ITU World Triathlon Series

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The ITU World Triathlon Series is the International Triathlon Union's annual series of triathlon events used to crown an annual world champion. There are multiple rounds of competitions culminating in a Grand Final race. Athletes compete head-to-head for points in these races that will determine the overall ITU world champion. The elite championship races are held over two distances the standard and the sprint distance.

ITU World Triathlon Series
ITU World Triathlon Series.svg
SportTriathlon
Inaugural season2009
Most recent
champion(s)
 Vincent Luis (FRA)
 Katie Zaferes (USA)
Most titles Javier Gómez (ESP) (5)
Sponsor(s)NTT
Official websitehttps://wts.triathlon.org/
Current sports event Current World Triathlon Series

As of 2018 a mixed relay series is to be run in tandem, where national teams compete in mixed team relays for prize money and Olympic qualifying points.[1] One of these races will be the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships.

HistoryEdit

With the establishment of the International Triathlon Union (ITU) in 1989 it was quickly established that the governing body should host a yearly world championship to establish the men's and women's world champion. With the creation and hosting of the first ITU Triathlon World Championship in 1989 the ITU had established itself and the sports premier event but the sport overall lacked cohesion with races of varying lengths and prize pools, which increased the difficulty for triathletes to train and plan for seasons ahead. So in 1991 the ITU created the ITU Triathlon World Cup a year long series of races all hosted by the ITU with regular distances and prize money. With a world championship and a regular season established the ITU's attention moved onto other issues including earning the sport a place at the Olympics.

Then in 2008 the day after the 2008 men's Olympic triathlon race the ITU announced starting next year it would be replacing the single race world championship with a six-race World Championship points super series culminating in a Grand Final, it was to be called the World Championship Series (WCS).[2] The ITU believed it would help grow the sport and increase the reach to the level of major sports whilst gaining a bigger TV audience.[3] Most athletes and professional coaches were happy at the announcement believing it would help the sport become more popular and increase professionalism and pay for the top level athletes. However, there were major monetary concerns one week after the announcement as the ITUs main sponsor BG had pulled out of its nine-year sponsorship deal after only two years.[4][5]

By its start in 2009 the series had gained a title sponsor in Dextro Energy[6][7][8] in a $2 million deal allowing for each World Championship event to feature a $150,000 prize purse and for the Grand final to have $250,000, this also meant that $700,000 was available at the end of the series. This influx of cash meant that athletes would be to earn almost triple what they had previously helping to draw more into the sport. In 2011 the sprint distance world championship was incorporated into the series giving the same points and prize money as any other event, from this point on sprint distance events would make up a part of the series.[9] In 2012 Dextro Energy ended their title sponsorship in tandem with the series rebranding itself as the World Triathlon Series.[10] Then in 2013 the prize pool saw an increase to $2.25 million certifying the world triathlon series as the richest series in triathlon.[10] In 2018 with the growing popularity of the ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships and the disciplines' addition to the Olympic program [11] it was decided that at three of the events on the 2018 calendar a mixed relay event would be held alongside the men's and women's competition; these three events would grant points towards Olympic qualification and constitute the new ITU mixed relay series.[1]

DisciplinesEdit

Currently there are three different distance disciplines:

  • Standard- A 1500m swim followed by a 40 km cycle followed by a 10 km run.
  • Sprint- A 750m swim followed by a 20 km cycle followed by a 5 km run.
  • Mixed Team Relay- A 4 x ( 300m swim followed by a 7.5 km cycle followed by a 1.5 km run) where each athlete completes the swim bike run before tagging the next athlete, with the order of the athletes always being female, male, female, male.

In all instances the swim will be a mass start in open-water and the cycling will be draft-legal. There is an allowed leniency of 10% on each segment of courses route for the standard and sprint distances, with more discretion being allowed for the mixed relay. The standard distance was also known as the Olympic distance as it was the only distance competed for in the Olympics, however the ITU has tried to enforce the use of the name standard distance saving the name Olympic on for official Olympic events.

