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Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games — Sept. 7-18, 2016

USA Paratriathlon | Elite Paratriathlon | Rio de Janeiro 2016 Paralympic Games


Qualification and Selection Criteria

ITU Qualification Procedures
Three medal events will be held per gender (6 total) for a combined maximum field of 60 athletes (30 men, 30 women):

Men's medal events: PT1, PT2, PT4
Women's medal events: PT2, PT4, PT5

  • Qualification slots will be allocated to each National Paralympic Committee (NPC) through the ITU World Championships and the ITU Paralympic Qualification List – maximum of two qualification slots per medal event (12 total per NPC)
  • Top-ranked athletes in each medal event at the 2015 ITU World Championships earn a sport for their NPC
  • The top six ranked athletes on the ITU Paralympic Qualification list also earn a spot for the NPC
  • Eight qualification spots will be determined by the Bipartite Commission (allocated directly to athletes – not to NPCs)

U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team Selection Criteria
If the U.S. earns quota spots for the Paralympic Games, individual spots may be earned at three events, with priority given first to the Rio de Janeiro ITU World Paratriathlon Event, then the 2016 CAMTRI Paratriathlon Championships on March 12-13, and finally, the ITU Paratriathlon World Championships on Sept. 18, 2015.

At each of the three identified events, a qualifying athlete must be the top U.S. finisher, provided the finish is within the top one-third of race starters in the respective sport class and also within five percent of the sport class winner’s time. Only one U.S. paratriathlete per sport class will be eligible to qualify at each event. Event information for the second priority selection event will be posted at usatriathlon.org within 30 days of ITU posting the final 2016 paratriathlon calendar of events. If spots still remain after these three priority events, additional priority order criteria is outlined in the athlete selection procedures.

The U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team will be nominated on or before July 26, 2016. 

Complete details of the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team qualification process are available here (PDF).

A free webinar explaining the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team qualification criteria is available here

Additional Selection Criteria Documents
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team Leader Selection Procedures
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Additional Officials Selection Procedures (updated June 27)
U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Coach Selection Procedures (updated June 27)