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Olympic Distance, Men

Date18 August 2016 — 11:00
StatusOlympic
LocationForte de Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Participants55 from 31 countries

The men’s competition contained some quality triathletes all with a great chance of capturing the gold medal, and with Spain’s Javier Gómez, winner of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Triathlon Series out of the Games following a minor bike crash the month before the start of the Olympics, it gave extra hope to the other contestants. Spain’s Mario Mola was the in-form man going into Rio. He had won four of the seven World Series events in 2016, including the Hamburg race, the last before Rio. Alistair Brownlee had two World Series wins under his belt leading up to the Games and was confident of retaining his Olympic title.

However, after the opening swim in Rio, the first ever from a beach start in Olympic history, Slovakia’s Richard Varga held a two second lead over Igor Polyansky of Russia, while Polyansky’s brother Dmitry, third in the 2012 World Triathlon Series, was lying in fourth place. The fancied Brownlee brothers were well placed in sixth and ninth, with Jonny slightly ahead of his older sibling.

The contest was building into a close contest after the cycle ride. With transition time added at the end of the ride, six men started the final 10km run within two seconds of each other with Varga, Jonny Brownlee, and France’s 2015 World Series bronze medalist Vincent Luis all at 1h 13m 51s, just one second ahead of Alistair Brownlee, Marten Van Riel of Belgium and South Africa’s Henri Schoeman.

After the first lap of the 10km run, the Brownlees occupied the first two places with Luis third, but the Frenchman soon dropped back and finished seventh. The Brownlee brothers dominated the race after pulling away before the end of the first lap and in the end, Alistair beat Jonny by six seconds, while South Africa’s Henri Schoeman took the bronze medal, 42 seconds behind the winner, and seven seconds ahead of his compatriot Richard Murray (who nearly produced one of the greatest triathlon comebacks of all time when he came within a whisker of winning a medal despite going into the final leg nearly 90 seconds behind). For Schoeman, it was the first podium finish of his career and he had the distinction of being the first African triathlete to win an Olympic medal.

But the lasting memory of a magnificent men’s contest was the two British brothers lying side-by-side on the ground after crossing the finishing line congratulating each other as they improved on their 2012 performance of gold and bronze, which they had now upgraded to gold and silver, with Alistair becoming the first triathlete to win back-to-back Olympic golds.

