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Triathlon at the Olympics

The sport of Triathlon was first contested at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. The competition distances used in triathlon competitions around the world can vary, though 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.

In the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games another triathlon event has been added with the inclusion of a mixed relay race. Teams of two men and two women will compete on a course consisting of a 300m swim, 8km cycle, and 2km run before tagging a teammate.


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