ChampionsEdit

Men's championshipEdit

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2009   Alistair Brownlee (GBR)   Javier Gómez (ESP)   Maik Petzold (GER)
2010   Javier Gómez (ESP) (2 †)   Steffen Justus (GER)   Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
2011   Alistair Brownlee (GBR) (2)   Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)   Javier Gómez (ESP)
2012   Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)   Javier Gómez (ESP)   Dmitry Polyanskiy (RUS)
2013   Javier Gómez (ESP) (3)   Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)   Mario Mola (ESP)
2014   Javier Gómez (ESP) (4)   Mario Mola (ESP)   Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)
2015   Javier Gómez (ESP) (5)   Mario Mola (ESP)   Vincent Luis (FRA)
2016   Mario Mola (ESP)   Jonathan Brownlee (GBR)   Fernando Alarza (ESP)
2017   Mario Mola (ESP) (2)   Javier Gómez (ESP)   Kristian Blummenfelt (NOR)
2018   Mario Mola (ESP) (3)   Vincent Luis (FRA)   Jacob Birtwhistle (AUS)
2019   Vincent Luis (FRA)   Mario Mola (ESP)   Javier Gómez (ESP)

[12]  The athlete won his first title as World Champion under the old world championship system.

Women's championshipEdit

Year Gold Silver Bronze
2009   Emma Moffatt (AUS)   Lisa Nordén (SWE)   Andrea Hewitt (NZL)
2010   Emma Moffatt (AUS) (2)   Nicola Spirig (SUI)   Lisa Nordén (SWE)
2011   Helen Jenkins (GBR) (2 †)   Andrea Hewitt (NZL)   Sarah Groff (USA)
2012   Lisa Nordén (SWE)   Anne Haug (GER)   Andrea Hewitt (NZL)
2013   Non Stanford (GBR)   Jodie Stimpson (GBR)   Anne Haug (GER)
2014   Gwen Jorgensen (USA)   Sarah Groff (USA)   Andrea Hewitt (NZL)
2015   Gwen Jorgensen (USA) (2)   Andrea Hewitt (NZL)   Sarah True (USA)
2016   Flora Duffy (BER)   Gwen Jorgensen (USA)   Ai Ueda (JPN)
2017   Flora Duffy (BER) (2)   Ashleigh Gentle (AUS)   Katie Zaferes (USA)
2018   Vicky Holland (GBR)   Katie Zaferes (USA)   Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR)
2019   Katie Zaferes (USA)   Jessica Learmonth (GBR)   Georgia Taylor-Brown (GBR)

[12]  The athlete won the title of World Champion under the old world championship system.

Medals classificationEdit

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Spain (ESP)76417
2  Great Britain (GBR)65314
3  United States (USA)3339
4  Australia (AUS)2125
5  Bermuda (BER)2002
6  France (FRA)1113
  Sweden (SWE)1113
8  New Zealand (NZL)0235
9  Germany (GER)0224
10   Switzerland (SUI)0101
11  Japan (JPN)0011
  Norway (NOR)0011
  Russia (RUS)0011
Totals (13 nations)22222266

HostsEdit

World Triathlon Series locations

The world triathlon series has visited 27 cities in 19 countries since its founding in 2009.

Country City Year
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
  Australia Gold Coast GF GF
Sydney
  Austria Kitzbühel
  Bermuda Bermuda
  Canada Edmonton GF Mr Mr
Montreal
  China Beijing GF
  Germany Hamburg Mr Mr
  Great Britain Leeds
London GF
Nottingham Mr Mr
  Hungary Budapest GF
  Japan Tokyo Mr
Yokohama
  Mexico Cozumel GF
  Netherlands Rotterdam GF
  New Zealand Auckland GF
  South Africa Cape Town
  South Korea Seoul
Tongyeong
  Spain Madrid
  Sweden Stockholm
   Switzerland Lausanne GF
  United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Mr
  United States Chicago GF
San Diego
Washington, D.C.

