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Triathlon at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Olympic Distance

Triathlon at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Fort Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 18, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016

Gold: GBR Alistair Brownlee
Silver: GBR Jonny Brownlee
Bronze: RSA Henri Schoeman


The men’s competition contained some quality triathletes all with a great chance of capturing the gold medal, and with Spain’s [Javier Gómez], winner of the 2013, 2014 and 2015 World Triathlon Series out of the Games following a minor bike crash the month before the start of the Olympics, it gave extra hope to the other contestants. Spain's [Mario Mola] was the in-form man going into Rio. He had won four of the seven World Series events in 2016, including the Hamburg race, the last before Rio. [Alistair Brownlee] had two World Series wins under his belt leading up to the Games and was confident of retaining his Olympic title.

However, after the opening swim in Rio, the first ever from a beach start in Olympic history, Slovakia’s [Richard Varga] held a two second lead over [Igor Polyansky] of Russia, while Polyansky’s brother [Dmitry], third in the 2012 World Triathlon Series, was lying in fourth place. The fancied Brownlee brothers were well placed in sixth and ninth, with [Jonny] slightly ahead of his older sibling.

The contest was building into a close contest after the cycle ride. With transition time added at the end of the ride, six men started the final 10km run within two seconds of each other with Varga, Jonny Brownlee, and France’s 2015 World Series bronze medalist [Vincent Luis] all at 1h 13m 51s, just one second ahead of Alistair Brownlee, [Marten Van Riel] of Belgium and South Africa’s [Henri Schoeman].

After the first lap of the 10km run, the Brownlees occupied the first two places with Luis third, but the Frenchman soon dropped back and finished seventh. The Brownlee brothers dominated the race after pulling away before the end of the first lap and in the end, Alistair beat Jonny by six seconds, while South Africa’s Henri Schoeman took the bronze medal, 42 seconds behind the winner, and seven seconds ahead of his compatriot [Richard Murray] (who nearly produced one of the greatest triathlon comebacks of all time when he came within a whisker of winning a medal despite going into the final leg nearly 90 seconds behind). For Schoeman, it was the first podium finish of his career and he had the distinction of being the first African triathlete to win an Olympic medal.

But the lasting memory of a magnificent men’s contest was the two British brothers lying side-by-side on the ground after crossing the finishing line congratulating each other as they improved on their 2012 performance of gold and bronze, which they had now upgraded to gold and silver, with Alistair becoming the first triathlete to win back-to-back Olympic golds.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal T
1 Alistair Brownlee 28 Great Britain GBR Gold 1-45:01
2 Jonny Brownlee 26 Great Britain GBR Silver 1-45:07
3 Henri Schoeman 24 South Africa RSA Bronze 1-45:43
4 Richard Murray 27 South Africa RSA 1-45:50
5 João Pereira 28 Portugal POR 1-45:52
6 Marten Van Riel 23 Belgium BEL 1-46:03
7 Vincent Luis 27 France FRA 1-46:12
8 Mario Mola 26 Spain ESP 1-46:26
9 Aaron Royle 26 Australia AUS 1-46:42
10 Ryan Bailie 26 Australia AUS 1-47:02
11 Richard Varga 27 Slovakia SVK 1-47:17
12 Crisanto Grajales 29 Mexico MEX 1-47:28
13 Kristian Blummenfeldt 22 Norway NOR 1-47:31
14 Alessandro Fabian 28 Italy ITA 1-47:35
15 Tyler Mislawchuk 21 Canada CAN 1-47:50
16 Andrea Salvisberg 27 Switzerland SUI 1-47:56
17 Ryan Sissons 28 New Zealand NZL 1-48:01
18 Fernando Alarza 25 Spain ESP 1-48:08
19 Sven Riederer 35 Switzerland SUI 1-48:15
20 Gábor Faldum 28 Hungary HUN 1-48:20
21 Tony Dodds 29 New Zealand NZL 1-48:24
22 Irving Pérez 30 Mexico MEX 1-48:26
23 Joe Maloy 30 United States USA 1-48:30
24 Ryan Fisher 25 Australia AUS 1-48:34
25 Pierre Le Corre 26 France FRA 1-48:36
26 Ron Darmon 23 Israel ISR 1-48:41
27 Vicente Hernández 25 Spain ESP 1-48:50
28 Andreas Schilling 25 Denmark DEN 1-48:56
29 Ben Kanute 23 United States USA 1-48:59
30 Leonardo Chacón 32 Costa Rica CRC 1-49:06
31 Igor Polyansky 26 Russia RUS 1-49:11
32 Dmitry Polyansky 29 Russia RUS 1-49:26
33 Tamás Tóth 27 Hungary HUN 1-50:02
34 Davide Uccellari 24 Italy ITA 1-51:06
35 João Silva 27 Portugal POR 1-51:33
36 Dorian Coninx 22 France FRA 1-51:50
37 Greg Billington 27 United States USA 1-52:04
38 Jelle Geens 23 Belgium BEL 1-52:05
39 Rostislav Pevtsov 29 Azerbaijan AZE 1-52:06
40 Bryan Keane 35 Ireland IRL 1-52:09
41 Diogo Sclebin 34 Brazil BRA 1-52:32
42 Andrew Yorke 27 Canada CAN 1-52:46
43 Manny Huerta 32 Puerto Rico PUR 1-53:22
44 Miguel Arraiolos 28 Portugal POR 1-53:35
45 Gonzalo Tellechea 31 Argentina ARG 1-53:43
46 Lawrence Fanous 30 Jordan JOR 1-55:05
47 Thomas Springer 31 Austria AUT 1-55:14
48 Luciano Taccone 27 Argentina ARG 1-55:30
49 Ivan Ivanov 27 Ukraine UKR 1-56:00
50 Bai Faquan 30 China CHN 1-58:08
AC Aleksandr Bryukhankov 29 Russia RUS DNF
AC Gordon Benson 22 Great Britain GBR DNF
AC Jason Wilson 25 Barbados BAR DNF
AC Hirokatsu Tayama 34 Japan JPN DNF/lapped
AC Rodrigo González 26 Mexico MEX DNF/lapped