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06 Jul 2006
Olympic News

Triathlon Passion at the Olympic Museum

On 2 and 3 September, Lausanne will be hosting the Triathlon World Championships. This is a chance for the Olympic Museum to devote an exhibition to this young event which became an Olympic sport at the 2000 Games in Sydney.
Rather unusual beginnings…
In 1977, a US navy veteran based in Honolulu launched the challenge of combining into one event the three toughest competitions in the archipelago: the Waikiki Rough Water Swim (3.8 km), the Around Ohau Bike Race (180 km) and the Honolulu Marathon (42.195 km). The triathlon was born the following year.
Triathlon on a more human scale
Today, the distances for the standard triathlon have been reduced. The competition is contested over 51.5 km (swimming: 1.5 km; cycling: 40 km; and running: 10 km). For all that, triathlon is still a demanding sport, with no outside help allowed throughout the race and with no rest time during the transition phases.
Three disciplines, three exhibition areas
The exhibition is spread out over three zones devoted to the three disciplines: swimming, cycling and running. In the centre is an area set aside for athlete training. And to conclude the visit, a look ahead to Beijing 2008 and its triathlon venue: the Ming Tomb Reservoir!
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