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Triathlon At The Olympics

by Alexandra Parren

London 2012 Olympics Triathlon Swim Dive

From the Brownlee brothers to Benson, Jenkins and Holland to Stanford, team GB are bringing a strong team to triathlon at the Olympics in Rio 2016 with the hope of matching previous years medals.

There is no shortage of pedigree athletes in the ranks for team GB with Olympic Champion Alistair Brownlee leading the way and brother Jonny– who won bronze in 2012 – also selected for his second Olympic Games.

They will be joined in the men’s race by 22-year-old Gordon Benson who staked his claim by clinching the gold medal for Team GB at the inaugural European Games at Baku 2015.

There is plenty of strength in the women’s ranks also, with 2013 World Champion Non Stanford included, along with fellow London 2012 Olympian Vicky Holland.

Helen Jenkins rounds off the team and will bring plenty of experience, having competed at both Beijing 2008 and London 2012 and winning the World Championships in 2008 and 2011.

Rio 2016 will be the fifth Games that has included triathlon in its programme – the first being Sydney 2000 – but it took Team GB until 2012 to claim a first Olympic medal.

At London 2012 it was only Javier Gomez who denied a Brownlee one-two on the podium as the Spaniard split the brothers to take Olympic silver.

Team GB have now selected 71 athletes from eight sports for Rio 2016.

The Men’s event will take place on Thursday 18th August at 3pm and the womens will take place at 3pm on Saturday 20th at Fort Copacabana.

Triathlon Olympics Stadium Sport Fitness Bike Transition

Rio 2016 Triathlete Facts

Emma Snowsill’s winning margin over silver medallist Vanessa Fernades was 1 hour, 7 minutes at the 2008 Beijing Games.

The highest number of Olympic Tri medals won is 2 held by Simon Whitfield and Bevan Docherty.

The highest Olympic finish to date for a GB female is held by Helen Jenkins at 5th in London 2012.

There are 4  paratri categories at Rio. PT1,PT2 AND PT4 for men, PT2, PT4 and PT5 for the women.

British medal favourite Alison Patrick’s ITU win percentage in the PT5 category is 64%.

There has been 1 marriage between two Olympic gold medalists - 2008 champions Jan Frodeno and Emma Snowsill.

Simon Lessing came 9th at the 2000 games after being favourite for a gold medal.

Allistair Brownlee’s winning run split at the 2012 Olympic Games was 29:07.

After 515km of racing, there was only a 15 cm margin between Nicola Spirig and Lisa Norden at London 2012.

9.7 billion has been spent on the 2016 Olympic games.

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