Tokyo Olympic Games — July 23-August 8, 2021 

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Key Dates


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


  • May 1 - Restart of Olympic Qualification Period
  • June 21 - End of Olympic Qualification Period
  • July 26* - Tokyo Olympic Games - Men 
  • July 27* - Tokyo Olympic Games - Women
  • July 31* - Tokyo Olympic Games - Mixed Relay

*Note: because Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of Eastern time in the United States, these events will be a day earlier for fans in the United States. Visit our Follow the Action page for information on competition dates/times and how to watch.


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 began in Tokyo on Aug. 15-16, 2019, with the ITU test event. U.S. elite triathletes competing in the Tokyo ITU World Olympic Qualification Event had to finish in the top eight overall to automatically qualify for an Olympic Games spot, and a maximum of two athletes per gender could qualify. Summer Rappaport finished fifth in the women's race, becoming the first U.S. athlete to qualify.

Details of all qualification processes, which have been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic and one-year delay of the Games, are available at World Triathlon announced March 18, 2021 that the qualification window will re-open May 1 and remain open no later than June 21.


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. For more details, visit