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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 an 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 official 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: the International Triathlon Union (ITU) was founded in 1989 and five years later triathlon was accepted into the Games, during the 12th Olympic Congress of the International Olympic Committee.[2] 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 ride, 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.[3]

Since 2000, the triathlon competition consists of an event for men and another for women.[4] The inaugural women's event was the first to be held during the Sydney Games, and crowned Swiss triathlete Brigitte McMahon as the first Olympic champion, over the heavy-favorite Australians.[5] 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.[6] In a similar fashion, long-distance specialist Kate Allen of Austria secured the women's Olympic title in 2004.[7] New Zealand's strength in the sport was demonstrated when the nation placed two men in the first positions: Hamish Carter and Bevan Docherty won the gold and silver medals, respectively.[8] At the 2008 Summer Olympics, Whitfield was on the verge of repeating the 2000 outcome, but this time he could not keep his lead over Jan Frodeno of Germany in the final meters, and was pipped to the gold medal.[9] The Australian power in women's triathlon was finally consecrated at the Beijing Games, when three-time world champion and favorite Emma Snowsill clinched the gold medal and Emma Moffatt secured the bronze.[10]

Simon Whitfield (one gold and one silver) and Bevan Docherty (one silver and one bronze) are the only triathletes to have won two medals.[9] Australia leads the overall medal table with four medals, followed by New Zealand and Switzerland, tied with three medals. While Australia has dominated the women's event, placing at least an athlete in the podium since its inception, the Kiwis head the men's medal table. As of the 2008 Summer Olympics, eighteen medals have been awarded to sixteen triathletes representing nine National Olympic Committees (NOCs).

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Men • Women

Statistics        See also        References

Men

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 (CAN)
 Stephan Vuckovic
Germany (GER)
 Jan Řehula
Czech Republic (CZE)
2004 Athens
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 Hamish Carter
New Zealand (NZL)
 Bevan Docherty
New Zealand (NZL)
 Sven Riederer
Switzerland (SUI)
2008 Beijing
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 Jan Frodeno
Germany (GER)
 Simon Whitfield
Canada (CAN)
 Bevan Docherty
New Zealand (NZL)

Women

Games Gold Silver Bronze
2000 Sydney
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 Brigitte McMahon
Switzerland (SUI)
 Michellie Jones
Australia (AUS)
 Magali Messmer
Switzerland (SUI)
2004 Athens
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 Kate Allen
Austria (AUT)
 Loretta Harrop
Australia (AUS)
 Susan Williams
United States (USA)
2008 Beijing
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 Emma Snowsill
Australia (AUS)
 Vanessa Fernandes
Portugal (POR)
 Emma Moffatt
Australia (AUS)

Statistics

Athlete medal leaders

Rank Athlete Nation Olympics Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Whitfield, SimonSimon Whitfield  Canada (CAN) 2000–2008 1 1 0 2
2 Docherty, BevanBevan Docherty  Australia (AUS) 2004–2008 0 1 1 2

Medals per year

# Number of medals won by the NOC NOC did not win any medals
Nation 1896–1996 00 04 08 Total
 Australia (AUS)   1 1 2 4
 Austria (AUT)   1 1
 Canada (CAN)   1 1 2
 Czech Republic (CZE)   1 1
 Germany (GER)   1 1 2
 New Zealand (NZL)   2 1 3
 Portugal (POR)   1 1
 Switzerland (SUI)   2 1 3
 United States (USA)   1 1

See also

References

General
Specific
  1. ^ "Triathlon Equipment and History". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. http://www.olympic.org/en/content/Sports/All-Sports/Triathlon/Triathlon-Rules-Equipment-and-History/?Tab=1. Retrieved March 13, 2010. 
  2. ^ "ITU Triathlon Facts & Figures". Triathlon.org. International Triathlon Union. http://www.triathlon.org/?call=TVRZMw==&keep=sh. Retrieved July 2, 2009. 
  3. ^ 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 0736032886. OCLC 45583386. http://books.google.pt/books?id=hxR6Tka9moIC&pg=PA230. Retrieved July 2, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Triathlon". Olympic.org. International Olympic Committee. http://www.olympic.org/en/content/Sports/All-Sports/Triathlon/. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Golden surprise - Swiss McMahon upsets Aussie for triathlon gold". CNN Sports Illustrated (CNN). September 28, 2000. http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/olympics/2000/triathlon/news/2000/09/15/mcmahon_triathlon_ap/. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Simon Whitfield". The Official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. The Beijing Organizing Committee for the Games of the XXIX Olympiad. http://en.beijing2008.cn/spirit/pastgames/halloffame/w/n214047050.shtml. Retrieved March 14, 2010. 
  7. ^ Michaelis, Vicki (August 25, 2004). "Australian-turned-Austrian Kate Allen wins triathlon with late surge". USA Today (Gannett Company). http://www.usatoday.com/sports/olympics/athens/combined/2004-08-25-womens-triathlon_x.htm. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  8. ^ "Hamish Carter wins men's triathlon". Xinhua Online (Xinhua News Agency). August 26, 2004. http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2004-08/26/content_1890004.htm. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  9. ^ a b "Germany's Frodeno Wins Triathlon at the Wire". ABC News. Associated Press (ABC). August 19, 2008. http://abcnews.go.com/Sports/wireStory?id=5607247. Retrieved July 3, 2009. 
  10. ^ Crutcher, Michael (August 18, 2008). "Emma Snowsill wins triathlon gold medal at Beijing Olympics". Herald Sun. News.co.au (The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd). http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/beijing_olympics/story/0,27313,24198804-5016752,00.html. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 

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