The International Triathlon Union (ITU) and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially declared that Triathlon assorted Team Relays will be included on the program for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Fans from all over the world can buy Olympic 2020 Triathlon tickets online.
In the assorted Team Relay race format, 4 athletes – 2 men and 2 women – participate on each team. Each athlete has to finish a super-sprint-distance course covering a 300-meter swim, 9-kilometer bike and 2-kilometer run before tagging off to the next teammate, with the fastest amalgamated time winning the race. The dense race footprint is ideal for spectator viewing, and the all-out racing lends itself to dramatic finishes.
USA Triathlon President and ITU Executive Board Member Barry Siff said: “The addition of assorted Team Relays to the Olympic Games is a tremendous step in the continued growth of triathlon worldwide. Having another medal event will bring an added dimension and increased excitement to our sport, as it is extremely viewer-friendly. Hopefully, it will also find its way into the grassroots of our sport with race directors identifying creative ways to include more relays in their events. Very importantly, USA Triathlon wants to thank the ITU and especially its President, Marisol Casado, for providing the leadership necessary to achieve this outcome.”
United State is the defending world champion in the assorted Team Relay, with the team of Gwen Jorgensen, Ben Kanute, Kirsten Kasper and Joe Maloy taking the title at the 2016 ITU assorted Team Relay World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.
2016 Olympic gold medalist Gwen Jorgensen said: “Winning the assorted Team Relay world championship title as a part of Team USA last year was an amazing experience, and I look forward to the opportunity to race on the Olympic stage with my U.S. teammates in Toky. It will be so exciting to have multiple medal events in triathlon at the 2020 Olympic Games.”
The assorted Team Relays at the 2020 Olympic Games will be organized at Tokyo’s Odaiba Marine Park, the same venue as the men’s and women’s Olympic triathlon races.
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