Where GF = Grand Final, Mr = Mixed Relay event

World Triathlon Series Grand Final locations

The final race of each season is known as the grand final and has extra points, prize money and prestige associated with it, when a city bids to host the grand final it also bids to host many ITU events such as the amateur Age-group world championships and the Paratriathlon world championship. The age-group world championships have featured in two popular autobiographical books. One by BBC newsreader Louise Minchin called Dare to Tri: My story from BBC Breakfast Sofa to Team GB triathlete,[13] and one by author and journalist Helen Croydon called This Girl Ran: Tales of a Party Girl turned Triathlete.[14] Coincidentally both wrote separate stories of taking to triathlon in later life and both culminated at age-group world championships in Chicago in 2015.

Year Date Location
2009 9–13 September Gold Coast, Australia
2010 8–12 September Budapest, Hungary
2011 10–11 September Beijing, China
2012 20–21 October Auckland, New Zealand
2013 14–15 September London, Great Britain
2014 1 September Edmonton, Canada
2015 17 September Chicago, United States
2016 11-18 September Cozumel, Mexico
2017 14-17 September Rotterdam, Netherlands[15]
2018 12–16 September Gold Coast, Australia
2019 August 30–1 September Lausanne, Switzerland
2020 Unknown Edmonton, Canada

ITU Triathlon World ChampionshipEdit

ITU Triathlon World Championship
Founded1989
Ceased2008
Replaced byITU World Triathlon Series

The world champion was formerly crowned in the ITU Triathlon World Championship, a single championship race that was held annually from 1989, the same year as the formation of the International Triathlon Union (ITU), to 2008.

ResultsEdit

Men's championshipEdit

Year Gold Silver Bronze
1989   Mark Allen (USA)   Glenn Cook (GBR)   Rick Wells (NZL)
1990   Greg Welch (AUS)   Brad Beven (AUS)   Stephen Foster (AUS)
1991   Miles Stewart (AUS)   Rick Wells (NZL)   Mike Pigg (USA)
1992   Simon Lessing (GBR)   Rainer Müller-Hörner (GER)   Rob Barel (NED)
1993   Spencer Smith (GBR)   Simon Lessing (GBR)   Hamish Carter (NZL)
1994   Spencer Smith (GBR) (2)   Brad Beven (AUS)   Ralf Eggert (GER)
1995   Simon Lessing (GBR) (2)   Brad Beven (AUS)   Ralf Eggert (GER)
1996   Simon Lessing (GBR) (3)   Luc Van Lierde (BEL)   Leandro Macedo (BRA)
1997   Chris McCormack (AUS)   Hamish Carter (NZL)   Simon Lessing (GBR)
1998   Simon Lessing (GBR) (4)   Paul Amey (NZL)   Miles Stewart (AUS)
1999   Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ)   Simon Lessing (GBR)   Miles Stewart (AUS)
2000   Olivier Marceau (FRA)   Peter Robertson (AUS)   Craig Walton (AUS)
2001   Peter Robertson (AUS)   Chris Hill (AUS)   Craig Watson (NZL)
2002   Iván Raña (ESP)   Peter Robertson (AUS)   Andrew Johns (GBR)
2003   Peter Robertson (AUS) (2)   Iván Raña (ESP)   Olivier Marceau (SUI)
2004   Bevan Docherty (NZL)   Iván Raña (ESP)   Dmitriy Gaag (KAZ)
2005   Peter Robertson (AUS) (3)   Reto Hug (SUI)   Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
2006   Tim Don (GBR)   Hamish Carter (NZL)   Frédéric Belaubre (FRA)
2007   Daniel Unger (GER)   Javier Gómez (ESP)   Brad Kahlefeldt (AUS)
2008   Javier Gómez (ESP)   Bevan Docherty (NZL)   Reto Hug (SUI)

