We polled stars of the non-drafting triathlon world, all of whom got their start in ITU racing, to see their picks of the podiums for the Olympic triathlons. We also included a few photos of these athletes from their ITU-racing days.
The women’s race will take place tomorrow, Aug. 4, and the men’s race will take place Tuesday, Aug. 7. See the television schedule here.
For more from London, visit Triathlete.com/Olympics.
Julie Dibens (GBR)
2009 Xterra and 70.3 world champion
Gold: Helen Jenkins because she’s British, a top-class fighter with a heart of gold and is gonna come up with the goods on the day.
Silver: Erin Densham will fall just short and pick up silver. It’s been a tough selection process and despite showing great form, that extra energy she has expended to get to the start line will stop her from getting gold. Still got plenty of run speed to grab silver though.
Bronze: Laura Bennett has had a great consistent block of training leading in, will handle the Olympic pressure better than most and has some Bennett fourth-place demons to put to bed.
Gold: Ali Brownlee. His performance at the last WCS was so dominant, and with the added help of super domestique Stu Hayes who will control the race, just can’t see Ali losing.
Silver: A dark horse. Not sure who—possibly Hunter Kemper or Bevan Docherty. History has shown that someone unexpected always comes up with the goods on the Olympic stage.
Bronze: Jonny Brownlee. I just sense that someone is going to step in and ruin the Brownlee dream of a one-two punch. Still a phenomenal performance.