PosNrTriathleteNOCTime1.5 km SwimSwim-to-Bike40 km BikeBike-to-Run10 km Run
15Alistair BrownleeGBR1-45:0117:24 (4)0:50 (=39)55:04 (=4)0:34 (=6)31:09 (3)Gold
26Jonny BrownleeGBR1-45:0717:24 (6)0:50 (=39)55:04 (=4)0:33 (=1)31:16 (5)Silver
32Henri SchoemanRSA1-45:4317:25 (7)0:53 (=52)55:01 (1)0:34 (=6)31:50 (6)Bronze
41Richard MurrayRSA1-45:5018:20 (47)0:46 (=3)55:35 (12)0:35 (=13)30:34 (1)
511João PereiraPOR1-45:5218:03 (32)0:46 (=3)55:52 (=17)0:33 (=1)30:38 (2)
615Marten Van RielBEL1-46:0317:27 (11)0:49 (=23)55:03 (=2)0:34 (=6)32:10 (8)
718Vincent LuisFRA1-46:1217:26 (10)0:48 (=12)55:04 (=4)0:33 (=1)32:21 (12)
856Mario MolaESP1-46:2617:37 (26)0:46 (=3)56:18 (23)0:33 (=1)31:12 (4)
99Aaron RoyleAUS1-46:4217:26 (9)0:48 (=12)55:05 (8)0:36 (=22)32:47 (=18)
107Ryan BailieAUS1-47:0217:31 (20)0:49 (=23)56:11 (21)0:38 (=30)31:53 (7)
1149Richard VargaSVK1-47:1717:18 (1)0:49 (=23)55:10 (10)0:34 (=6)33:26 (29)
1223Crisanto GrajalesMEX1-47:2817:59 (29)0:50 (=39)55:52 (=17)0:34 (=6)32:13 (10)
1325Kristian BlummenfeltNOR1-47:3117:39 (27)0:49 (=23)56:12 (22)0:34 (=6)32:17 (11)
1446Alessandro FabianITA1-47:3517:22 (3)0:49 (=23)55:07 (9)0:40 (=40)33:37 (32)
1552Tyler MislawchukCAN1-47:5017:31 (19)0:48 (=12)56:23 (=28)0:35 (=13)32:33 (13)
1620Andrea SalvisbergSUI1-47:5617:28 (13)0:46 (=3)55:04 (=4)0:38 (=30)34:00 (37)
1736Ryan SissonsNZL1-48:0117:34 (24)0:48 (=12)56:20 (24)0:34 (=6)32:45 (=16)
1854Fernando AlarzaESP1-48:0818:05 (34)0:51 (=45)56:23 (=28)0:38 (=30)32:11 (9)
1919Sven RiedererSUI1-48:1517:48 (28)0:49 (=23)56:03 (20)0:35 (=13)33:00 (22)
2026Gábor FaldumHUN1-48:2018:00 (30)0:45 (=1)55:56 (19)0:33 (=1)33:06 (=23)
2135Tony DoddsNZL1-48:2417:31 (17)0:47 (=8)56:24 (30)0:36 (=22)33:06 (=23)
2224Irving PérezMEX1-48:2617:35 (25)0:45 (=1)56:21 (25)0:35 (=13)33:10 (25)
2339Joe MaloyUSA1-48:3018:03 (33)0:50 (=39)56:25 (31)0:35 (=13)32:37 (14)
248Ryan FisherAUS1-48:3418:01 (31)0:48 (=12)55:42 (14)0:38 (=30)33:25 (28)
2517Pierre Le CorreFRA1-48:3617:28 (14)0:48 (=12)57:02 (=34)0:35 (=13)32:43 (15)
2644Ron DarmonISR1-48:4118:06 (35)0:47 (=8)55:48 (16)0:39 (=37)33:21 (27)
2755Vicente HernándezESP1-48:5018:10 (39)0:50 (=39)55:41 (13)0:35 (=13)33:34 (31)
2834Andreas SchillingDEN1-48:5618:11 (40)0:48 (=12)55:33 (11)0:38 (=30)33:46 (=33)
2938Ben KanuteUSA1-48:5917:29 (15)0:46 (=3)55:03 (=2)0:40 (=40)35:01 (44)
3048Leonardo ChacónCRC1-49:0618:11 (41)0:48 (=12)55:43 (15)0:38 (=30)33:46 (=33)
3132Igor PolyanskyRUS1-49:1117:18 (2)0:51 (=45)56:32 (32)0:41 (=44)33:49 (35)
3231Dmitry PolyanskyRUS1-49:2617:24 (5)0:49 (=23)57:07 (37)0:36 (=22)33:30 (30)
3327Tamás TóthHUN1-50:0217:30 (16)0:47 (=8)57:02 (=34)0:38 (=30)34:05 (38)
3447Davide UccellariITA1-51:0617:32 (22)0:51 (=45)56:57 (33)0:37 (=26)35:09 (46)
3512João SilvaPOR1-51:3318:08 (36)0:49 (=23)56:22 (=26)0:39 (=37)35:35 (47)
3616Dorian ConinxFRA1-51:5017:28 (12)0:52 (51)56:22 (=26)0:36 (=22)36:32 (49)1
3737Greg BillingtonUSA1-52:0418:15 (43)0:49 (=23)59:33 (46)0:42 (=48)32:45 (=16)
3814Jelle GeensBEL1-52:0518:36 (49)0:49 (=23)59:14 (41)0:37 (=26)32:49 (20)
3951Rostislav PevtsovAZE1-52:0618:14 (42)0:51 (=45)59:32 (45)0:42 (=48)32:47 (=18)
4050Bryan KeaneIRL1-52:0918:10 (38)0:57 (55)59:30 (=43)0:41 (=44)32:51 (21)
4145Diogo SclebinBRA1-52:3218:20 (48)0:49 (=23)59:29 (42)0:40 (=40)33:14 (26)
4253Andrew YorkeCAN1-52:4618:17 (45)0:48 (=12)59:10 (40)0:35 (=13)33:56 (36)
4333Manny HuertaPUR1-53:2218:19 (46)0:48 (=12)59:30 (=43)0:37 (=26)34:08 (39)
4410Miguel ArraiolosPOR1-53:3518:44 (52)0:50 (=39)59:04 (38)0:35 (=13)34:22 (41)
4529Gonzalo TellecheaARG1-53:4318:42 (51)0:49 (=23)59:08 (39)0:41 (=44)34:23 (42)
4621Lawrence FanousJOR1-55:0518:16 (44)0:48 (=12)59:34 (47)0:40 (=40)35:47 (48)
473Thomas SpringerAUT1-55:1419:45 (55)0:49 (=23)59:41 (48)0:39 (=37)34:20 (40)2
4828Luciano TacconeARG1-55:3019:23 (54)0:55 (54)59:56 (50)0:41 (=44)34:35 (43)
4940Ivan IvanovUKR1-56:0018:58 (53)0:51 (=45)1-00:26 (51)0:43 (50)35:02 (45)
5042Bai FaquanCHN1-58:0817:31 (21)0:49 (=23)59:49 (49)0:37 (=26)39:22 (50)
AC30Aleksandr BryukhankovRUS17:26 (8)0:51 (=45)57:03 (36)0:46 (51)– (AC)DNF3
AC4Gordon BensonGBR18:09 (37)0:53 (=52)– (AC)DNF4
AC43Jason WilsonBAR17:31 (18)0:49 (=23)– (AC)DNF5
AC41Hirokatsu TayamaJPN17:34 (23)0:47 (=8)– (AC)DNFlapped6
AC22Rodrigo GonzálezMEX18:38 (50)0:49 (=23)– (AC)DNFlapped7