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Countdown to Rio: Summer sports week in review

Lizzie Armitstead is proving something of a force this season after another podium finish at the women's Tour of Flanders.

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Stimpson storms to World Series victory in Auckland

Jodie Stimpson made a winning start to the World Triathlon Series season with a determined victory in Auckland.

Stimpson finished just ah...

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Jenkins came close to retiring ahead of World Series return

Ahead of her World Triathlon Series return in New Zealand this weekend, Helen Jenkins admits she considered retiring from the sport during an 18...

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Brownlee targets revenge in Auckland

London 2012 bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee is targeting revenge when the ITU World Triathlon Series gets under way on Sunday in Auckland.

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This Week in Olympic Sport: April 1-6

As the winter sport season effectively comes to a close this week the summer sport season slowly gets going – we take a look now at the action o...

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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...

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Sydney 2000
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Athens 2004
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Beijing 2008
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London 2012
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