Triathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics

The triathlon competitions at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro took place from 18 to 20 August 2016 at Fort Copacabana. Fifty-five athletes competed in each of the men's and women's events.[1]

at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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VenueFort Copacabana
Dates18–20 August
No. of events2
Competitors110 from 41 nations
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View on Copacabana
Course Map

The Olympic triathlon contained three components; a 1.5 km (0.93 mi) swim, 40 km (25 mi) cycle, and a 10 km (6.2 mi) run.[2] The competitions took the form of a single event between all competitors with no heats.


The qualification period was from 20 May 2014 to 15 May 2016. A total of 110 athletes (55 for each gender) vied for the coveted spots with a maximum of three sent to compete for the first eight National Olympic Committees (NOCs), while the other NOCs might have a maximum of two per event. To qualify for the Games, all athletes must earn a quota place through the Continental Qualification Events, achieve a top three finish through the World Qualification Event and be among the top 140 in the Olympic Qualification List, World Triathlon Series Ranking, and Points List.[3][4]

Thirty-nine athletes for each gender qualified through the ranking, next to the 5 continental champions and the top 3 in the International Qualifying Event, held in Rio de Janeiro on 1–2 August 2015. Host nation Brazil had reserved one quota per gender, while two more were allocated according to the Tripartite Commission Invitation. In the end, further five places were distributed to the NOCs without any quota through the ITU Points List.[3]


All times are Time in Brazil (UTC-3).

Event Date Start time
Men's triathlon 18 August 11:00
Women's triathlon 20 August 11:00


Participating nationsEdit

Medal summaryEdit

Medal tableEdit

1  Great Britain1113
2  United States1001
3  Switzerland0101
4  South Africa0011
Totals (4 nations)2226


Event Gold Silver Bronze
Men's individual
Alistair Brownlee
  Great Britain
1:45:01 Jonathan Brownlee
  Great Britain
1:45:07 Henri Schoeman
  South Africa
Women's individual
Gwen Jorgensen
  United States
1:56:16 Nicola Spirig Hug
1:56:56 Vicky Holland
  Great Britain

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Olympic Games: Triathlon". Rio 2016. Archived from the original on 6 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  2. ^ "London 2012 Olympics: triathlon guide". The Daily Telegraph. 11 February 2011. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Rio 2016 – ITU Triathlon Qualification System" (PDF). ITU. Retrieved 15 June 2015.
  4. ^ Greene, Erin. "ITU announces 2016 Olympic Games qualification system". ITU. Retrieved 15 June 2015.

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