Triathlon at the 2016 Summer Olympics

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at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
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Venue Fort Copacabana
Dates 18–20 August 2016
Competitors 110 from 41 nations
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Triathlon at the
2016 Summer Olympics

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List of triathletes
men  women

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.


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 spaned 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). All event times are subject to change.

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


Participating nations[edit]


Medal summary[edit]

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

Medal table[edit]

Rank Nation Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Great Britain 1 1 1 3
2 United States 1 0 0 1
3 Switzerland 0 1 0 1
4 South Africa 0 0 1 1
Total 2 2 2 6

See also