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History of Triathlon

  • 1974, 25th September: First triathlon (Mission Bay, San Diego, California, USA).
  • 1978, 18th February: First "Ironman" triathlon (Oahu, USA).
  • 1983: First triathlon in the UK (Kirtons Farm, Reading, Berkshire)
  • 1989, May: The International Triathlon Federation (ITU) founded (Avignon, France).
  • 1989, August: First Triathlon World Championships (Avignon, France). The event was won by Mark Allen (USA) with Britain's Glenn Cook 2nd (now a BTF coach).
  • 1992, September: Simon Lessing became the first Briton to win a world title (Huntsville, Canada) - he also won the title in 1995 (CancĂșn), 1996 (Cleveland) and 1998 (Lausanne).
  • 1993, August: Britain's Spencer Smith won the world title in Manchester. He and Simon Lessing dominated the sport in the 90s, with Smith also winning in 1994 in Wellington.
  • 2000, 16th September: Triathlon makes its debut as an Olympic sport.
  • 2002, August: Triathlon featured in the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester. The event was held on Salford Quays and was one of the biggest spectator events of the Games. Olympic Champion, Simon Whitfield won the men's race and Carol Montgomery won the women's event to make it a clean sweep of gold for Canada.
  • 2002, November: Leanda Cave became the first British woman to win a world title (CancĂșn, Mexico).
  • 2006, 3rd September: Tim Don finished 17 seconds in front of Hamish Carter (NZL) to win the world title (Lausanne).
  • 2008, 5th June: Helen Tucker (now Jenkins) won the world title (Vancouver).
  • 2009: ITU changes the format of the World Championships from a single event to a Series. Britain's 21 year old Alistair Brownlee became the first men's champion after winning five out of five races he competed in.
  • 2010, May: British Triathlon won Sport Governing Body of the Year at the prestigious Sports Industry Awards Dinner on Thursday 13 May.
  • 2010, 11th December: Paratriathlon was voted into the Paralympic Games by the International Paralympic Committee and will make it's debut in Rio in 2016.
  • 2011, August: Great Britain team wins ITU Triathlon Mixed Relay world title in Lausanne (Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Helen Jenkins, Jodie Stimpson).
  • 2011, September: Alistair Brownlee and Helen Jenkins crowned ITU World Champions in Beijing.
  • 2012, May: Triathlon Mixed Relay added to the 2014 Commonwealth Games and British Triathlon won Sport Governing Body of the Year at the Sports Industry Awards for the second time.
  • 2012, August 4 and 7: London's Hyde Park hosted the London 2012 Olympic Games. Alistair Brownlee won gold and Jonathan Brownlee won bronze, the first triathlon medals for Team GB. In women's race Helen Jenkins was 5th, the highest ever finish by a British woman in an Olympic Games triathlon.
  • 2012, October: Jonathan Brownlee won the ITU world title in Auckland.
  • 2013, September: Non Stanford won the ITU World Championship title in London's Hyde Park as the city hosted the ITU Grand Final. Jodie Stimpson was second. Jonathan Brownlee was second in the men's event.
  • 2014, July: Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games and Team England athletes Alistair Brownlee and Jodie Stimpson both won gold as well as winning the Mixed Relay along with Jonathan Brownlee and Vicky Holland.
  • 2016, June: The World Triathlon Series comes to Leeds for the first time with Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee first and second in the men's race and Vicky Holland third in the women's.
  • 2016, August: Alistiar and Jonathan Brownlee finished first and second at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, making Alistair the first person to defend an Olympic triathlon title. Vicky Holland became Britain's first ever female Olympic medal winner with bronze in the women's event.
  • 2016, September: Paratriathlon made its debut at the Paralympic Games and Andy Lewis (PT2) became Britain's first ever gold medal winner.
  • 2017, June: Mixed relay added as an Olympic discipline for Tokyo 2020.
  • 2018, April: Paratriathlon (PTWC) makes it's Commonwealth Games debut on the Gold Coast. Jade Jones-Hall and Joe Townsend win both gold medals for England. Marc Austin won bronze for Scotland in the men's individual race, Jessica Learmonth won silver for England  in the women's individual race and Team England won silver in the mixed team relay.
  • 2018, September: Vicky Holland becomes world champion at the ITU Grand Final on the Gold Coast.
  • 2019, August: Jessica Learmonth and Georgia Taylor-Brown finish second and third on the World Triathlon Series.
  • 2019, September: Claire Cashmore (PTS5), Hannah Moore (PTS4) and Fran Brown (PTS2) win gold at the Paratriathlon World Championships in Lausanne.
  • 2020, September: Georgia Taylor-Brown is crowned world champion in Hamburg, Germany and the British mixed relay team (Taylor-Brown, Barclay Izzard, Jess Learmonth, Alex Yee) won bronze at the Mixed Relay World Championships in the German city.
  • 2021 saw Britain host a World Triathlon Para Series for the first time in Leeds, with Lauren Steadman and Dave Ellis (guided by Luke Pollard) winning gold, Claire Cashmore and Michael Taylor claiming silverand Alison Peasgood bronze(guided by Nikki Bartlett).

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