List of Olympic medalists in triathlon

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Three women wearing medals around their necks stand together on the highest step of a podium. The woman on the left wears dark blue shorts, a white jacket and raises a flower bouquet with her right arm. The other women wears the same turquoise pants and yellow jackets; the one on the right also holds high a flower bouquet with her left arm. Far behind them is a large water source and vegetation.
The medalists of the 2008 Summer Olympics women's triathlon. Left to right: Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal (silver), and Emma Snowsill (gold) and Emma Moffatt (bronze) of Australia.

Triathlon has been an Olympic sport since its debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.[1] Its inclusion in the Summer Olympic Games program was the quickest of any sport:[2] the International Triathlon Union (ITU) was founded in 1989 and five years later, on 4 September 1994, triathlon's Olympic status was approved by the 103rd International Olympic Committee Session, in Paris.[3] The variant contested at the Olympics (called Olympic distance) is composed of a 1,500-meter (4,921 ft) swim, followed by a 40-kilometer (25 mi) bicycle race, and a final 10 km (6 mi) run leg. The distances were chosen based on the toughest events from each of the sports that constitute triathlon.[4]

Since 2000, the triathlon competition consists of a men's and a women's event.[5] The inaugural women's event was the first to be contested during the Sydney Games, and crowned Swiss triathlete Brigitte McMahon as the first Olympic champion, over the heavy-favorite Australians.[6] The following day, Simon Whitfield of Canada, who was not considered one of the favorites, came from behind and took the men's gold medal with a 200-meter sprint finish.[7] In similar fashion, long-distance specialist Kate Allen of Austria secured the women's Olympic title in 2004.[8] New Zealand placed two male triathletes in the top two, as Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty won the gold and silver medals, respectively.[9] At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Whitfield was on the verge of repeating his 2000 success, but failed to keep his lead over Jan Frodeno of Germany in the final meters, who pipped the Canadian to the gold medal.[10] The Australian power in women's triathlon was rewarded at the Beijing Games, when three-time world champion and favorite Emma Snowsill clinched the gold medal and Emma Moffatt secured the bronze.[11]

After securing a second career Olympic medal in Beijing, Simon Whitfield (one gold and one silver) and Bevan Docherty (one silver and one bronze) are the only triathletes to have won more than one Olympic medal.[10]

Men[edit]

A man wears a black long-sleeved wetsuit, an orange swimming cap, and blue-shaded swimming goggles. He is smiling and holds his left hand over his chest.
Canadian Simon Whitfield was the first gold medalist in the men's Olympic triathlon, in 2000.
A blue-eyed smiling woman wearing a white towel around her shoulders and a white cap with a pair of white-framed sporting sunglasses on top of it. The cap bears the Austrian Olympic committee logo.
Kate Allen of Austria came from behind to win the 2004 women's Olympic triathlon event.
Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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Simon Whitfield
 Canada
Stephan Vuckovic
 Germany
Jan Řehula
 Czech Republic
2004 Athens
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Hamish Carter
 New Zealand
Bevan Docherty
 New Zealand
Sven Riederer
 Switzerland
2008 Beijing
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Jan Frodeno
 Germany
Simon Whitfield
 Canada
Bevan Docherty
 New Zealand
2012 London
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Alistair Brownlee
 Great Britain
Javier Gómez Noya
 Spain
Jonathan Brownlee
 Great Britain
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Alistair Brownlee
 Great Britain
Jonathan Brownlee
 Great Britain
Henri Schoeman
 South Africa

Women[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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Brigitte McMahon
 Switzerland
Michellie Jones
 Australia
Magali Messmer
 Switzerland
2004 Athens
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Kate Allen
 Austria
Loretta Harrop
 Australia
Susan Williams
 United States
2008 Beijing
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Emma Snowsill
 Australia
Vanessa Fernandes
 Portugal
Emma Moffatt
 Australia
2012 London
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Nicola Spirig
 Switzerland
Lisa Nordén
 Sweden
Erin Densham
 Australia
2016 Rio de Janeiro
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Gwen Jorgensen
 United States
Nicola Spirig Hug
 Switzerland
Vicky Holland
 Great Britain

Statistics[edit]

Multiple medalists[edit]

Rank Athlete Nation Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Brownlee, AlistairAlistair Brownlee  Great Britain (GBR) 2012–2016 2 0 0 2
2 Whitfield, SimonSimon Whitfield  Canada (CAN) 2000–2008 1 1 0 2
Spirig, NicolaNicola Spirig  Switzerland (SUI) 2012–2016 1 1 0 2
4 Brownlee, JonathanJonathan Brownlee  Great Britain (GBR) 2012–2016 0 1 1 2
5 Docherty, BevanBevan Docherty  New Zealand (NZL) 2004–2008 0 1 1 2

Medals by NOC[edit]

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
 Great Britain (GBR) 2 1 2 5
 Switzerland (SUI) 2 1 2 5
 Australia (AUS) 1 2 2 5
 New Zealand (NZL) 1 1 1 3
 Canada (CAN) 1 1 0 2
 Germany (GER) 1 1 0 2
 United States (USA) 1 0 1 2
 Austria (AUT) 1 0 0 1
 Portugal (POR) 0 1 0 1
 Spain (ESP) 0 1 0 1
 Sweden (SWE) 0 1 0 1
 Czech Republic (CZE) 0 0 1 1
 South Africa (RSA) 0 0 1 1
Total 10 10 10 30

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "ITU Triathlon Facts & Figures". Triathlon.org. International Triathlon Union. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Triathlon, taekwondo added to Olympics". The Sunday Argus-Press. Associated Press. 4 September 1994. p. 6. Retrieved 21 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Hobson, Wes; Clark Campbell and Michael F. Vickers (2001). "Chapter 18, Race Day: Olympic Distance". Swim, bike, run (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. p. 230. ISBN 0-7360-3288-6. OCLC 45583386. Retrieved July 2, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Triathlon". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Golden surprise – Swiss McMahon upsets Aussie for triathlon gold". CNN Sports Illustrated. CNN. September 28, 2000. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Simon Whitfield". The Official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  8. ^ Michaelis, Vicki (August 25, 2004). "Australian-turned-Austrian Kate Allen wins triathlon with late surge". USA Today. Athens 2004 Olympics. Gannett Company. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  9. ^ "Hamish Carter wins men's triathlon". Xinhua Online. Xinhua News Agency. August 26, 2004. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Germany's Frodeno Wins Triathlon at the Wire". The Seattle Times. The Seattle Times Company. Associated Press. August 18, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ Crutcher, Michael (August 18, 2008). "Emma Snowsill wins triathlon gold medal at Beijing Olympics". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved July 4, 2009.