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It was 15 years ago that Victoria’s Simon Whitfield won the first ever Olympic gold medal in the sport of triathlon at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Thursday, September 17th, the anniversary of that historic win, he was inducted into the International Triathlon Union (ITU) hall of fame in Chicago.

Whitfield went on to compete in three more Olympics Games, winning a silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics in a race that saw him redeem himself after a tough day during the 2004 Athens Olympics, where he finished in 11th position, “I quit before the line in Athens, when it was obvious I wasn’t going to win, I stopped giving it everything I had,” Whitfield said. “I regretted that afterwards and simply committed that in Beijing I would cross the line knowing I had left everything out on the course.”

He also earned a gold medal in the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and won seven World Cups in a four year span. He also won a total 14 ITU Triathlon World Cup and is a 12-time national champion.

Originally from Kingston, Ontario, the talented runner wanted to be the best at something and chose triathlon. He spent time in Australia training with one of the best teams, however, moved to Victoria, BC in 1996 and has remained here since.

Whitfield was inducted into the hall with Australians Michellie Jones, Emma Snowsill and Peter Robinson, as well as Hamish Carter of New Zealand and Vanessa Fernandes of Portugal.

The now 38-year-old spends his leisure time playing soccer and enjoying his stand-up paddle board. He is a father of two girls and a supporter of several charities and business such as Relentless Pursuit, Partners, Inc. Kicker Endurance, Velofix, Champion System and KidSport Canada.

Whitfield winning Sydney Olympic gold below and a video interview from 2013 at the TC10K.