Consisting of a consecutive swim, bicycle ride and run, the triathlon requires a great deal of endurance, even compared to other Olympic sports. Triathlon distances vary, but in the Olympics, the distance for men and women are both a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike portion and a 10-kilometer run. Although the sport itself is fairly new, being first introduced in 1974, the sport has become well-known and became an Olympic event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This year, a new mixed relay with teams of two men and two women will also be introduced. The team relay event sees one competitor tackle a 300-meter swim, eight-kilometer ride and a two-kilometer run before tagging a teammate to repeat the same course. This is repeated until all four have completed the course.
Triathlon events will be held on July 26, 27 and 31.
Venue and access information
The triathlon will take place in Odaiba Marine Park, located in Odaiba Ward with a capacity of 5,500. The venue is about three minutes from Daiba Station and Odaiba-Kaijin-Koen Station on the Yurikamome Line.