A triathlon is a multi-sport race with three continuous and sequential endurance races. The word is of Greek origin, τρεῖς or try/three and θλος or athlos/competition.

Although variants of this sport exist, the most common form includes swimming, cycling and running over different distances. Triathletes compete for the fastest race, including the timed transitions between the three races. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic Triathlon tickets online.

A transition zone is set up where the athletes change gears for different segments of the race. This is where you go from swimming to cycling and going to the race. These areas are used to store bikes, performance clothing, and any other necessary accessories for the next stage of the race.

Olympic Triathlon at Tokyo 2020
Olympic Triathlon at Tokyo 2020

The transition from swimming to cycling is called T1 and the one between the bike and the race is called T2. The total time spent by the athlete for the race includes time spent in T1 and T2. The size of the transition zones varies according to the expected number of participants. In addition, these areas provide a h social headquarters before the race.

The evolution of triathlon as a separate event is difficult to trace accurately. Many, including the triathlon historian and author Scott Tinley, consider the events of the early twentieth century in France as the beginnings of triathlon. Many multi-sport events of three different composition elements all appear under different names.

The first modern swim/bike/ race event was held in Mission Bay, San Diego, California on September 25, 1974. The race was designed and led by two members of the San Diego Running Club, Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan.

The triathlon made its debut at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney and has been played since. It is governed by the International Triathlon Union. The 2000 Summer Olympics saw the first appearance of triathlon.

Olympic Triathlon at Tokyo 2020
Olympic Triathlon at Tokyo 2020

48 women and 52 men participated in separate triathlons. The distances used were “international” or “standard” distances, with a swim of 1.5 km (0.93 mi), a cycle of 40 km (25 mi) and a race of 10 km (6.2 mi).

The Olympic Triathlon consists of two medal events, one for men and the other for women. Both use the same distances of 1.5 km, 40 km, and 10 km. Mass starts are used and the draw is allowed during the cycle phase.

Due to the variability of course and uncontrollable conditions, time-based official records are not retained for a triathlon. This rule also applies to the Olympic Games.

Changes for Tokyo 2020

At the Tokyo Olympics, a mixed relay race will be included. Teams of two men and two women will compete on a course consisting of a swim of 300 m, a cycle of 8 km and a race of 2 km before marking a teammate.

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