Triathlon World Cup

The Triathlon is an exhilarating and exciting multi discipline sport, which involves a continuous race with the competitors having to complete a swim section directly followed by a cycle ride and then a run.

The triathlon dates back to 1974 in Mission Bay, California, USA and was conceived by Jack Johnstone and Don Shanahan. It came about through a small collection of in-training runners, swimmers, and cyclists who started having informal races containing the three disciplines. By 1982 the sport was an international renowned event and is now included in the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.

The event is a race against the clock, which starts when the triathlete enters the swim and stops when they complete the run and cross the finish line.

The event varies in length depending on the event itself and are generally categorised into 4 internationally recognised areas, the Sprint Distance, Olympic Distance, Middle Distance and the Ironman Distance. The lengths for each are detailed below:

Sprint Distance has a 0.75km Swim, 20km Cycle and a 5km Run.

Olympic Distance has a 1.5km Swim, 40km Cycle and a 10km Run.

Middle Distance has a 2.5km Swim, 80km Cycle and a 20km Run

Ironman Distance has a 3.8km Swim, 180km Cycle and a 42km Run

Genre: Sport