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Triathlon

THE 2 EVENTS

  • 1 men's competition
  • 1 women's competition

THE FORMAT

1.5km swim, followed by a 40km bike ride and finally a 10km run all without interruption. Changes of outfit and equipment are part of the race. Mass start with the first person to cross the line declared the winner.

MILESTONES

1920's

The triathlon makes its debut in France where it is practiced at annual events in the greater Paris region (Joinville-le-Pont, Melun and Poissy).

1975

First triathlon in America at Fiesta Island (California).

February 18, 1978

Gordon Haller wins the first edition of the Hawaii triathlon.

1981

The triathlon begins to become popular in Europe.

April 1, 1989

The International Triathlon Union is founded.

August 6, 1989

40 national teams and 700 triathletes take part in the first triathlon world championships in France.

2000

The Olympic Games welcomes the triathlon as an official sport in Sydney.

STARS

Mark Allen (United States)

Ironman. He demands respect after three World Cups and six wins in the Ironman competition in Hawaii. He became the first triathlon world champion in 1989.

Simon Lessing (Great Britain)

Olympic title proves elusive. Five-time world champion over short course and long course. The Briton, originally from South Africa, has only seen the Olympic title elude him. At Sydney 2000, he had to settle for 9th place. Triple European champion over short course.

Brigitte McMahon (Switzerland)

The first. Brigitte Huber (married name McMahon) will forever be etched in the history books after becoming the first Olympic champion. It was her first major success at Sydney 2000 when she won the gold medal.

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