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 Olympic Games, the best all-time performing triathlete is Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee who has won two gold medals (2012 and 2016). See more on the greatest Olympic triathletes.
- In 2016, Alistair Brownlee and his younger brother Jonny took first and second place in the men's triathlon. Four years earlier in 2012, they finished first and third.
- 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.