Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Fort Copacabana, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 18, 2016
Date Finished: August 18, 2016
The menâs competition contained some quality triathletes all with a great chance of capturing the gold medal, and with Spainâs [Javier GÃ³mez], 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, Slovakiaâs [Richard Varga] held a two second lead over [Igor Polyansky] of Russia, while Polyanskyâs 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 Franceâs 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 Africaâs [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 Africaâs 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 menâs 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.
|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|
|6||Marten Van Riel||23||Belgium||BEL||1-46:03|
|17||Ryan Sissons||28||New Zealand||NZL||1-48:01|
|21||Tony Dodds||29||New Zealand||NZL||1-48:24|
|23||Joe Maloy||30||United States||USA||1-48:30|
|25||Pierre Le Corre||26||France||FRA||1-48:36|
|29||Ben Kanute||23||United States||USA||1-48:59|
|30||Leonardo ChacÃ³n||32||Costa Rica||CRC||1-49:06|
|37||Greg Billington||27||United States||USA||1-52:04|
|43||Manny Huerta||32||Puerto Rico||PUR||1-53:22|
|AC||Gordon Benson||22||Great Britain||GBR||DNF|