Triathlon at the 2012 Summer Olympics

Dates 4 – 7 August 2012
Medal Events 2

Triathlon was centered around Hyde Park in central London, with the open-water swims held there in The Serpentine, the cycling racing seven laps of a 6+ km course within the park, and the run held within the park confines over four laps of a 2½ km course. There were again two events, individuals for men and women. The women’s race produced one of the closest finishes in triathlon history, as the Swiss Nicola Spirig defeated Sweden’s Lisa Nordén by less than 1/100th of a second. The men’s race was a celebration for the huge British crowds watching it, as the Brownlee brothers, Alistair and Jonathan, won the gold and bronze medals respectively.


Event Status Date Participants NOCs
Olympic Distance, Men Olympic 7 August 2012 55 32
Olympic Distance, Women Olympic 4 August 2012 55 31
110 (55/55) 39 (32/31)


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Olympic Distance, Men Alistair BrownleeGBR Javier GómezESP Jonathan BrownleeGBR
Olympic Distance, Women Nicola SpirigSUI Lisa NordénSWE Erin DenshamAUS

Medal table

NOC Gold Silver Bronze Total
Great Britain GBR 1 0 1 2
Switzerland SUI 1 0 0 1
Spain ESP 0 1 0 1
Sweden SWE 0 1 0 1
Australia AUS 0 0 1 1