Exceptional cardiovascular endurance is most important for triathletes, however body size and composition will also play an important role in the success of a triathlete. Suggested anthropometric fitness tests for triathlon are Height, Body mass and Skinfolds.
Anthropometry and Olympic Athletes
London 2012 Olympic Games
Here is some information from the analysis of the anthropometric data (height, weight and age) from the triathlon participants at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The triathletes were a little smaller than the average Olympian, though much lower in weight and subsequently body mass index (BMI). The profiles of swimmers and cyclists is presented for comparison.
|Sport||Age||Height (cm)||Weight (kg)||BMI|
|OVERALL AVERAGE (all sports)||26.1||176.9||72.8||23.3|
|Cycling (Road - all)||28.3||176.7||66.8||21.4|
Rio 2016 Olympic Games
Here is average data from the analysis of the anthropometric data of the triathletes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
|Age (years)||height (m)||weight (kg)||BMI|
|AVERAGE (all sports)||26.8||1.77||72.0||22.9|
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