ITU World Triathlon Series

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ITU World Triathlon Series
ITU World Triathlon Series.svg
Sport Triathlon
Inaugural season 2009
Most recent
champion(s)
Flag of Spain.svg  Mario Mola  (ESP)
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Vicky Holland  (GBR)
Most titlesFlag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP) (5)
Sponsor(s) NTT
Official website https://wts.triathlon.org/
Sports current event.svg Current World Triathlon Series

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.

International Triathlon Union international triathlon governing body

The International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the international governing body for the multi-sport disciplines of triathlon, duathlon, aquathlon and other nonstandard variations. The ITU host the top level international race series the ITU World Triathlon Series and the ITU Triathlon World Cup. More recently, the ITU created a long distance race circuit with official world championships. Long Distance Triathlon races are closer in length to Ironman Triathlon races owned and organized by the World Triathlon Corporation.

Triathlon sport which combines swimming, cycling and distance running

A triathlon is a multisport race with three continuous and sequential endurance races. The word is of Greek origin, from τρεῖς or treis (three) and ἆθλος or athlos (competition).

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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.

The ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay World Championships, is an annual team triathlon competition organized by the International Triathlon Union (ITU). The competition is completed in teams of four, two men and two women, with each member doing a super-sprint distance triathlon.

History

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 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]

The Triathlon competitions at the 2008 Summer Olympics, in Beijing, were held on Monday, August 18 (women) and Tuesday, August 19 (men), on the Triathlon Venue at the Ming Tomb Reservoir in Shisanling.

BG Group company

BG Group plc was a British multinational oil and gas company headquartered in Reading, United Kingdom. On 8 April 2015, Royal Dutch Shell announced that it had reached an agreement to acquire BG Group for $70 billion, subject to regulatory and shareholder agreement. The sale was completed on 15 February 2016. Prior to the takeover, BG Group was listed on the London Stock Exchange and was a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index.

By its start in 2009 the series had gained a title sponsor in Dextro Energy [6] [7] [8] in a $2 million dollar 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 dollars 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]

The ITU Sprint Distance Triathlon World Championships, were a triathlon championship held over half of the Standard distance, that is 750 m swim, 20 km bicycle and 5 km run. The inaugural championships were held in 2010, and organised by the International Triathlon Union. In 2011 the championship was held as an event as part of the 2011 ITU World Championship Series. However for every year after 2011 multiple sprint events where held as part of the ITU World Triathlon Series and no delineation was made between them and so no title has been awarded at the elite level. Currently only a sprint world championship for age group competitors and is held on the same day as the grand elite final of the World Triathlon Series.

Disciplines

Currently there are three different distance disciplines:

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.

Open water swimming swimming sport

Open water swimming is a swimming discipline which takes place in outdoor bodies of water such as open oceans, lakes, and rivers.

Drafting (aerodynamics) A technique where two moving objects are caused to align in a close group reducing the overall drag

Drafting or slipstreaming is an aerodynamic technique where two vehicles or other moving objects are caused to align in a close group reducing the overall effect of drag due to exploiting the lead object's slipstream. Especially when high speeds are involved, as in motor racing and cycling, drafting can significantly reduce the paceline's average energy expenditure required to maintain a certain speed and can also slightly reduce the energy expenditure of the lead vehicle or object.

Champions

Men's championship

YearGoldSilverBronze
2009 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Alistair Brownlee  (GBR)Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)Flag of Germany.svg  Maik Petzold  (GER)
2010 Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)(2 †)Flag of Germany.svg  Steffen Justus  (GER)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Kahlefeldt  (AUS)
2011 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Alistair Brownlee  (GBR)(2)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Jonathan Brownlee  (GBR)Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)
2012 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Jonathan Brownlee  (GBR)Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)Flag of Russia.svg  Dmitry Polyanskiy  (RUS)
2013 Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)(3)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Jonathan Brownlee  (GBR)Flag of Spain.svg  Mario Mola  (ESP)
2014 Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)(4)Flag of Spain.svg  Mario Mola  (ESP)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Jonathan Brownlee  (GBR)
2015 Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)(5)Flag of Spain.svg  Mario Mola  (ESP)Flag of France.svg  Vincent Luis  (FRA)
2016 Flag of Spain.svg  Mario Mola  (ESP)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Jonathan Brownlee  (GBR)Flag of Spain.svg  Fernando Alarza  (ESP)
2017 Flag of Spain.svg  Mario Mola  (ESP)(2)Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)Flag of Norway.svg  Kristian Blummenfelt  (NOR)
2018 Flag of Spain.svg  Mario Mola  (ESP)(3)Flag of France.svg  Vincent Luis  (FRA)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Jacob Birtwhistle  (AUS)

[12] Dagger-14-plain.png The athlete won his first title as World Champion under the old world championship system.

