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Triathlon

 

About the sport

The triathlon is a specialty that combines swimming, cycling, and athletics (race), without any intervals in the transition. The first event of this “mix” took place in France in 1920. The distances vary according to the competition, although resistance is the main characteristic. The Olympic version has a 1.5 km swim (in open waters), 40km cycling (in a road circuit) and 10km race (also on the road).

The race debuted during the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. Since then no country has won more than one gold medal. Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria each have one gold medal. The men’s record is held by the Canadian Simon Whitfield (1h48m24s02), obtained in 2000, and the women’s record is held by the Australian Emma Snowsill (1h58min27s66), established in 2008. During the Olympic Games, the event will take place on the 4th (women) and 7th (men) of August.

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Star athletes

Athletes to Watch

They will be protagonists at the Olympic Games

Hall of Fame

Stars that made history in the Olympic Games

Helen JenkinsHelen JenkinsCountry:Great Britain

Second position in the Olympic ranking, the athlete is one of the main United Kingdon medal promisses, in the event that will take place at Hyde Park.


Jan FrodenoJan FrodenoCountry: Germany

After the title in Beijing 2008, his production fell down and he did not hold good regularity, but it is still mentioned as one of the favorites for gold in London.

Simon WhitfieldSimon WhitfieldCountry: Canada

Olympic Champion in Sydney 2000, Simon finished 11th in Athens, but he returned to the podium in Beijing, when he took the silver medal.


Emma SnowsillEmma SnowsillCountry: Australia

Among the the four medals won by australians in the three events, she won gold in Beijing. Moffat won Bronze and shared the podium with Snowsill.

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