucker (GBR)  Sarah Haskins (USA)  Samantha Warriner (NZL)

Medal table[edit]

Pos National Team Gold Silver Bronze
1  Australia 17 15 13
2  Great Britain 9 4 3
3  United States 5 5 9
4  New Zealand 2 4 5
5  Spain 2 3
6  Canada 1 4
7  Germany 1 1 2
8  Portugal 1 1
9  France 1 1
 Kazakhstan 1 1
11   Switzerland 1 2
12  Belgium 1
 Denmark 1
14  Brazil 1
 Netherlands 1

Host city[edit]

Year Date Location
1989 6 August Avignon, France
1990 15 September Orlando, United States
1991 13 October Queensland, Australia
1992 12 September Muskoka, Canada
1993 22 August Manchester, United Kingdom
1994 27 November Wellington, New Zealand
1995 12 November Cancún, Mexico
1996 24 August Cleveland, United States
1997 16 November Perth, Australia
1998 30 August Lausanne, Switzerland
1999 12 September Montreal, Canada
2000 30 April Perth, Australia
2001 22 July Edmonton, Canada
2002 9–10 November Cancún, Mexico
2003 6–7 December Queenstown, New Zealand
2004 9 May Madeira, Portugal
2005 10–11 September Gamagōri, Japan
2006 2–3 September Lausanne, Switzerland
2007 30 August–2 September Hamburg, Germany
2008 5–8 June Vancouver, Canada

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018-WTS-Media-Guide" (PDF). 23 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Ranking Criteria" (PDF). International Triathlon Union. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  3. ^ a b "2013 Series Guide" (PDF). International Triathlon Union. Retrieved 17 September 2013.
  4. ^ "Sprint And Team Championships Added To The 2011 Dextro Energy Triathlon ITU World Championship Series | Triathlete". Triathlete. 2011-04-27. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  5. ^ "Tokyo 2020: Mixed-gender events added to Olympic Games". BBC Sport. 2017-06-09. Retrieved 2018-08-23.
  6. ^ "2016 & 2017 WTS Grand Final hosts revealed".