- 01 Sep 2006
- Olympic News
Olympic Museum: uninterrupted view of the triathlon
The Triathlon World Championships are taking place in Lausanne on 2 and 3 September. It is the second time they have taken place in the Olympic Capital, but the first at which the swimming, cycling and running are being staged partly on the Quai d’Ouchy, opposite the Olympic Museum. Since Tuesday, the participants have been coming to collect their accreditations. They have also been able to visit the Museum free-of-charge.
An unmissable triathlon exhibition
As part of this wide-scale event, the Olympic Museum is putting on Passion Triathlon, an interesting exhibition which retraces the history and highlights of this demanding sport, which made its first appearance at the Olympic Games in 2000 in Sydney.
An unusual beginning …
The triathlon was born in Hawaii. In 1977, a US navy veteran living in Honolulu set a challenge to bring together in one single event the three toughest competitions on the archipelago: the Waikiki Rough Water Swim (3.8km), the Around Ohau Bike Race (180km) and the Honolulu Marathon (42.195km). The triathlon was born the following year and became known as the Ironman.
Triathlon on a more human scale
Today, the distances of the classic triathlon have been reduced. The event is staged over 51.5km (1.5km of swimming, 40km of cycling and 10km running). The triathlon is still nevertheless a difficult sport, which forbids any external help over the whole route or any rest stops during the transition phases.