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Team GB Confirm Competing Sports for European Games 2015

The British Olympic Association (BOA) can today announce the 14 sports/20 disciplines chasing qualification to represent Team GB in next year’s ...

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COUNTDOWN TO RIO: SUMMER SPORTS WEEK IN REVIEW

Alistair Brownlee might not have won the overall World Triathlon Series title but he admitted victory at the Grand Final in Edm...

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Struggling Stimpson misses out on world triathlon title

Jodie Stimpson admitted her bid to claim the ITU World Triathlon Series title in Edmonton was always going to be a tough ask as she finished fou...

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Nanjing Youth Olympic Games - Day Two Review

Triathlete Ben Dijkstra admitted he gave his all en route to claiming Team GB’s first gold of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

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Rainsley aims to carry on British triathlon success in China

Sian Rainsley insists she is ready to carry on Great Britain’s impressive triathlon success at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing.

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History

The first modern triathlon was organised on 25th of September 1974 in Mission Bay in San Diego, California, USA. However, it’s believed that triathlons also took place in France during the 1920s. The International Triathlon Union (ITU) was founded in May of 1989 in Avignon, France and the same town staged the first World Championships in August of the same year. First official British Triathlon was at Kirton's Farm near reading on 5th June 1983

 

Olympic History

In 1994, during an IOC session in Paris, it was announced that the sport had formally become part of the Olympic Programme.

The triathlon made its debut at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney where 500,000 spectators watched the event for two days.

Technical

The distances for the each leg of the modern triathlon in Olympic and world championships competition are: 1500m open-water swim, 40km cycle and 10,000m run.

At the Olympics both men’s and women’s events are capped at 55 qualified competitors. After a mass start for the swim leg, the race remains continuous, with no stop between the three legs.

Changeovers - better known as transitions – are vital to the race strategy. The time taken to change over gear and equipment from one phase of the race to the next can have a huge impact on the race. 

equipment

Essential equipment for a triathlete consists of a tri suit, a pair of swimming goggles, a bicycle, a bicycle helmet and a pair of running shoes.

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Alistair Brownlee is a double world champion in the ITU World Championship Series and a multiple winner on the circuit.

He is a two-time winner of the ITU World Championship Series race in London – 2009 and 2011 – and a doub...

Our Results

Total: 5 medals
  • 3 Gold
  • 1 Silver
  • 1 Bronze
Sydney 2000
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Athens 2004
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  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
Beijing 2008
  • 0 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
London 2012
  • 1 Gold
  • 0 Silver
  • 1 Bronze
Nanjing 2014
  • 2 Gold
  • 1 Silver
  • 0 Bronze
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