magazine announces its picks for the 15 greatest male triathletes of all time.
Whenever you put the word “greatest” in front of an athlete’s name, people start to bristle. And while it’s hard to pick the greatest male triathlete of all time,
Inside Triathlon magazine’s staff got to talking about our picks for the athletes to consider. In fairness, we’ve listed them in alphabetical order. Let us know who you think by contacting us on Twitter and Facebook. To subscribe, click here.
Craig Alexander One of the sport’s greatest runners, Alexander is one of only four men who has won consecutive titles at Kona. Photo: Robert Murphy Mark Allen The six-time Ironman world champion is the inspiration behind so many Ironman finishes and careers. Photo: Rich Cruse Greg Bennett Perhaps the most incredible feat that Bennett ever accomplished in his long (and ongoing) career was winning all five Life Time Fitness Grand Slam series events in 2007, earning him the richest triathlon purse in history. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Alistair Brownlee Although only 22, the 2009 world champion and favorite for gold in London has already proven himself worthy of this list. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Hamish Carter Olympic gold. ITU overall world cup gold. Xterra world champs gold. Hands down one of the greatest. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Conrad Stoltz Known as “The Caveman,” the two-time Olympian is the only man with four Xterra world titles. Photo: Xterra Bevan Docherty One of the most consistent racers in the sport, Docherty and Simon Whitfield own almost half of the Olympic triathlon medals in existence. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Javier Gomez Called the “Michael Jordan” of triathlon by many, Gomez and Alistair Brownlee have raised the bar in ITU triathlon to a level that’s never before been seen. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Simon Lessing A four-time ITU world champion, a long-course world champion, an Olympian, a four-time French Iron Tour champion—the list goes on. Photo: Rich Cruse Chris McCormack Although his accomplishments are too many to count, his epic win at Kona last year cements his status as one of the greatest of all time. Photo: Kupbens/Competitive Image Scott Molina One of the “Big Four,” Molina won 104 professional races in his career, including an Ironman world title. Photo: Lois Schwartz Craig Walton You cannot have a conversation about the greatest of all time without mentioning Walton, whose blistering swim/bike combo will go down in history. Photo: Delly Carr/Triathlon.org Greg Welch A prolific racer and winner in his career, Welch sparked what is now an Australian tradition of destroying the competition in Kona. Photo: Lois Schwartz Simon Whitfield The sport’s first gold medalist, in Athens, and a few seconds away from doing it again, eight years later, in Beijing. Photo: Jero Honda/Triathlon.org Dave Scott He’s Dave “The Man” Scott. Enough said. Photo: Nick Salazar
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