Women's championship

YearGoldSilverBronze
2009 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Moffatt  (AUS)Flag of Sweden.svg  Lisa Nordén  (SWE)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Andrea Hewitt  (NZL)
2010 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Moffatt  (AUS)(2)Flag of Switzerland.svg  Nicola Spirig  (SUI)Flag of Sweden.svg  Lisa Nordén  (SWE)
2011 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Helen Jenkins  (GBR)(2 †)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Andrea Hewitt  (NZL)Flag of the United States.svg  Sarah Groff  (USA)
2012 Flag of Sweden.svg  Lisa Nordén  (SWE)Flag of Germany.svg  Anne Haug  (GER)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Andrea Hewitt  (NZL)
2013 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Non Stanford  (GBR)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Jodie Stimpson  (GBR)Flag of Germany.svg  Anne Haug  (GER)
2014 Flag of the United States.svg  Gwen Jorgensen  (USA)Flag of the United States.svg  Sarah Groff  (USA)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Andrea Hewitt  (NZL)
2015 Flag of the United States.svg  Gwen Jorgensen  (USA)(2)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Andrea Hewitt  (NZL)Flag of the United States.svg  Sarah True  (USA)
2016 Flag of Bermuda.svg  Flora Duffy  (BER)Flag of the United States.svg  Gwen Jorgensen  (USA)Flag of Japan.svg  Ai Ueda  (JPN)
2017 Flag of Bermuda.svg  Flora Duffy  (BER)(2)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Ashleigh Gentle  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Katie Zaferes  (USA)
2018 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Vicky Holland  (GBR)Flag of the United States.svg  Katie Zaferes  (USA)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Georgia Taylor-Brown  (GBR)

[12] Dagger-14-plain.png The athlete won the title of World Champion under the old world championship system.

Medals classification

RankCountryGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain  (ESP)75315
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain  (GBR)64212
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States  (USA)2338
4Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia  (AUS)2125
5Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda  (BER)2002
6Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden  (SWE)1113
7Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand  (NZL)0235
8Flag of Germany.svg  Germany  (GER)0224
9Flag of France.svg  France  (FRA)0112
10Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland  (SUI)0101
11Flag of Japan.svg  Japan  (JPN)0011
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway  (NOR)0011
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia  (RUS)0011
Totals (13 countrys)20202060

Hosts

World Triathlon Series locations

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

CountryCityYear
2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Gold Coast GFGF
Sydney
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria Kitzbühel
Flag of Bermuda.svg  Bermuda Bermuda
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Edmonton GFMr
Montreal
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg  China Beijing GF
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany Hamburg MrMr
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain Leeds
London GF
Nottingham MrMr
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Budapest GF
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan Tokyo Mr
Yokohama
Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico Cozumel GF
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Rotterdam GF
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand Auckland GF
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Cape Town
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea Seoul
Tongyeong
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Madrid
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden Stockholm
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland Lausanne GF
Flag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Mr
Flag of the United States.svg  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.

YearDateLocation
2009 913 September Gold Coast, Australia
2010 812 September Budapest, Hungary
2011 1011 September Beijing, China
2012 2021 October Auckland, New Zealand
2013 1415 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 [13]
2018 12–16 September Gold Coast, Australia
2019 August 30 - 1 September Lausanne, Switzerland
2020 Unknown Edmonton, Canada

ITU Triathlon World Championship

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.

