The Olympics were obviously a major highlight of the 2012 ITU year, but overall it was a huge year for triathlon’s development worldwide - with a large number of firsts. Here we try to capture just some of the moments that made it a great year, in easy to digest bits.
1 – Super triathlon baby on the way. In November, Olympic gold medallist Nicola Spirig and husband Reto Hug announced they were expecting their first child.
6 - The number of countries on the top of the podium in this year’s elite ITU world championship races in Auckland, Sweden, Great Britain, Japan, South Africa and Australia. It was also the first ITU World Championship ever for Japan and South Africa, with Fumika Matsumoto and Wian Sullwald’s win’s in the junior women’s and junior men’s events respectively. Great Britain was the only nation to win two titles, with Jonathan Brownlee and Non Stanford taking the elite men’s and U23 women’s titles respectively. The other titles went to Sweden’s Lisa Norden (elite women) and Australia’s Aaron Royle (U23men).
9 – World Cup races in eight different countries - Australia, Japan, Mexico, Canada, Hungary, Colombia, Spain and South Korea. Mexico was the only country to host two events, with Huatulco and Cancun both on the 2012 schedule.
14 – First-time World Cup winners in the 2012 season, including France’s Laurent Vidal in Mooloolaba, France’s David Hauss and Canada’s Kathy Tremblay in Ishigaki, Belgium’s Simon de Cuyper and Bermuda’s Flora Duffy in Huatulco, the USA’s Lukas Verzbicas in Banyoles, Kyle Jones and Lauren Campbell in Edmonton, France’s Pierre Le Corre in the new sprint heat format in Tiszaujvaros, Mexico’s Crisanto Grajales and Jodie Stimpson in Guatape and Mexico’s Sergio Sarmiento and Great Britain’s Katie Hewison in Cancun. Overall there were 11 different nations who claimed ITU World Cup wins in 2012, with Bermuda’s Duffy the first from her nation to win a World Cup title. Click here for the full results
14 - Elite ITU World Champions crowned in 2012. Aside from the elite world titles won by Lisa Norden and Jonathan Brownlee, there were another six World Championship events – which means another 12 elite men’s and women’s winners. The first world championships of the year were in Finland where Russia’s Pavel Andreev and the Czech Republic’s Helena Erbenova took the Winter Triathlon titles across a run, mountain bike and ski – all on snow. The next were the Cross Triathlon Worlds with a...