Tokyo Olympic Games — July 23 - August 8, 2021 

Tokyo Olympics | Olympic Triathlon Timeline | Past Teams


Key Dates


  • August 29/30 - Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event


  • July 26 - Tokyo Olympic Games - Men
  • July 27 - Tokyo Olympic Games - Women
  • July 31 - Tokyo Olympic Games - Mixed Relay


Olympian Sarah True, along with Michael Phelps, Simone Biles and Kerri Walsh, talk about the sacrifices they make in pursuit of Olympic glory.


U.S. Olympic Team Qualification Criteria

The selection period for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Triathlon Team begins in Tokyo on Aug. 15-16 with the ITU test event. U.S. elite triathletes competing in the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event must finish in the top eight (or three) overall to automatically qualify for an Olympic Games spot, and a maximum of two athletes per gender may qualify. If two spots are not earned at the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event, one automatic qualifying spot will be available at the ITU World Triathlon Series in Yokohama in 2019, granted the athlete finishes in the top three or eight.

If spots still remain after the three selection events, athletes may be selected by the Elite Athlete Selection Committee and/or an Objective Ranking System. Details of all qualification processes are available at

For more detailed information about these selection procedures, please see this pdf


ITU Qualification Criteria

Triathlon in the Olympic Games will feature a total field of 55 men and 55 women. A maximum of three athletes per gender per national federation (NF) will be allowed. Only eight NFs will be allowed three athletes per gender and all others will be allowed a maximum of two.

  • ITU criteria is as follows (athletes must meet one of the following):
    • TBD

National Federation spots will be awarded to:

  • TBD