Triathlon at the Olympics
The sport of Triathlon was first contested at the Sydney 2000 Games. Discipline distances vary in triathlon competitions around the world. The distances used at the Olympics are a 1.5 kilometer swim, 40 kilometer cycle, and a 10 kilometer run.
Races run over this distance are now commonly known as 'Olympic Distance' events. At the Olympics there is an event for both men and women.
- Mass starts are used for the swim leg, and drafting is allowed during the cycling discipline.
- There are no records kept for the Olympic Triathlon, as the terrain and conditions vary for each course.
- In the short history of the Triathlon at the Olympics, the best all-time performing triathlete is Canadian Simon Whitfield who has won a gold medal and a silver medal between 2000–2008. There are only two multiple winners, Whitfield and New Zealander Bevan Docherty. See more on the greatest Olympic triathletes.
- There is a push to have a mixed relay event included in future Olympics, though it has not been successfully added to the program for 2016.