Women's championshipEdit

 
Australian Emma Snowsill captured the title on 3 different occasions.
Year Gold Silver Bronze
1989   Erin Baker (NZL)   Jan Ripple (USA)   Laurie Samuelson (USA)
1990   Karen Smyers (USA)   Carol Montgomery (CAN)   Joy Hansen (USA)
1991   Joanne Ritchie (CAN)   Terri Smith (CAN)   Michellie Jones (AUS)
1992   Michellie Jones (AUS)   Joanne Ritchie (CAN)   Melissa Mantak (USA)
1993   Michellie Jones (AUS) (2)   Karen Smyers (USA)   Joanne Ritchie (CAN)
1994   Emma Carney (AUS)   Anette Pedersen (DEN)   Sarah Harrow (NZL)
1995   Karen Smyers (USA) (2)   Jackie Gallagher (AUS)   Joy Leutner (USA)
1996   Jackie Gallagher (AUS)   Emma Carney (AUS)   Carol Montgomery (CAN)
1997   Emma Carney (AUS) (2)   Jackie Gallagher (AUS)   Michellie Jones (AUS)
1998   Joanne King (AUS)   Michellie Jones (AUS)   Evelyn Williamson (NZL)
1999   Loretta Harrop (AUS)   Jackie Gallagher (AUS)   Emma Carney (AUS)
2000   Nicole Hackett (AUS)   Carol Montgomery (CAN)   Michellie Jones (AUS)
2001   Siri Lindley (USA)   Michellie Jones (AUS)   Joanna Zeiger (USA)
2002   Leanda Cave (GBR)   Barbara Lindquist (USA)   Michelle Dillon (GBR)
2003   Emma Snowsill (AUS)   Laura Bennett (USA)   Michellie Jones (AUS)
2004   Sheila Taormina (USA)   Loretta Harrop (AUS)   Laura Bennett (USA)
2005   Emma Snowsill (AUS) (2)   Annabel Luxford (AUS)   Laura Bennett (USA)
2006   Emma Snowsill (AUS) (3)   Vanessa Fernandes (POR)   Felicity Abram (AUS)
2007   Vanessa Fernandes (POR)   Emma Snowsill (AUS)   Laura Bennett (USA)
2008   Helen Tucker (GBR)   Sarah Haskins (USA)   Samantha Warriner (NZL)

Medal tableEdit

Pos National Team      
1   Australia 17 15 13
2   Great Britain 9 4 3
3   United States 5 5 9
4   New Zealand 2 4 5
5   Spain 2 3
6   Canada 1 4
7   Germany 1 1 2
8   Portugal 1 1
9   France 1 1
  Kazakhstan 1 1
11    Switzerland 1 2
12   Belgium 1
  Denmark 1
14   Brazil 1
  Netherlands 1

Host cityEdit

Year Date Location
1989 6 August Avignon, France
1990 15 September Orlando, United States
1991 13 October Queensland, Australia
1992 12 September Muskoka, Canada
1993 22 August Manchester, United Kingdom
1994 27 November Wellington, New Zealand
1995 12 November Cancún, Mexico
1996 24 August Cleveland, United States
1997 16 November Perth, Australia
1998 30 August Lausanne, Switzerland
1999 12 September Montreal, Canada
2000 30 April Perth, Australia
2001 22 July Edmonton, Canada
2002 9–10 November Cancún, Mexico
2003 6–7 December Queenstown, New Zealand
2004 9 May Madeira, Portugal
2005 10–11 September Gamagōri, Japan
2006 2–3 September Lausanne, Switzerland
2007 30 August–2 September Hamburg, Germany
2008 5–8 June Vancouver, Canada

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  13. ^ Louise Minchin; Audible Studios for Bloomsbury, Dare to Tri: My Journey from the BBC Breakfast Sofa to Team GB Triathlete, Audible Studios for Bloomsbury, retrieved 2019-09-28
  14. ^ "Amazon page for This Girl Ran".
  15. ^ "2016 & 2017 WTS Grand Final hosts revealed".