What the numbers say: World Triathlon Leeds – Elite Men

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Anyone for a Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds statistic?

A few interesting numbers we’ve extracted while previewing the Elite Men’s race ahead of Sunday’s Columbia Threadneedle World Triathlon Leeds….


Of the 47 starters in the men’s race, only six athletes have won a World Triathlon Series race (Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee, Joao Silva, Vincet Luis, Henri Schoeman, Fernando Alarza).


Those six athletes have won a total of 37 World Triathlon Series races.

32 / 86.5%

Of those 37 victories, 32 have been won by the Brownlee brothers. 21 for Alistair, 11 for Jonathan.


Jonathan Brownlee has made the podium in World Triathlon Series races 28 times from 38 starts.


Alistair Brownlee has made the podium in World Triathlon Series races 26 times from 33 starts.


Of those 26 podium finishes, Alistair Brownlee has won 21 times. That’s a 64% win-to-starts percentage.


All of the men’s podium finishers from 2016, Alistair Brownlee, Jonathan Brownlee and Aaron Royle, will be racing on Sunday.

More than Everyone. Combined.

The total career WTS medal haul of the entire field – other than the Brownlee brothers – is 33. The Brownlee’s together have collected 54.


The most experienced athlete in the men’s field is Joao Silva (POR), who has started 47 previous WTS events.


Fernando Alarza (ESP) will wear bib #1. So far this year he has finished 4th (Abu Dhabi), 3rd (Gold Coast) and 2nd (Yokohama). Is it a sign…?!


Only two athletes (Fernando Alarza (ESP) and Henri Schoeman (RSA)), will start the men’s Elite race on Sunday having finished in the top-10 in all three previous WTS races this season.


Four male athletes will be making their World Triathlon Series debuts on Sunday: Eli Hemming (USA), Peter Denteneer (BEL), Casper Stornes (NOR) and Oscar Coggins (HKG).

One chance?

Alistair Brownlee is the only athlete, male or female, to have won at least one World Triathlon Series race in every season since 2009. Given that Leeds might well be his only start this year, can he keep that record going…?



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