Schedule & Results: Catch Up
Tough sports where Aussie men are chasing women’s legacy
Women to watch: Olympic bronze medallists, Erin Densham (2012) and Emma Moffatt (2008) will both return to the Olympic stage, entering the history books as the first three-time Olympic triathletes. The girls will both be push for another podium finish.
After a number of stellar performances over the past season, Ashleigh Gentle will round out the women's team and make her Olympic debut at Rio.
The women will racing against a strong USA team led by Gwen Jorgensen, the sport’s greatest female athlete who recorded 11 (July 15) straight World Triathlon Series wins in 2015.
Men to watch: A country boy from Bunbury, Western Australia, Ryan Bailie will make his Olympic debut at Rio after securing automatic nomination at the World Triathlon Series event on the Gold Coast having finished in fourth place.
Bailie's training partner, Aaron Royle, nick-named “Bugs”, will also make his Olympic debut after he secured Australia’s first Triathlon quota spot having finished 6th at the 2015 Rio Test Event.
Rounding out the men will be Ryan Fisher who's debut comes after an explosive start to the 2016 season.
International favourites for the men’s event will be reigning Olympic champion, Alistair Brownlee as well as silver medallist Javier Gomez Noya and his Spanish team mate Mario Mola. Jonathon Brownlee is also expected to be one to beat.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
The qualification period commenced on 20 May 2014 and will conclude on 15 May 2016. A total of 110 spots (55 for each gender) will be up for grabs, with the first eight NOCs allowed to send a maximum of three athletes, and remaining NOCs allocated a maximum of two athletes per event.
To qualify for the Rio Olympic Games, athletes can:
- earn quota places through winning Continental Qualification events (5 places)
- finish in the top three finish through the World Qualification Event in Rio (3 places)
- be among the top 39 athletes in the Olympic Qualification List not already qualified (39 places)
- or be one of the top ranked athletes on the ITU points List from an NOC not already qualified by any other process (5 places)
The International Qualifying Event, held in Rio de Janeiro on 1-2 August 2015, and another key event will be the Grand Final of the World Triathlon series in Chicago in mid-September.
As the host nation, Brazil will be reserved one quota place per gender, with an additional two places to be allocated according to above qualifications. Finally, five additional places are distributed to NOCs without any quota through the ITU Points list.
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Nomination to the AOC
The first eligible athlete (male and female) that finishes in the top 3 in the Rio Olympic Test Event will be automatically nominated to the AOC for selection, and be required to follow an agreed training and competition plan.
Should no Australian athlete satisfy this requirement, the first eligible athlete (male and female) that finishes between 4th and 10th in the Rio Olympic Test Event will be nominated to the AOC, subject to continuing to compete in international competitions to qualify quota places for Australia, and following an agreed training and competition plan.
Subject to quota places, the first eligible athlete (male and female) that finishes in the top 10 at a specified World Series Triathlon Event (as identified by Triathlon Australia) will be nominated to the AOC, subject to continuing to compete in international competitions to qualify quota places for Australia, and following an agreed training and competition plan.
Where there are remaining quota places Australia has been allocated, the Triathlon Australia Elite Selection Committee will determine the athlete(s) to be nominated to the AOC in accordance with a series of performance requirements.
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Selection to the AOC
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Competition Format & Events
The women’s triathlon will take place on Thursday 18 August and the men’s competition on Saturday 20 August. The same course is used for both the men and women’s races.
Competition starts with a 1,500m swim, followed by a 40km bike ride and a 10km run. There are no heats, the competition is a single race with the first athletes crossing the finishing line winning gold.
The men are expected to complete the course in around one hour and 50 minutes with the women around 10 minutes slower.
Australia and Olympic Triathlon
Perhaps one of the most success sports for Australian women, achieving a medal at every Games since the introduction of triathlon onto the Olympic program in 2000.
Michellie Jones and Loretta Harrop won silver medals in 2000 and 2004 before Australia’s two Emmas - Snowsill and Moffatt, dodged the silver mantle to take gold and bronze respectively at the Beijing Olympic Games. At the 2012 London Games, Erin Densham finished a mere two seconds behind a photo finish for gold, to collect bronze.
Our best men’s performance in the Olympic triathlon, was Greg Bennett who narrowly missed the podium at the 2004 Athens Olympics finishing in 4th place. On home soil, Miles Stewart recorded a 6th place finish at the first every Olympic triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Australia's Olympic athletics medal tally is: 5 (1 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
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Did you know
- Triathletes can be issued with time penalties for malpractice on the course. For example, if an athlete starts running while they are still wearing their cycling helmet, they will be issued with a penalty. Athletes cannot receive assistance from any coaches or other people inside or outside the competition during the race, except volunteers who hand out water at support stations distributed along the route.
- Triathlon is strictly an individual event at the Olympic Games
- Because of the variability of courses, official Olympic records are not kept for triathlon at the Games. However Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain has recorded the fastest men’s Olympic triathlon at the 2012 London Olympics, finishing in a time of 1:46:25.00, while Australia’s Emma Snowsill’s victory at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games is the fastest women’s recorded time of 1:58:27.66
- It is unlikely that athletes will be required to compete in wetsuits at the Rio Olympic Games. According to ITU Competition Rules, any water temperature under 20 degrees Celsius is a designated wetsuit swim, with hotter temperatures ruling out the wearing of wetsuits.
- In some triathlon races, drafting is not allowed, however it will be legal at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Drafting is a Cycling technique whereby competitors ride close behind each other to take advantage of the slipstream.
Pre-Rio AUS Tally
2 (Days 13 & 15)
- Medal Events
2 (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
- Total Athletes
110 (55 men & 55 women)
- AUS Athletes
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Changing of the guard for triathlon women. 21 August 2016
Veterans Emma Moffatt and Erin Densham put in a strong showing finishing 6th and 12th respectively in the women's triathlon. They passed the baton to young gun Ashleigh Gentle, who placed 26th in her olympic debut race.
Triathlon boys gallant effort in tough conditions. 20 August 2016
The men's triathlon trio of Aaron Royle, Ryan Bailie and Ryan Fisher put in a strong showing at Copacabana. Finishing 9th, 10th and 24th respectively.
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