Results

Men's championship

YearGoldSilverBronze
1989Flag of the United States.svg  Mark Allen  (USA)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Glenn Cook  (GBR)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Rick Wells  (NZL)
1990 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Greg Welch  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Beven  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Stephen Foster  (AUS)
1991 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Miles Stewart  (AUS)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Rick Wells  (NZL)Flag of the United States.svg  Mike Pigg  (USA)
1992 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Simon Lessing  (GBR)Flag of Germany.svg  Rainer Müller-Hörner  (GER)Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Rob Barel  (NED)
1993 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Spencer Smith  (GBR)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Simon Lessing  (GBR)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Hamish Carter  (NZL)
1994 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Spencer Smith  (GBR)(2)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Beven  (AUS)Flag of Germany.svg  Ralf Eggert  (GER)
1995 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Simon Lessing  (GBR)(2)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Beven  (AUS)Flag of Germany.svg  Ralf Eggert  (GER)
1996 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Simon Lessing  (GBR)(3)Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Luc Van Lierde  (BEL)Flag of Brazil.svg  Leandro Macedo  (BRA)
1997 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Chris McCormack  (AUS)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Hamish Carter  (NZL)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Simon Lessing  (GBR)
1998 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Simon Lessing  (GBR)(4)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Paul Amey  (NZL)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Miles Stewart  (AUS)
1999Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Dmitriy Gaag  (KAZ)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Simon Lessing  (GBR)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Miles Stewart  (AUS)
2000Flag of France.svg  Olivier Marceau  (FRA)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Peter Robertson  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Craig Walton  (AUS)
2001Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Peter Robertson  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Chris Hill  (AUS)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Craig Watson  (NZL)
2002Flag of Spain.svg  Iván Raña  (ESP)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Peter Robertson  (AUS)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Andrew Johns  (GBR)
2003 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Peter Robertson  (AUS)(2)Flag of Spain.svg  Iván Raña  (ESP)Flag of Switzerland.svg  Olivier Marceau  (SUI)
2004 Flag of New Zealand.svg  Bevan Docherty  (NZL)Flag of Spain.svg  Iván Raña  (ESP)Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Dmitriy Gaag  (KAZ)
2005 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Peter Robertson  (AUS)(3)Flag of Switzerland.svg  Reto Hug  (SUI)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Kahlefeldt  (AUS)
2006 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Tim Don  (GBR)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Hamish Carter  (NZL)Flag of France.svg  Frédéric Belaubre  (FRA)
2007 Flag of Germany.svg  Daniel Unger  (GER)Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Brad Kahlefeldt  (AUS)
2008 Flag of Spain.svg  Javier Gómez  (ESP)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Bevan Docherty  (NZL)Flag of Switzerland.svg  Reto Hug  (SUI)

Women's championship

Australian Emma Snowsill captured the title on 3 different occasions. Emma Snowsill 1.JPG
Australian Emma Snowsill captured the title on 3 different occasions.
YearGoldSilverBronze
1989Flag of New Zealand.svg  Erin Baker  (NZL)Flag of the United States.svg  Jan Ripple  (USA)Flag of the United States.svg  Laurie Samuelson  (USA)
1990 Flag of the United States.svg  Karen Smyers  (USA)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Carol Montgomery  (CAN)Flag of the United States.svg  Joy Hansen  (USA)
1991 Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Joanne Ritchie  (CAN)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Terri Smith  (CAN)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)
1992 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Joanne Ritchie  (CAN)Flag of the United States.svg  Melissa Mantak  (USA)
1993 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)(2)Flag of the United States.svg  Karen Smyers  (USA)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Joanne Ritchie  (CAN)
1994 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Carney  (AUS)Flag of Denmark.svg  Anette Pedersen  (DEN)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Sarah Harrow  (NZL)
1995 Flag of the United States.svg  Karen Smyers  (USA)(2)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Jackie Gallagher  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Joy Leutner  (USA)
1996 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Jackie Gallagher  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Carney  (AUS)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Carol Montgomery  (CAN)
1997 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Carney  (AUS)(2)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Jackie Gallagher  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)
1998 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Joanne King  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Evelyn Williamson  (NZL)
1999Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Loretta Harrop  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Jackie Gallagher  (AUS)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Carney  (AUS)
2000Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Nicole Hackett  (AUS)Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Carol Montgomery  (CAN)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)
2001Flag of the United States.svg  Siri Lindley  (USA)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Joanna Zeiger  (USA)
2002Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Leanda Cave  (GBR)Flag of the United States.svg  Barbara Lindquist  (USA)Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Michelle Dillon  (GBR)
2003 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Snowsill  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Laura Bennett  (USA)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Michellie Jones  (AUS)
2004 Flag of the United States.svg  Sheila Taormina  (USA)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Loretta Harrop  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Laura Bennett  (USA)
2005 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Snowsill  (AUS)(2)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Annabel Luxford  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Laura Bennett  (USA)
2006 Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Snowsill  (AUS)(3)Flag of Portugal.svg  Vanessa Fernandes  (POR)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Felicity Abram  (AUS)
2007 Flag of Portugal.svg  Vanessa Fernandes  (POR)Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Emma Snowsill  (AUS)Flag of the United States.svg  Laura Bennett  (USA)
2008 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Helen Tucker  (GBR)Flag of the United States.svg  Sarah Haskins  (USA)Flag of New Zealand.svg  Samantha Warriner  (NZL)

Medal table

PosNational Team Gold medal icon.svg Silver medal icon.svg Bronze medal icon.svg
1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 171513
2Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  Great Britain 943
3Flag of the United States.svg  United States 559
4Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 245
5Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 23
6Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 14
7Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 112
8Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 11
9Flag of France.svg  France 11
Flag of Kazakhstan.svg  Kazakhstan 11
11Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 12
12Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 1
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1
14Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 1
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1

Host city

YearDateLocation
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 910 November Cancún, Mexico
2003 67 December Queenstown, New Zealand
2004 9 May Madeira, Portugal
2005 1011 September Gamagōri, Japan
2006 23 September Lausanne, Switzerland
2007 30 August2 September Hamburg, Germany
2008 58 June Vancouver, Canada

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