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5 Best male triathletes of all times

Last Updated: 07.05.19


If you’re thinking about becoming a professional athlete we recommend you to start with something slightly easier, such as a single sport. Competing in triathlons is not only physically challenging but requires a strong mind and a very healthy body.

A triathlon is mainly defined as a multistage competition involving three different sports performed continuously. There are many variations of this competition depending on the chosen sports, but most often these include swimming, cycling, and running. It is important to know that athletes are monitored throughout the competition and are kept the time until the end. The athlete who manages to finish all three stages in the shortest period of time is declared the winner.

The triathlon is an endurance sport and was first included included in the Olympic Games back in 2000. Although the distances for each stage of the competition differ from one contest to another, the Olympic Games set the following distances for each athlete: 1.5 km swimming, 40 km cycling, and 10 km running. Thus, it comes as no surprise that only the best manage to compete and finish these triathlons.

Here is a list of the best male triathletes of all times, as well as some of their most astonishing performances.

Simon Whitfield

Simon is considered one of the most popular athletes to ever participate and finish modern triathlons. He is famous for always pursuing perfection and countless training hours in order to become the best athlete in the world. With a Canadian citizenship, Whitfield managed to win no fewer than 11 ITU World Cups and 9 Pan-American Cups. He participated in no less than 4 Olympic Games competitions and was the first triathlon male participant to win a Commonwealth Games championship.

He is the winner of an Olympic Games gold medal in Sydney in 2000, as well as an Olympic Games silver medal in Beijing 8 years later.


Craig Alexander

Born in Australia in 1973, Craig knew both success and defeat throughout his career as a professional triathlete. Twenty years later, in 1993 he raced in his first triathlon in Sydney and started his career as a prolific and worldwide sensation athlete. As a professional triathlete, he managed to win 20 races in his first four years while he was splitting his time between the Olympic Distance challenges and the Half Iron ones (1.9 km swim, 90 km bike, and 21.1 km run).

Throughout his career, Craig Alexander managed to win three individual gold medals at the Ironman World Championships and one silver, as well as two gold medals at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship and one silver. He won his first Ironman world title in 2006.

Javier Gomez

Born Francisco Javier Gomez Noya in 1983, he is one of the most reputed Spanish triathletes in the history. His career is as impressive as his number of titles and medals won. Javier Gomez managed to score no less than five ITU World Championship titles, four European Championships, two Ironman 70.3 World wins, as well as an Olympic silver medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

His last gold medal was in 2017 when he managed to win the Ironman 70.3 games for individuals.

He was excluded from the 2004 Olympic Games but participated in the following 2008 games in Beijing as favorite. Unfortunately, he only managed to score the fourth place that year, with the promise that he will strive for success even more in the upcoming 2012 Olympic Games. He managed to validate his promise as he finally scored a well-deserved medal in London in 2012.


Alistair Brownlee

Born in 1988 in West Yorkshire, England, Alistair is one of the most prolific triathletes of the new generation. He started pursuing medical classes at the Girton College in Cambridge while still following his first passion, athleticism. Soon after he decided to quit his medical classes to pick up a new major at the University of Leeds, where he managed to get his degree in Sports Science and Physiology back in 2010.

He was introduced to the triathlon at an early age by his uncle and his passion for outdoor activities was everything he needed to start training to become a famous triathlete. In an interview he gave back in 2013, Alistair described his decision to quit Medical school because his triathlon training took him more than 30 hours a week.

He won his first important medal at the age of 17, back in the 2006 ITU Junior World Championships. After that he only started to train even harder, becoming a brave and bold athlete with nothing to fear.

A few years later, he became the first man ever to have managed to successfully defend his Olympic title, which also made him the greatest short-distance triathlete of all times. Some of his impressive career highlights include two gold medals at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games held in London and Rio de Janeiro, as well as 4 gold medals at the ITU Triathlon World Championships, 3 Gold medals, and one silver medal at the European Triathlon Championships as well as various gold, silver, and bronze medals won as a junior.


Jan Frodeno

The thinly built German managed to become one of the most prolific triathlon athletes of all times against all odds. Born in Cologne, Germany, in 1981, this 1.94m athlete has a short yet successful career as a professional athlete.

He started practicing swimming in South Africa at the age of 15 and he first showed interest in triathlons in 2000. He qualified for the national team of Germany back in 2002 and this is when he started taking triathlon extremely seriously and turn it into a lifetime professional career. Although his list of victories is short, he is without a doubt, a capable triathlon athlete who still has plenty to show at the following competitions.

He started training for the Olympic Games back in 2000 and he surprisingly managed to score the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics where he defeated the favorite winner, Javier Gomez. He returned to the 2012 Olympics to compete in the men’s triathlon but he only managed to occupy the sixth place.




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