Triathlon

Facts

Discipline of Triathlon
Participants 355
NOCs 54
Competitions held 10 (Venues)
Distinct events 5
IF World Triathlon

Description

Triathlon is a relatively new sport that consists of running, swimming, and cycling. Its origins date to the 1970s when the first major triathlon, the Ironman Race, was first held in Hawai’i. Triathlon is governed by the International Triathlon Union (ITU) which was created in 1989 in Avignon and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on 3 September 1994 at the IOC session in Paris. As of 2018 the ITU has 140 member nations.

Triathlon first appeared on the Olympic Program at the 2000 Olympic Games, with two events – one for men and one for women. The Olympic triathletes race over what was already known as the “Olympic distance”, – 1,500 metre swim, 40 km cycling, and 10 km running.

All-time medal table

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

Most successful competitors

Athlete Nat Gold Silver Bronze Total
Alistair Brownlee GBR 2 0 0 2
Simon Whitfield CAN 1 1 0 2
Nicola Spirig Hug SUI 1 1 0 2
Hamish Carter NZL 1 0 0 1
Brigitte McMahon SUI 1 0 0 1
Kate Allen AUT 1 0 0 1
Emma Snowsill AUS 1 0 0 1
Jan Frodeno GER 1 0 0 1
Gwen Jorgensen USA 1 0 0 1
Bevan Docherty NZL 0 1 1 2
Jonny Brownlee GBR 0 1 1 2

Event types

Name Gender Still contested? Times held?
Olympic Distance Men 5
Olympic Distance Women 5
Sprint Boys 2
Sprint Girls 2
Relay Mixed Youth 2