As YOG fans will know, the first ever Youth Olympic Games event was the women’s triathlon, won by Japan’s Yuka Sato (who we have featured as part of our YOG on the Road to London 2012 campaign). A gruelling test of endurance, strength and speed composed of a 750-metre swim, a 20-kilometre cycle ride and a 5-kilometre run, it is fast, furious and fantastic to watch!
It seems somehow fitting, then, that the International Triathlon Union (ITU) is the first sports federation to visit Nanjing for a site visit ahead of the second summer Youth Olympic Games in 2014.
Speaking about the visit, ITU President Marisol Casado said: “I’m confident Nanjing will deliver a wonderful Games in 2014 and this visit by the ITU’s sports department marks the first steps towards a highly successful triathlon competition.”
She added: “We believe the Youth Olympic Games can inspire the world’s young people and will bring about a new generation of triathlon champions.”
The first generation of YOG triathletes has certainly set the bar high for the second wave with their achievements on the senior circuit. Leading the field is Yuka Sato, who recently took silver in the Asian Championships and is a hot contender to be selected for the Japanese team heading for the London 2012 Olympic Games.