The men’s ITU circuit has been top-heavy over the past three years with British brothers Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee and Javier Gomez of Spain dominating. That being said, given the anything-can-happen nature of the Olympics, there’s no guarantee that the Brownlees or Gomez will end up on the podium. (Who would have guessed that Jan Frodeno of Germany would win in Beijing in 2008—he had never won a major event before in his life.)
With London being a flat runner’s course, and with Olympic triathlons often turning into tactical affairs, some believe that the 2012 gold medalist will be the fastest sprinter (Jonathan is the reigning world sprint champ). But Alistair proved at the London Olympic test event last year that a breakaway on the bike is possible despite London’s flat course, which gives the sport’s super cyclists an opportunity to steal a podium spot. And it’s unlikely that the Brownlees will let the race unfold via tactics, as they’re known for going balls-to-the-wall from the gun.
Given this, you can bet that the 2012 London Olympic triathlon will be an event to behold. Here are just a few of the men who have a shot at a medal.