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Triathlon was invented as an alternative workout to track training in the 1970s, and made its Olympic debut at the 2000 Sydney Games.

Alternative workout

Triathlon was invented in the early 1970s by the San Diego Track Club, as an alternative workout to the rigours of track training. The club's first event consisted of a 10km run, an 8km cycle and a 500m swim. Over the next decade, triathlon’s popularity continued to build, and it soon gained worldwide recognition.

First World Championships

In 1989, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) was founded in Avignon, France, and the first official World Championships were held. The official distance for triathlon was set at a 1,500m swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run – taken from existing events in each discipline already on the Olympic programme.

World cup circuit

In 1991, the ITU launched its first full season of the World Cup circuit. Twelve races were contested in nine different countries. More World Cup races have subsequently been added every year as the sport’s appeal continues to grow.

Olympic debut

Triathlon made its Olympic full medal debut at the 2000 Sydney Games. This helped the sport to become even more popular. It now has over 120 affiliated national federations around the world.

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Triathlon - Men
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Triathlon - Men

Alistair Brownlee of Great Britain competes during the Men's Triathlon at Fort Copacabana on Day 13 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Triathlon - Individual Men - Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Highlights of the Triathlon - Individual Men on Day 13 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Fort Copacabana on August 18, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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Europe 1 Win Team Triathlon - Highlights | Day 5

Highlights from Day 5 at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games involving the International Team Triathlon event. Medals: Gold - Europe 1Silver - Europe 3Bronze - Oceania 1
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Asia 2 Team ready to go in the 4X Mixed Relay's Final of triathlon

Nanjing 2014 - China's Feng Jingshuang (R) of Asia 2 shakes her hand with her teammates before the 4X Mixed Relay's Final of triathlon event at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games on August 21, 2014. Asia 2 ranked 13th. 
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Great Britain's Ben Dijkstra goes for the Gold

Nanjing 2014 - Great Britain's Ben Dijkstra (L) of Europe 1 celebrates with the audiences before crossing the finishing line during the 4X Mixed Relay's Triathlon Final at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing on August 21, 2014. Europe 1 won the gold. 
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Triathlon 4X Mixed Relay Final

Nanjing 2014 - Portugal's Miguel Cassiano (Front , L) and Denmark's Alberte Kjaer Pedersen (R) of Europe 4 compete during the 4X Mixed Relay's Final of triathlon event at the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing on August 21, 2014. 
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