Thursday, January 24, 2013

World's Top Triathlon Competitors in 2012

The world’s top triathlon competitors are expected to push the sport to new levels in 2013 after their 2012 performance. These leaders were recognized by the Olympics and other organizations in the world. Review what these top athletes did in 2012 to impress the triathlon community.

1. Chris McCormack Also Known As “Macca” (Australia)

Chris McCormack is one of the most impressive triathletes. He is from Australia and has won the Ironman World Championship twice, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) World Cup Series in 1997 and the Triathlon World Championships in 1997. He was the first male triathlete to win both titles in a single year and was ranked number one by ITU World for 26 months. For three years and 33 triathlon races, he held one of the top ranking positions. McCormack became the first man in history to ever win the ITU World Championships and the ITU World Cup series in a single season. He was also ranked number one in the World during that same season. McCormack is impressive because he was one of the first triathletes to win the U.S. Triple Crown, the USA Professional Championship Title, and the USA Sprint Course Title. He continues to compete in triathlons around the world. In 2012, the two-time world ironman champion, McCormack won the triathlon crown. He was not chosen for the 2012 Olympics, but he is an impressive athlete.

2. Alistair Brownlee

Brownlee finished in twelfth place in the 2008 Summer Olympics, but in 2012, he redeemed himself and won first place in triathlon. His brother won third place in this competition. In 2009, he won ITU Triathlon World Championship. He also won races in Madrid, London and Washington D.C. This British athlete is one to watch in 2013.

3. Francisco Javier Gomez Noya

In the 2012, Olympics, Gomez finished second to Alistair, and in 2008, he finished second to Jan Frodeno of Germany. Despite his loss in 2012, pundits felt that Gomez won the race overall. He finished only 11 seconds behind Alistair Brownlee. His performance was impressive, and he is expected to be a top competitor in 2013. He has competed with leaders such as Bevan Docherty.

More To Come From the World’s Top Triathlon Competitors

Not only can fans expect to see more from these competitors, but they can also expect to see more from others such as New Zealand’s Bevan Docherty, Britain’s Jonathan Brownlee, and Matt “Boom Boom” Reed. This is a labor intensive sport that requires incredible endurance and intensive training. As we move further into 2013, we can expect to view more from these incredible athletes as they train on their triathlon bicycles and improve their skill level.

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