ITU today announced 6 inductees for the second annual Triathlon Hall of Fame and the Aussies are ALL over it. Half of the athletes picked to honour their extraordinary achievements in the sport are from Australia: Emma Snowsill, Michellie Jones and Peter Robertson will be officially inducted into the ITU Hall of Fame at a gala held as a part of the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago on Thursday, September 17.
It’s only the second time the union has honoured triathletes in this way and guess what – 2 of last year’s 6 were Aussies too!
It’s got us thinking – where does Australia rank in terms of triathlon medals across Olympics, ITU and Ironman: 10 Ironman titles, 20 ITU titles and 1 Olympic title. Which makes them the best tri nation after the USA which has 29 Iron titles, 5 ITU and 0 Olympic.
So why are the Aussies so good at tri? Tri Australia probably won’t give away their performance programe details so we’ll just have to put it down to the weather. Imagine how good us Brits could be if we could cycle and run on dry roads all year round!
The Hall of Fame list in full:
Michellie Jones (AUS) – 2000 Sydney Olympic Games Silver Medalist, 2 x ITU World Champion, 2006 Ironman World Champion, 2 x overall World Cup Champion
Vanessa Fernandes (POR) – 2007 ITU World Championship: 1st 2007, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games silver medallist, 2 x World Cup Champion, 2 x ITU Duathlon World Champion, holds record World Cup wins with 20
Emma Snowsill (AUS) – 3 x ITU World Champion, 2008 Beijing Olympic Champion, 2000 ITU World Junior Champion, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games Champion
Hamish Carter (NZL) – 2004 Athens Olympic Champion, 1998 ITU World Cup Overall Champion (1998), 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, 2 x ITU World Triathlon Championships silver medallist
Peter Robertson (AUS) – 3 x ITU Triathlon World Champion, 2 x Olympian, 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games bronze medallist, record World Cup wins with 17
Simon Whitfield (CAN) – 2000 Sydney Olympic Champion, 2008 Beijing Olympic Games silver medallists, 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games Champion, 1999 Winnipeg Pan American Games bronze medallist
Chiharu Igaya (JPN) – 3 x Olympic skiier, Olympic silver medallist, Japan Triathlon Union President 1994-2009, ASTC Vice President 1994 – 2009, ITU Executive Board Member 1994-2008, IOC Member 1982 – 2011; Member of the IOC Executive Board 1987-1991, 1996-2000, Made countless contributions toward the development of triathlon, including the inclusion of triathlon in the Olympics when he was an IOC Executive Board Member and the development of triathlon in Asia
Those nominated for the men’s and women’s categories were selected based on the criteria that each has a championship title in one or more ITU World Championships, Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, World Cup Series, and/or ITU World Rankings.
For more information on each inductee, click here.