ITU Triathlon World Cup

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The ITU Triathlon World Cup is an annual series of triathlon races staged around the world. The series is organised by the International Triathlon Union (ITU), the world governing body of the sport. Inaugurated in 1991 in an attempt to create a regular season under its management in tandem with the ITU Triathlon World Championship, however this meant that there was a World cup champion as well as a world champion. Following the 2008 series the ITU reorganized its top level competitions and created the ITU World Triathlon Series, a series of races that was to be the successor of the World championship. Meanwhile, the World Cup was relegated to become a second tier series, as a result the number of races in the World Cup were reduced. [1] Since the reformat, points earned in World Cup racing are now applied only to an athletes World Ranking. [2]

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Points

At its founding the first twenty athletes each race would earn points dependent on their placing and the athletes with the most pints at the end of the season would be named the World cup champion.

Former Scale (1991-2008)
Place1st2nd3rd4567891011121314151617181920
Points50443935312724211815131197654321

With the reorganization in 2009 and the discontinuation of the world cup champion title it was decided that world cup points should contribute to an athletes world series. This was managed by allowing athletes best two world cup placements could be considered as part of their world series ranking. However, due ranking being based on an athletes four highest scoring appearances that year along with the fact that world series races were worth 2.5 times as much as a world cup meant that no contribution was made to any athlete in the top 10.

(2009-2014)
Place1st2nd3rd456789101112131415161718192021222324252627282930
Points300278257237220203188174161149138127118109101938680746863585450464340373431

After 2014 world cup points totals were increased awarding first place 500 points and each subsequent athlete 7.5% less points that the athlete before for the first 50 athletes as long as they made the time cut (5% to the winner's time in the men's event and 8% in the women's event). [3] However the points would no longer contribute to an athletes world series score and only to an athletes world ranking.

Sponsors

BG Group were title sponsors of the series from 2006 to 2008. [4]

Winners

The World Cup champions are based on the final accumulated point totals as earned in each year's series of World Cup races, with double points awarded for results achieved in the ITU Triathlon World Championship race. The declared champions from 1991 to 2008 are:

YearMen's championWomen's champion
1991 Flag of Brazil.svg  Leandro Macedo  (BRA)Flag of the United States.svg  Karen Smyers  (USA)
1992 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Andrew MacMartin  (CAN)
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Beven  (AUS)
Flag of the United States.svg  Melissa Mantak  (USA)
1993 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Beven  (AUS)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Jo-Anne Ritchie  (CAN)
1994 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Beven  (AUS)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Jenny Rose  (NZL)
1995Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Beven  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Carney  (AUS)
1996Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Miles Stewart  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Carney  (AUS)
1997Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Chris McCormack  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Carney  (AUS)
1998Flag of New Zealand.svg  Hamish Carter  (NZL)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)
1999Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Andrew Johns  (GBR)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Loretta Harrop  (AUS)
2000Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Dmitriy Gaag  (KAZ)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)
2001Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Chris Hill  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Siri Lindley  (USA)
2002Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Greg Bennett  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Siri Lindley  (USA)
2003Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Greg Bennett  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Barbara Lindquist  (USA)
2004Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Dmitriy Gaag  (KAZ)Flag of Germany.svg  Anja Dittmer  (GER)
2005Flag of the United States.svg  Hunter Kemper  (USA)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Annabel Luxford  (AUS)
2006Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)Flag of Portugal.svg  Vanessa Fernandes  (POR)
2007 Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)Flag of Portugal.svg  Vanessa Fernandes  (POR)
2008 Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Samantha Warriner  (NZL)

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