Definition of an ELITE triathlete or duathlete

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According to USA Triathlon, an athlete must meet one of six criteria to apply for elite status: finish within 8 percent of the winning elite time in three USA Triathlon-sanctioned events; finish in the top 10 and within 8 percent of the winner’s time at the International Triathlon Union Age Group World Championships; finish in the top 10 in the amateur field at the Ironman World Championship; finish in the top five and within 8 percent of the winning time at the USAT Age Group National Championships; finish in the top five and within 8 percent of the winning time at the USAT Collegiate National Championships; or finish in the top three in the amateur field at an Elite Qualifying Race.

So in the UK

1. Finish in the top 10 and within 8 percent of the winner’s time at the ITU AG Group World Championships

2. Finish in the top 5 and within 8 percent of the winning time at the ETU AG European Championships

3. Top 3 in the National Championships AND within 5% of winning time of your AG’s elite winner (as defined by above 2 criteria).

Thoughts? I invented the last one! but it seems reasonable.

 

Source: livestrong.com

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IowaTriBob

I always wondered how an elite become an elite. Great info and thanks for summarizing and posting.